Standing Ovation - The great Gatsby
By Jeffrey Jessman
For all you Gatsby fans and fashion lovers worldwide, Miuccia Prada has teamed up with well– known costume designer Catherine Martin to design forty one-of a-kind-pieces for Baz Luhrmann's film of The Great Gatsby. When F. Scott Fitzgerald set out to create what turned out to be his breakthrough novel, he wanted to construct a narrative that seemed simple on the surface but was intricate underneath. That was 1922, and when 1925 rolled around, The Great Gatsby was born! The story allowed readers to envision the luxury behind each character’s life by describing the lavishness of the1920s. The story is told through the eyes of Nick Carraway, a Yale graduate and World War I veteran, who is swept up into the lush lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Fitzgerald's story was brought to life in 1974 by director Jack Clayton with a script by Francis Ford Coppola, and the film featured top-tier actors of the time such as Sam Waterston as Nick Carraway, Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan, and Robert Redford as Gatsby.
When Baz Luhrmann announced his adaptation of the Fitzgerald classic, there was absolutely no doubt about choosing Miuccia Prada and Catherine Martin to recreate the timeless look of the period’s clothes for the film. Each outfit was inspired not only by looking back at the 1920's but at previous styles from Prada and Miu Miu as well. Fitzgerald's darkly enchanting story inspired Miuccia and Catherine to create these new pieces in a contemporary mood while still keeping them true to their Roaring Twenties roots.
With the recent release of four costume sketches designed for Luhrmann's “Gatsby”, eagerly waiting fans were allowed to get a feel for the costumes and to visualize what life was like in the Jazz Age. Each piece transports you back in time with shimmering sequins, flapper-inspired dresses, sumptuous gowns, and knee-length cocktail frocks. These handcrafted pieces were designed with sparkling crystals, tasteful animal pelts, and intricate embroidery. Looking back at Miuccia's past collections, it's easy to see where the inspiration came from. Prada’s Fall/Winter 2011 collection has a dress adorned in scale-like sequins with a fur neckline. Miuccia has previously worked with both Luhrmann and Martin, creating Leonardo DiCaprio's suit in the 1996 film Romeo + Juliet, so it's no shock that she was asked to design the pieces for the new film. Miuccia is a visionary, and seeing these revisited Prada pieces come to life has built up genuine excitement among her eager fans. There’s no doubt that these outfits will very nearly steal the show! The Great Gatsby is set for its major screen debut on May 10, 2013.