Behind the Scenes: Prada's Roaring '20s Costume Sketches for 'The Great Gatsby'

Take a peek at sketches of four costumes Miuccia Prada designed for 'The Great Gatsby!'
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Behind the Scenes: Prada’s Roaring ‘20s Costume Sketches for ‘The Great Gatsby’

Take a peek at sketches of four costumes Miuccia Prada designed for ‘The Great Gatsby!’

-Lucia Peters

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Were you aware that many of the fabulous costumes in the upcoming Baz Luhrmann adaptation of The Great Gatsby were designed by none other than Miuccia Prada? Neither were we—until now! Miuccia has unveiled a series of sketches depicting four of the gorgeous dresses that will be seen in the film. Check them out here!

Drawing their inspiration from the Prada and Miu Miu archives, Miuccia and costume designer Catherine Martin worked together to create over 40 looks for the movie. Said Catherine to Vogue UK , “Baz and Miuccia have always connected on their shared fascination with finding modern ways of releasing classic and historical references from the shackles of the past. This connection is central to our relationship with Miuccia Prada on The Great Gatsby, and has connected our vision with hers. In the same way [narrator] Nick Carraway reflects on a world that he is within and without, we have tried to create an environment that the audience will be subconsciously familiar with, yet separated from.”

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In grand ‘20s fashion, crystals, fringe, and sequins take the stage on dresses of rich emerald, jade, topaz, and gold-colored fabrics—and as anyone who has read The Great Gatsby can attest to the importance of the color choices. They’ll be seen on Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan; the men, on the other hand (including Tobey Maguire as Nick, Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan, and Leonardo DiCaprio as the titular Jay Gatsby, will be clad in Brooks Brothers suits.

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Up top, an orange organza dress covered with scale-like sequin embroidery inspired by Prada’s autumn/winter 2011-2012 show; above, a green bustier dress embroidered with pearls, stones, and sequined fringing inspired by a modern take on the Twenties silhouette.

More sketches, including stripes and Swarovski crystals, up next!

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