A photo from Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” movie.
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We still have a ways to go (over three months!) until Baz Luhrmann’s epic film rendition of The Great Gatsby hits theaters on May 10, but thanks to Miuccia Prada, legendary design mind behind Prada and Miu Miu, we have four new sketches of the movie’s wardrobe. According to Vogue, Miuccia drew inspiration from archival Prada and Miu Miu styles for the 40+ looks she collaborated on with Gatsby costume designer Catherine Martin, and this idea of making new what is old (or rather, classic and deeply historical) is central to Luhrmann’s work with this modernized telling of Gatsby (and Romeo + Juliet, too!).
Past designs from Prada and Miu Miu.
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The four designs Prada has revealed show a beautiful range of color play and silhouettes for the Jazz Age. Not everything is so straight-down and boy shaped in Miuccia’s ’20s — she draws up a billowing skirt, maybe even two! The more you look at the sketches knowing they were inspired by past designs from the Prada fashion house, the easier it becomes to spot some of the garments’ giveaways. There’s a knee-length shift dress covered in orange scales that smacks of Prada’s FW 2011 collection. Another cocktail frock painted in bold, blue, horizontal stripes like so many of the Prada SS 2011 looks. And of course, Miu Miu’s FW 2011 runway was full of Roaring Twenties-ready togs. We wonder, since Luhrmann began workshopping Gatsby in 3-D as early as January 2011, whether these collections were in turn inspiring Prada and Miu Miu collections!