The Great Gala at The Great Overland Station


The Great Gala
Friday, March 1 | 7-9:00 pm
Great Overland Station, 701 N. Kansas Ave.

If you’re like me you’ve probably spent February reading, discussing and experiencing The Great Gatsby and the Roaring Twenties.

Did you know that the Library is partnering with the Great Overland Station to throw a “Gatsby” inspired party to celebrate the end of The Big Read? The Big Read is a National Endowment for the Arts-sponsored community reading initiative that unites the community around one book.

The Great Gala will be a great time to put on your “Gatsby style” and enjoy a delightful evening set in the Roaring Twenties: live music, dance, food and drink. (Alcoholic beverages for sale.) Be our guest at this free First Friday Artwalk event. Dress in 1920s style. Let the Great Overland Station, with its Art Deco details, will inspire you to learn the Charleston as you swing with Cliff Manning and the One O’Clock Jump band. Share the event with others; use this electronic flier.

In preparation for the Gala, I started exploring women’s fashion during the Roaring Twenties so I would know what to wear! What i discovered was that fashion during the 1920s was about rebellion. Women were entering the workforce, cutting their hair, shortening their hemlines, and ditching the corsets.

Alice Joyce, Feb. 1926The most recognizable women’s outfit during the 1920s was the flapper dress. Flapper dresses was sleek, straight, loose and sleeveless. These dresses had a dropped waistline below the hips and were made for dancing.

Women's fashion of the 1920sAnother trend that started during the 1920s was the boyish figure. The formfitting corset were replaced by a chemise or camisole and the dresses became a shapeless silhouette with no waistlines.

Here are some tips to help you create your own Roaring Twenties inspired look for The Great Gala:

  • women wore dresses that were loose and not fitted
  • waistlines dropped below the hips or had no waistline at all
  • necklines tended to be square or straight
  • hemlines became shorted with pleats, gathers or slits for dancing
  • hats were close and cropped, fitting head

Remember the 1920s was a time to let your hair down and throw caution to the wind! Embrace your inner flapper and join Topeka as we celebrate the end of The Big Read with our Great Gatsby inspired Gala.

The Great Gala
Friday, March 1 | 7-9:00 pm  |  Great Overland Station, 701 N. Kansas Ave.
(free, ample parking provided at The Great Overland Station)
For more information about The Great Gala, please contact the Library at 580-4486.


Zan Popp

Hello, I'm your friendly neighborhood Curator of Exhibitions. I have the amazing job of creating, building and presenting wonderful art exhibits for you at the library's Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery.

2 thoughts on “The Great Gala at The Great Overland Station

  1. Hello, I am making a website for a school project. I saw you had a picture of Alice Joyce on your page and I wanted to ask permission to use the photo on my site. I understand if this is not possible. Thank you for your time.
    Sincerely, Annabelle O’Neill

  2. I’m really disappointed that I missed this. Will the library be putting on something like this again in the future?

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