How does it compare to the Gatsby suit? Is it a replica? Is it worth $5,000? Here’s what you’ll find. And, the truth.
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What Is Gatsby Dress?
Gatsby is a guy with a very unique history. He was a man who got his first real jobs as a child of working as a car salesman, and eventually became one of the city of New York’s top art dealers. His first big hit was the painting “The Scream.” He later became so good at his craft he was appointed head of the commission of a huge statue of Vincent Van Gogh in Amsterdam.
Although he was very successful, he also began to be involved in a lot of dirty things — including prostitution, money laundering, and drug trafficking. His downfall came when, having amassed money so rich he was an undisputed master at the game of bribing and blackmailing politicians and politicians’ wives. He was found guilty of murder in 1962. He spent 23 months in jail, but not for murder.
“Gatsby and all his friends were the great American success stories,” said writer Michael Arrington. “They were all the very best in the art world … In the late 60s, they wanted to be rich. So they became wealthy and the only way they thought of getting rich was becoming famous. And as far as they were concerned, it was a great business opportunity.”
It was around this time in the early 1970s when Gatsby became a big name in the world of celebrity advertising. He sold these advertisements that he dressed up in a suit that became popular in the fashion world, particularly in the United States.
“Gatsby’s suits were sold in thrift shops from New York to Los Angeles; they were popular on the streets of New York,” Arrington told NewsHour.
According to some, they were originally created to appeal to the very wealthy. But the Gatsby brand was much bigger than the fashion and was sold to a much larger audience. “By the mid-’70s, Gatsby was selling to everyone in between,” Arrington explained. Some of these people were actually his customers.
“There were thousands of people from all of New York who made their living being a Gatsby collector,”
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