It’s safe to say that every facet of the fashion world has become entirely engrossed with The Great Gatsby, in advance of this summer’s release of the Baz Luhrmann film adaptation. Keeping the excitement alive, Miuccia Prada has unveiled sketches of four of the 40 featured dresses, all of which are adapted from the Prada and Miu Miu archive, while keeping the iconic story’s Jazz Age setting at the heart of each design.
Prada worked her magic with costume designer Catherine Martin, who together created glimmering frocks in rich shades of emerald, jade, topaz and gold, adorned with crystals, fringing and sequins, and featuring fabrics of soft velvets and furs. The opulent bespoke fashions are shining beacons of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s flapper girl hallmarks, and will be seen on Carey Mulligan, as Daisy Buchanan, who will star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby.
It’s not the first time DiCaprio has had costumes designed by Prada on big screen Luhrmann films. The 38-year-old actor, who revealed that he plans to take a “long, long break” from acting after filming three leading roles back-to-back, wore a suit created by the Italian designer in the director’s 1996 Shakespeare adaptation of Romeo + Juliet.
More recently, Prada and Luhrmann partnered up to produce a series of short films featured in the Met’s Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibit, exploring arresting affinities shared by the late Elsa Schiaparelli and Luhrmann’s Milan muse.
“Baz and Miuccia have always connected on their shared fascination of finding modern ways of releasing classic and historical references from the shackles of the past,” said Martin, who is also Luhrmann’s wife. “This connection is central to our relationship with Miuccia Prada on The Great Gatsby, and has connected our vision with hers.”