Get Seen » At a Gatsby Gala at Space with a Soul

To celebrate Jumpstart's 20th anniversary, the nonprofit's Boston Young Professionals Board decided to celebrate in true '20s fashion with a Gatsby-themed gala. Never ones to miss a chance at retro debauchery, we put on our dancing shoes and headed to Fort Point, where we followed some flappers across a nondescript lobby, into an elevator, and through a maze of hallways to a tucked-away ballroom where swing music blared and giggle water flowed. Gents looked dapper in vests and caps, and ladies looked like the bee's knees in beaded dresses and miles of pearls. Aside from throwing an epic party, the YPB raised $18,000 for Jumpstart, which helps pre-school children in low-income neighborhoods develop key language and literacy skills. For more information, visit

Jan Marie Olownia, singer in Jan Marie and the Mean Reds

Ready-to-wear really isn't her thing. Jan Marie customized her entire outfit, cutting the sleeves off a frothy mint-green dress from the Garment District and sewing them back on in a new style. She also made the belt and the headpiece.

Performing everything from Dolly Parton to Beyoncé, her band plays regularly at Boston Swing Central and travels as far as Minneapolis and Montreal - but that night they got the local crowd jiving in their flapper finery.

When she's not on stage, her style is usually vintage-inspired, though she relates more to fashions of the 1940s through the '60s than those of the roaring '20s. She loves pinstripes and T-strap shoes, stocking her closet with finds from vintage markets and Goodwill.

Jan Marie isn't afraid to work for her wardrobe: she first laid eyes on her beautiful crystal necklace at the Cambridge Antique Market and stalked it for five months, finally persuading the owner to break up the set it was a part of and sell it to her.

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