Fashion and Film Friday: Chicago


Fashion and Film Friday: Chicago 1920s flapper fashion
roxie heart chicago

 I'm just packing up to go to the country this weekend so I leave you with this week's Fashion and Film Friday: Chicago

I've said it before, I'm not wild about Renee Zellweger but you can't deny the catchy tunes, bright lights and other fabulous talent in Chicago. For us curvy gals, Catherine Zeta Jones and Queen Latifah both provide inspiration to shimmy and shake...and all that jazz.

velma kelly chicago

queen latifa chicago

Chicago is based on the 1926 play "Chicago" by Maurine Watkins. Watkins was a reporter who was working on the cases of 2 murderesses Belva Gaertner and Beulah Sheriff Annan. These women became the inspiration for the play (and now musical) Chicago.

Beaulah- the read Roxie Heart
Beaulah- the original Roxie Hart

Belva the real velma kelly
Belva- the original Velma Kelly

While many of the costumes of Chicago are fanciful stage costumes, there are plenty of examples of hairstyles of the time. The fantastic costumes were designed by Colleen Atwood (That Thing You Do, Little Women,Big Fish, Alice in Wonderland).

chicago movie flapper fashion and movie costumes


  1. I love Chicago! I saw the stage show years ago and it was amazing!

  2. Oh, I'd love to see it on stage! Hopefully it comes back to St Louis sometime soon!!

  3. This is soo funny that you posted this today of all days! I just went to a drag show last night and a bunch of the Drag Queens did several songs from Chicago!

  4. I love Chicago, Velma Kelly is such a style inspiration of mine!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

  5. LOL! That is too funny. I LOVE drag shows, I bet that was a great time! :)

  6. I actually love Renee, and remember liking Chicago and Catherine Zeta Jones in it too.

  7. I love this movie! I missed seeing the stage show though :( I absolutely adore Catherine Zeta Jones' court outfit.

  8. Chicago is one of my all time fave movies/theatre shows!

  9. I love, love, LOVE 'Chicago'! Have you seen 'Nine'? You'll probably like that as well. It's a little slow at first but is overall amazing. :]

  10. I adore this film (I like most musicals I've seen ;]), actually. I really love Renee Zellweger (most of the time - best in Bridget Jones and Empire Records)...I also quite like Catherine Zeta Jones (grew up watching her in The Darling Buds of May). I believe she was pregnant whilst shooting this?
    -Andi x

  11. Mom and I saw the stage show last year, it's not quite the production the movie was, the music was really the focus, there were no costume changes through the whole film.

  12. I love those flappers!


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