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The Great Gatsby: Roaring Chic

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By: Ingrid Kwong Creating the costumes for a big screen adaptation of one of the most beloved novels must be a daunting task. However, director Baz Luhrmann knew right from the start that his wife Catherine Martin, would be the perfect woman to take on the role as costume designer, for the highly anticipated production The Great Gatsby. Martin is a three times Oscar winner for costume and set design, she is responsible for much of the fashion seen in Luhrmann’s best work, such as Moulin Rouge, and Strictly Ballroom. For The Great Gatsby, Martin served as producer, production designer, and costume designer. Reportedly, some of the film’s party scenes had 300 extras on set, which means each individual would be dressed in his or her own costumes. If you were wondering how many costumes are required, Brooks Brothers supplied 1,200 in total for the men. Prada supplied the women’s side with 40 different background dresses, as well as some costumes for the lead actress Daisy, who is played by Carey Mulligan. Speaking of Daisy, Martin got a vast majority of her wardrobe from a lace company called Solstice, who have been around since the late 19th Century working with big fashion houses such as Chanel and Alexander McQueen. Tiffany & Co was the jewelry provider for the production, offering pieces worth millions of dollars to be worn and displayed on-screen. The costume director’s decision to further team up with Miuccia Prada was pure genius. The collaboration between the two women truly enhanced the wardrobe for the gloriously rich and roaring 20’s production. It turns out, Luhrmann has been friends with Miuccia for nearly 20 years, ever since the production of Romeo + Juliet, where she made a wedding suit for Leonardo Dicaprio. Aside from the 40 background dresses, Miuccia also created Daisy’s chandelier dress and fur she can be seen wearing in the first scene stepping into one of Gatsby’s parties. Surprisingly enough, Miuccia never thought about the 20’s when designing for the collection. “That’s what’s interesting,” she said, “The point of view can transform things so much. Yes, probably a few [dresses] had that kind of edge, but almost none were meant to be from the Twenties when I did them. I was really fascinated by that.” From all the pictures of the garments we have seen so far at the SHE office, The Great Gatsby is definitely well worth the wait.   GATSBY

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