Wowzers—we’ve just been glutting ourselves on The Great Gatsby lately, haven’t we? Between the Brooks Brothers menswear collection, Tiffany’s jewelry line, and learning how to recreate some of our favorite ‘20s-inspired beauty looks, we didn’t think there was much ground left to cover—until we heard about this fabulous exhibition!
From May 8 through June 1, costumes, sketches, jewelry, and props from the upcoming Baz Luhrmann big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel will be exhibited at the Century Guild Gallery in Culver City, CA. Designed by Catherine Martin, who has done the costumes for all of Luhrmann’s films (they’re married—surprise!), the costumes on display include such stunning ensembles as Daisy Buchanan’s (Carey Mulligan) wedding dress (seen above) and Tom Buchanan’s (Joel Edgerton) tux, all surrounded by Martin’s gorgeous sketches.
Interestingly, the costumes featured at the gallery don’t really scream “ROARING ‘20s! FLAPPERS! ROUGED KNEES AND ROLLED-DOWN STOCKINGS!” Why? Those influences don’t hit the film’s look until Gatsby comes back into Daisy’s life. Said Martin to the Hollywood Reporter, “Most of these costumes are from the earlier years when dresses were very long, flowing, silk and chiffon, ultra feminine.” Martin’s favorite piece is one she calls the “lavender dress,” which Daisy wears when she unexpectedly runs into Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) for the first time in many years. We can probably assume that the dress is the one seem here. Who else wants it in their wardrobe, stat?
We can also look forward to seeing props like this: The letter Gatsby wrote to Daisy when he heard that she was to marry Tom. Neat-o!
The Great Gatsby hits cinemas on May 10, and believe you me, we here at Betty HQ cannot WAIT. It also stars Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker, and Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson. Check out Century Guild Gallery’s Facebook page for updates about the exhibit; and in the meantime, here’s the most recent trailer—just in case you weren’t already pumped up enough about it:
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.