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They Are Wearing: Jazz Age Lawn Party

The shining stars of the festival were the elaborate and realistically spot-on costumes: straight-line chemises, drop-waist dresses and retro swimsuits.

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Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra, with a little help from some 2,500 guests, took a step back in time last weekend at the annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on New York’s Governors Island. The Roaring Twenties was the destination and guests channeled the period in true spirit with a myriad of era-friendly activities from Charleston dance lessons to chugging a bit of old-fashioned hooch. But the shining stars of the festival were the elaborate and realistically spot-on costumes: straight-line chemises, drop-waist dresses and retro swimsuits, for starters, most of which were accompanied by loops of pearls, decorative headpieces and plenty of bob hairstyles. Not to be left behind, the men were as dapper as could be, many in crisp three-piece summer suits topped off with bow ties, pocket squares and straw hats.

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