The Great Gatsby gets a new trailer

After many tweets and Facebook status’ about the brand new upcoming Great Gatsby trailer – today is the day, it’s here! The glitz and glamour of the ’20s radiates throughout the 2.44 minute clip, showing much more detail in the plot (although you must know the plot surely, book lovers?) and then there’s the soundtrack of course. There’s this guy named Jay-Z (you may have heard of him) who just so happens to be the executive producer and features the likes of Beyonce, The XX, Lana del Rey and Florence  + The Machine. This of course gives a complete contrast to the 1920s era, and could possibly worry hardcore fans of the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Although I am a fan of the book, I do think the soundtrack works well and will give the film a slight edge.

Seeing a further glimpse into the incredible costume design is a real pleasure and I’m sure is the last teaser before the film release this May – my review will be uploaded as soon as I’ve seen it!

Visually the film looks stunning – I particularly like Leonardo DiCaprio’s (who plays Jay Gatsby) colour palette – it’s so varied. The guy loves a good suit and the array of different colours is impressive – there’s monochrome, pastels and neutrals but I’m definitely a fan of the pastel pink number which is similar to one worn by Robert Redford in the 1974 adaptation. Also, isn’t Carey Mulligan the perfect Daisy? Her dresses make me envious. I’m sure costume designer Catherine Martin will be hugely praised on her designs once the film is released for all of us to see.

More to come on the costume designs after the UK release date on the 16th May.

Miuccia Prada and Catherine Martin costume design collaboration for The Great Gatsby

Calling all Gatsby fans!

Costume Designer Catherine Martin collaborated with Italian designer extraordinaire, Miuccia Prada best known of course for her label Prada and it’s secondary line Miu Miu (so much love for this brand – I will one day own those beautiful cat print shoes).

Miuccia has revealed sketches of some of the costumes from their collaboration which are all truly beautiful.

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This orange organza dress is covered with plastic, is scale-like with sequin embroidery and was inspired by Prada’s autumn/winter 2011-12 show. I can see this sketch coming to life with a cigarette holder in one hand and  red lipstick being applied with the other hand. I love the fur too, so very elegant.

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This bustier dress, embroidered with pearls, stones and sequinned fringing was inspired by a modern take on the Twenties silhouette. What a beauty. I’m so impressed by the sequinned fringing – it’s a complete switch between the classic 1920s look you expect to see with a slight modern edge.

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This is one sparkling number! A multi-striped sequinned dress embroidered with plastic and inspired by Prada’s spring/summer 2011 collection.

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The colour of this dress is so stunning. A knee-length dress in octane-coloured tulle, lined in matching silk cady and embellished with Swarovski crystals. The twenties headband is the perfect finishing touch.

Having worked together previously, director Baz Luhrmann and Miuccia have a special relationship and seem to share the same ideas. Costume Designer Catherine Martin told Vogue “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,” said Martin. “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 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.”

The way they want the costumes to be reflected to their audience has definitely worked for me – there’s an obvious contrast between a classical twenties costume with modern day ideas which have produced such fascinating and stunning designs that I’m sure all Great Gatsby fans and anybody remotely interested in fashion will appreciate.

The countdown to May continues …

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