Those eagerly awaiting Baz Luhrman’s take on The Great Gatsby have been taunted with trailer snippets and stills, research notes, rescheduled release dates, extended trailers with a new soundtrack…and, in the latest instalment, a series of costume sketches from Miuccia Prada. Prada has collaborated with the films costume designer Catherine Martin on over 40 looks for the film, and each one takes inspiration from the Prada and Miu Miu archives.
Luhrman’s and Prada’s creative partnership can be traced back to Romeo + Juliet, when the designer created Leonardo DiCaprio’s suit. For Gatsby, the look is less laid back L.A., more flapper sophisticate, referencing and rethinking the hedonistic Jazz age. Under her own label, Prada excels at remixing and repackaging cultural and aesthetic references, making the unexpected cool and covetable. Her sketches suggest that she’s borrowed from shapes, silhouettes from the era, updating them with bright furs, colour pops and shimmering sequins and embellishments – bold, electric, fun, and totally in keeping with the spirit of the decade.
Speaking to vogue.co.uk, Catherine Martin commented that “In the same way 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.”
Prada Spring/Summer 2011
Prada Autumn/Winter 2011-12 – all images from Vogue