Molto grazie to Signor Maurizio and Signora Margarita for the invitation to join them at the Seoul International Women's Association's "Roaring 20s" party at the Grand Hilton Hotel at Seodaemun-gu.
As the party theme says, it's all about the 1920s: the costume, the look and of course, the attitude! With my hosts prepared to look the part, I was pressured to do the same!
So I googled the 1920s costumes and saw the easiest ensemble I could duplicate from my cabinet which contains mostly office shirts and pants, Nike tees and shorts, and a few mismatched socks.
After rummaging through dusty hangers and unpressed shirts, I was able to pull out a suit, a black shirt and a pair of white socks. Missing are a black fedora and a white tie. So off I hurried to Itaewon before the party day to look for a the fedora and white tie -- because who, in this year of 2010, would want to actually wear a white neck tie? Perhaps somebody from 1920s?
On the day, a Saturday, dressed up like a cross between Bugsy Malone and a gangster without a gang, I walked from my apartment to my hosts villa at the UN Village amidst the funny stares of the pedestrians I met along the main street. I didn't care if they thought I looked funny or amusing. I was Bugsy and they're lucky I didn't have a machine gun that afternoon. I only had a fake mousetache created by a marker pen. Hahaha!
At the party, almost everybody looked like they were from the 1920s -- with guys looking like the Godfather or another gangster like me (but with matching black-and-white shoes) and with the ladies with their frilly skirts, necklaces and headdresses.
The party was fun with all the costumes, the dancing, the food and the booze!
I didn't know the 1920s costumes were that easy, although I think the 2010 summer look is easier: a pair of shorts, a tee and a pair of sandals. And you wouldn't get that funny stare while walking around the neighborhood.