Daisy Goes Designer

  • 7th April 2013

Even the extras in Baz Luhrmann’s hotly anticipated The Great Gatsby, set to release May 10, will be clad in perfectly tailored Brooks Brothers, while Carey Mulligan and the cast of ladies will be outfitted in Prada and Miuccia-inspired glittery, feathery, sumptuous frocks.


Great Gatsby Prada and Brooks Brothers

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Miuccia Prada helped Lhurmann’s wife, costume designer Catherine Martin to create many of the outfits and of the 40 sketches she produced for the film, the 4 above were shared as an “amuse bouche” of sorts.

The orange organza dress comes adorned with plastic fish scale paillettes. It is inspired by the Prada Fall/Winter 2011 collection.  According to the, the Radzmire dress (celadon) is elegantly employed with bustier embroidered with pearls, stones and sequin fringes. Inspired by a revisited silhouette of the 1920s, it is made contemporary by the use of modern fabrics and embroideries of the 1950s. 

Carey as Daisy, wears just one dress from Prada.



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According to an interview with EW, “[Carey Mulligan’s] Daisy costumes were made in-house in Australia and designed by me,” Martin told EW. ”I had a workshop of about 90 people… I designed and had made all of the principal women’s costumes within that workshop, and a lot of the incidental male costumes.”


Daisy’s one designer moment comes by way of one of the film’s party scenes, where she dons this Prada gown.


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“[Daisy’s] party dress, when she goes to Gatsby’s party, was a redux of a Prada dress, a crystal dress, that she had done previously,” Martin said of the chandelier frock — made of crystal drops connected by a net of small metal rings — which was inspired by look 33 from Prada’s Spring/Summer 2010 runway collection.


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In the 1974 Gatsby film version, a handsome Redford was clad in Ralph Lauren, this year DiCaprio and and Tobey Maguire wear Brooks Brothers.  In fact, Brooks Brothers created a stunning 500 day and evening ensembles adding up to about 1,700 pieces including neckwear, shoes and accessories for cast and extras.  Martin has repeatedly pointed out that Fitzgerald in fact was a Brooks Brothers customer, so the association was a natural one.


The Great Gatsby

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“It was this most basic and fundamental connection that has made our collaboration so authentic,” Martin said. “Brooks Brothers is mentioned several times in Fitzgerald’s writings as a representation of the ultimate gentleman’s purveyor of fine clothing to the American man of distinction.”

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Martin worked meticulously researching hundreds of photos, advertisements and catalogues from that time.  She needed to properly assess weights, textures and colors of fabrics that would perfectly be conveyed on screen and lend description to the era.

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Miuccia and Martin worked together to create costumes with “the European flair that was emerging amongst the aristocratic East Coast crowds in the 1920s” and hope the pieces illustrate the “dichotomy between those who aspired to the privileged, Ivy League look of wealthy Long Island and those who were aspiring to European glamour, sophistication and decadence.”




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“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,” explains Martin. “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.”

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Jazz Age Jewelry Strikes a High Note

  • 20th February 2013
Carey Mulligan as Daisy

Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia


As the release date for Baz Luhrmann’s the Great Gatsby creeps ever nearer, May 10, so to does the hotly anticipated Tiffany & Co., Gatsby-esque collection, Ziegfeld.  The line, for which only a few pieces and images have been released debuts in April in store and online.  The Art Deco jewels worn by Carey Mulligan who portrays the sumptuous Daisy Buchanan were meticulously researched and conceived by costume designer Catherine Martin and the Tiffany & Co. team.

Extensive Tiffany & Co. archival photos were poured over to create the exquisite jewels worn by Mulligan and Debicki, the flatware and home décor used in the film as well as the cuff links and hip flask for Jay Gatsby.  Cultured pearls, diamonds, onyx and platinum reign in the Tiffany & Co. collection, which will take even us regular folks back to the roaring 20’s.




Cultured Pearl and Silver Sautoir from the Tiffany Ziegfeld Collection

Cultured Pearl and Silver Sautoir from the Tiffany Ziegfeld Collection: Photo Courtesy of Vogue Paris

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Savoy Diamond and Cultured Pearls Headpiece

Savoy Diamond and Cultured Pearls Headpiece. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Paris







“Tiffany & Co seemed the perfect fit for the jewelry of The Great Gatsby not only because F. Scott Fitzgerald himself was a customer but also because Louis Comfort Tiffany, the brand’s first Design Director, mixed in the actual Long Island circles described in the novel,” said costume and production designer Catherine Martin. “The Tiffany & Co Archives have proven to be an invaluable resource in looking back at this Golden Era of affluence and fine jewelry and the continuing tradition of excellence and exquisite craftsmanship has allowed us to both create and recreate pieces that we hope will do justice to this extraordinary novel.”


Onyx Silver Cufflinks for the Tiffany & Co. Ziegfeld Collection

Onyx Silver Cufflinks for the Tiffany & Co. Ziegfeld Collection. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Paris

Card Case Great Gatsby

Card Case: Photo Courtesy of Vogue Australia

Cultured Pearl and Silver Earrings

Cultured Pearl and Silver Earrings. Photo Courtesy of Vogue Paris




The Great Gatsby Movie Still

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Gatsby Movie Still

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The Ziegfeld Collection debuts in April, for more information visit:

Tiffany and Company Ziegfeld Collection as reported by Vogue Paris



Cultured Pearl, Onyx and Silver Ring, Ziegfeld Collection

Cultured Pearl, Onyx and Silver Ring. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Paris

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