May 15, 2013

'The Great Gatsby's' Costume Designs

One of the many reasons I want to see Baz Luhrmann's film 'Great Gatsby' is the dress collection that will appear on the big screen. 
As soon as I heard that the gorgeous dresses in the style of the 20s who will be wearing Carey Mulligan will be designed by Miuccia Prada, I was more impatient than ever to see these dresses in movement.
Meanwhile, we sated our curiosity with pictures of the shootings and with the four sketches that Prada published of the costumes that the tragic Daisy Buchanan will wear.
Prada worked with costume designer (and  Luhrmann's wife) Catherine Martin to create 40 looks, inspired by dresses already appeared on Prada and Miu Miu catwalks.

According to Vogue Prada admits that what intrigued her the most when working on the project was the way in which many of her designs could be so easily translated into Twenties pieces - despite not necessarily being originally created with that era in mind. The dress worn by Mulligan as Buchanan in the big party scenes took its roots from Prada's spring/summer 2010 "chandelier dress".
"That's what interesting. The point of view can transform things so much," she toldWWD. "Yes, probably a few [dresses] had that kind of edge, but almost none were meant to be Twenties when I did them. I was really fascinated by that."

It is not the first time that Prada works with the director Baz Luhrmann. They have previously worked together to creat Leonardo DiCaprio's suit in the 1996 version of Romeo + Juliet.

Luhrmann says in an exclusive article on Stylist (you can find it here) : "Miuccia is a very old friend of mine, and she did the first suits for Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet. What we share with Miuccia is that she takes old classical things, that were once modern but are now seen as clichéd, turns them on their heads and reinvents them in a way that they’re refreshed and renewed."

Martin chose Tiffany & Co. to design the magnificent jewelry for the actors Carey Mulligan, Leonardo Di Caprio and Elizabeth Debicki and collaborated with the brand Brooks Brothers for the menswear costumes worn in the film. 
She was also in charge of creating other 1,700 beautiful vintage designs for the cast.

The 40 costumes designed for the film, showcased in an exhibition celebrating the costume collaboration between Prada and Catherine Martin. (More for the exhibition here)

Is it just me who believe that we are going to see more roaring 20s-style clothes on the catwalks?

Catherine Martin for the collaboration with Miuccia Prada  

Sources : Vogue

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