Monday Muse: Prada Pulls from the Archives for The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Do we really need to remind you, our lovely fans of film, fashion and flappers, to mark your calendars for May 10? We know that you are already waiting with perfectly coiffed fingerwaves for the premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Like all of Luhrmann’s works, the previews are fraught with luxe, decadent sets, unexpected music (Beyoncé! Lana del Ray! Jay-z!) and intricate, fantastic costuming. Leave it to Mrs. Miuccia Prada — who has collaborated with Luhrmann before — to outfit the film’s actresses in pieces that are at once completely modern and perfectly styled to match the period of the film.

Prada sketches for The Great Gatsby

Prada sketches for The Great Gatsby

When she was approached by Luhrmann to dress the stars of the film, Prada didn’t see the connection (she’s known for pushing the envelop forward in the fashion world, not looking back, after all), but all Luhrmann had to do was send Miuccia a few photos of her own work that just happened to look as if they’d come straight out of Fitzgerald’s novel. They’d worked together before, with Prada outfitting Leonardo DiCaprio in Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet as well as a special video installation for last year’s Met Museum exhibit celebrating Prada and fellow designer Schiaparelli, but this would be their biggest project together to date. For the film, Prada revisited her work both for the Prada label and her Miu Miu line and saw that many pieces would look like period costume if they were altered just a bit. A fur stole here, a drop waist there and her pieces went from modern marvels to Jazz Age staples.

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

 

 

 

 

 

Fans of Prada will recognize a few of her iconic dresses from Spring 2011, Fall 2009 and more — just look past the added fringe, bugle beads and over-the-top accessories. And who better to provide those accessories than American jewelers Tiffany and Co.? Nobody, that’s why Luhrmann teamed with the brand (with a little help from his wife and the film’s production designer Catherine Martin) to bring back looks from the company’s archives. Collectors are already salivating over the brand’s re-released earrings, necklaces and the diamond-and-platinum headpiece that Mulligan wears in the film’s iconic party scene.

For the guys, each and every actor and extra was outfitted by Brooks Brothers, which boasts that they actually dressed F. Scott Fitzgerald himself in suits, ties and the label’s perennial best-seller, the straw boater. The shirts that Gatsby himself flings from his closet are all Brooks Brothers, too, but everything is perfectly modern — the actors are wearing slimmer cuts, updated colors and they’re all styled just a bit closer to outrageous than period-appropriate. This is the big screen, so we’ll let Luhrmann slide as we soak it all up.

Images courtesy Warner Bros. and Prada

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.