Although The Great Gatsby isn't due to hit theaters until this summer, Miuccia Prada has given us a glimpse at her costume design sketches for Baz Luhrmann's upcoming adaptation. Although only four drawings are available to the public eye, there are over 40 looks for the film and, judging from these designs, there's all of the glitzy glam that fabulous '20s socialites could want.
Prada worked with costume designer Catherine Martin to create the pieces, who said that, "Baz and Miuccia have always connected on their shared fascination with finding modern ways of releasing classic and historical references from the shackles of the past." While a refreshing take on vintage style sounds exciting, I hope they don't go so over-the-top that it takes away from the heart of the story.
Back in high school, I was assigned to read classic novels for one of my English classes. To the dismay of the my teacher who wanted us to be diverse in our selections, I stuck mainly to 20th century literature, devouring Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby." I think there's always that one book that makes the reader go, "Oh, so is this what a terrific book is." And then they fall in love with it. "Gatsby" was that literary lightbulb for me that made me want to read and read and read. I care about this remake and want it to do the novel justice.
So clearly, such a beautifully written novel should have the looks to match it. The costumes are emerald and topaz, covered in sequins, fringe and Swarovski crystals. It's pretty lavish, but I wouldn't expect anything less from Luhrmann (whom I'll forever associate with Moulin Rouge). I can really picture Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan in these dresses.
Although Ralph Lauren designed the costumes for the 1974 adaptation with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, Luhrmann chose Prada--a designer he's worked with before on Romeo + Juliet.
But it looks like Lauren returned to his Gatsby-era designs anyway with his Spring 2013 collection.... [via Wax Wane]
While I wasn't sure about the casting decisions of the film (Leo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire) and wasn't blown away by the overwhelming movie trailer, I think Prada's designs are gorgeous and reminiscent of the era and the characters. And with both Prada and Lauren drawing inspiration from Gatsby, I'm sure more Gastby-inspired fashion is soon to come (especially once the movie is released).
Fingers crossed that 2013's style with have more sequins, fringe, fur and feathers--just how Daisy, Gatsby and company would want it.
What do you think of Prada's designs for the cast of The Great Gatsby? Are you looking forward to or dreading Luhrmann's adaption?
[via Vogue UK]