Besides being my favorite movie of 2013 (and perhaps of all time), Baz Luhrmann’s cinematic adaptation ‘The Great Gatsby’ has created a frenzy around the fabulous fashion in the 1920’s. This frenzy doesn’t awe many as fashion in that era was glamorous and note-worthy. But Luhrmann also appointed Oscar-winning costume designer Catherine Martin for the movie and she epitomizes talent and vision.
Note: Elizabeth Debicki in the role of Jordan Baker; wearing a gold silk blouse and beige palazzo pants.
For ‘The Great Gatsby’, Luhrmann appointed the fashion dream-team of Catherine Martine and Miuccia Prada. He approached Ms. Prada to collaborate on 41 dresses for the extravagant parties in the film and when the costume designer Catherine Martine tried the Prada and Miu Miu looks for the screen tests, she knew it was a match made in a very fashionable heaven.
Note: Prada used her archive as a starting point of inspiration for ‘The Great Gatsby’, for instance “The Chandelier Dress” from the spring/summer 2010 collection.
Ms. Prada said that they weren’t “making a documentary” but “trying to express a story in a way in which Fitzgerald’s visceral modernity is able to transgress the plane of the screen”. Therefore, even though you do find the lustful dropped waists, chiffon overlays and delicate beading, you also have many costumes inspired from recent Prada and Miu Miu lines with altered colors, necklines, waistlines and enhanced or removed decorations.
Note: Gatsby and Daisy, tugging at my heart strings.
But we can’t deny it, it’s definetely the 1920’s, roaring and soaring fashion.
I love the flapper dresses, the head scarves, the bow ties, the spectacular shoes and the diamonds. Mr. Luhrmann “wanted to show her (Mulligan’s character Daisy Buchanan) as the most beautiful and rich woman on Earth” and he did.
Note: Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan wearing a gold silk gown with crystal beaded overlay; Tiffany pearl bracelet and a diamond headpiece.