Thursday, May 9, 2013

Costuming Gatsby

Costuming The Great Gatsby was no easy feat. Academy Award winning costume designer Catherine Martin created 1700 daytime and evening costumes (that computes to 500 a day) for the cast that ranged from spectator shoes and Princeton style straw hats to tuxedos and flapper frocks. Martin collaborated with designer Miuccia Prada who reinterpreted forty classics. while the venerable menswear institution Brooks Brothers (around in writer F. Scott Fitzgerald's day) were a natural to work with CM on more than 500 men's Ivy League ensembles. Tiffany and Co. also got in on the act, designing a Jazz Age Glamour collection complete with a 200,000 Savoy diamond headpiece to a 50,000 Daisy white diamond brooch.

If you haven't overdosed on Gatsby-mania just yet, be sure to see the film when it opens this Friday, May 10th. And if you live in Los Angeles, check out Martin's costume exhibit at the Century Guild. And also check out my piece on the costumes in The Hollywood Reporter here.

Leo DiCaprio as the mysterious Jay Gatsby

DiCaprio with Carey Mulligan as Daisy and Joel Edgerton as husband Tom Buchanan

Catherine Martin at Gatsby exhibit

Daisy's wedding gown
A Miu Miu flapper dress from designer Miuccia Prada

One of Prada's 40 sketches for the film. Shown above is sketch of flapper dress for Daisy

Alpine sweater from Brooks Brothers worn by Tobey Maguire and available for $148

Boater from Brooks Brothers
Ring of Pave diamonds and center diamond of 5.25 carats
 from Tiffany & Co.'s Great Gatsby Collection
Tiffany bangle with fan motif. 

Photo Credits: Warner Brothers, Brooks Brothers, Fashionista, Tiffany and Co., Hollywood Reporter