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.
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 fashion.telegraph.co.uk, 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.
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.
“[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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.”
“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.”