Miuccia Prada Unveils Great Gatsby Costumes

  • 21 JANUARY 2013
  • ELLA ALEXANDER

MIUCCIA PRADA has unveiled four sketches of her costumes for the highly-anticipated Baz Luhrmann film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, which is due to hit cinemas this summer. Prada worked with costume designer Catherine Martin to create over 40 looks for the movie, each inspired by styles from thePrada and Miu Miu archive.

“Baz and Miuccia have always connected on their shared fascination with finding modern ways of releasing classic and historical references from the shackles of the past,” said Martin.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.”

The designs take the form of shimmering dresses, covered with crystals, fringing and sequins, in shades of emerald, jade, topaz and gold. Fabrics come in luxurious velvets and furs, with the story’s Twenties setting at the heart of each style. The creations will be worn by the film’s star cast, which includesCarey Mulligan as the flighty Daisy Buchanan and Leonardo DiCaprio as the enigmatic Jay Gatsby.

“Our collaboration with Prada recalls the European flair that was emerging amongst the aristocratic East Coast crowds in the Twenties,” added Martin. “The fashions of the time saw the development of a 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. Our collaborations with Prada reflect the collision of these two aesthetics.”

Prada and Luhrmann have worked together before, creating Leonardo DiCaprio’s suit in the director’s 1996 film version of Romeo + Juliet.

Prada Great Gatsby Costumes Revealed – Baz Luhrmann Film (Vogue.com UK)

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is putting on a Spring exhibition featuring my three favourite innovators – film-maker Baz Luhrmann and legendary fashion designers Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada. The idea behind the exhibition is inspired: an imaginary dialogue across time between the two women that reveals new interpretations of their work. This play with anachronism is supported by a film of fictional conversations between them directed by Luhrmann, whose interest in fashion informs his own work and style. Hope this exhibition travels in the future!

Elsa Schiaparelli (left) and Miuccia Prada
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