Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan
Costume Design: Catherine Martin
|Yes, the men's pants were way too tight, practically pegged.|
As Catherine says in an interview at the Stylelist, "One of the other rules Baz made at the very beginning of the project was that, because the book is set in the summer of '22, published in '25, and foreshadows the crash of '29, we were actually allowed to use the whole decade as a reference base. So that gave us a little bit more scope. But what you realize even by the early '20s, just about any silhouette–from a bias cut, to a strapless, to a robe de style, had all been invented."
So basically we were going to see more than the ubiquitous fringed shift dresses, ropes of pearls, and cigarette holders. The whole of the period, World War I to pre-Depression would show up on the two female lead characters, Daisy Buchanan and Jordan Baker.
That philosophy is represented on screen in the fact that Jordan's and Daisy's clothes sometimes looked at odds with one another. Catherine's clothing designs had thirties elements employed for Jordan along with the more fitted silhouettes of the early 1900s for Daisy. When she was asked to contribute some forty costumes to the film, designer Miuccia Prada was surprised. Prada herself admitted to WWD of her collections that 'almost none were meant to be the Twenties when I did them', but Luhrmann and Martin persuaded her that it didn't matter. Good on you, team Bazmark! The clothes are amazing and most people wouldn't notice a thing!
|The only Prada-designed outfit worn by Carey Mulligan.|
I love how Miuccia remade this crystal overdress with the addition of a satin ribbon closure and paired it with a champagne colored slip. The best part is that it was topped with a bi-color fur capelet edged with dangling crystal drops. In the film (not necessarily in the photo above) even though the lower section is white in some shots it took on a pale mint color while the face-framing top section looked lavender.
The delicate floating peach and cream lace dress was worn during a scene where it was revealed that Daisy was already aware of her husband's infidelity. She looked so fragile and small in this dress. Isn't the lace exquisite?