This story combines my two favourite things – books and fashion. If you don’t already know, one of the most anticipated films of 2013 is Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Isla Fisher.
But it’s not about the film, or the book, that I’m here to talk about… it’s the clothes – of course. Now, Miuccia Prada and Baz Luhrmann have come across each other before when Prada created DiCaprio’s suit in Romeo + Juliet (1996). But these latest creations are something else.
Miuccia Prada, with costume designer Catherine Martin, has designed shining, magical costumes that speak of the excess of the Twenties, and Luhrmann’s cinematic vision. In a handful of sketches, Prada has shown the kind of vision she has developed in the simple turn of a dress. The costumes shown – in rich and decadent green, blue and gold hues and in luxe fabrics and furs – have been created for Carey Mulligan, who plays Daisy Buchanan. (The male stars have been dressed in Brooks Brothers.) She has designed over 40 looks for the film, inspired by the styles seen from the Prada and Miu Miu archive.
Martin, talking about the designs, tells how they were developed with the style of the times in mind; “Our collaboration with Prada recalls the European flair that was emerging amongst the aristocratic East Coast crowds in the Twenties,” she explained to Vogue.
Luhrmann’s films are famously extravagant, and Prada’s designs are astoundingly luxe, so The Great Gatsby is perfectly suited for such beauty. You can see the trailer here. I can’t wait to see it!
“Baz and Miuccia have always connected on their shared fascination with finding modern ways of releasing classic and historical references from the shackles of the past… This connection is central to our relationship with Miuccia Prada on The Great Gatsby, and has connected our vision with hers. In the same way Nick Carraway reflects on a world that he is within and without, we have tried to create an environment that the audience will be subconsciously familiar with, yet separated from.” — Catherine Martin, costume designer
What do you think of the designs?