Carey Mulligan Stays In Character On 'Gatsby'-Inspired 'Vogue' Cover

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Carey Mulligan is Vogue's May cover star.
Photo: Courtesy of Vogue

Heaven is a chartreuse velvet gown. On the May cover of Vogue magazine, The Great Gatsby star Carey Mulligan gazes into the camera, her shoulders thrust forward and hand draped over her knee as if she's just asked you a question that she already knows the answer to. She's quite literally dripping in jewelry, but the real star of this cover snap is THAT DRESS. Thick, iridescent yellow-green velvet, draped at the neckline and fitted through the skirt, hugs Carey's body like it was sewn onto her. It's impossible, between the dress and her very jazz-age metallic cloche, not to immediately think of Daisy Buchanan in Gatsby, the lovestruck character Mulligan plays in her upcoming film. Her beauty look, however, is pointedly modern, with a matte, true red lip and a light dusting of blue-green across her eyelids.

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Carey Mulligan in Vogue.
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While there's something almost sad about the cover image, the interior spread certainly captures the opulence and sometimes-joy depicted in the famous story (and clearly represented in the film, if the trailer is any indication). Carey is again seated, but this time she's laughing, wearing a loose-fitting, blue column gown embellished with a burst of diamonds crawling like sparkling vines along the entire front of the dress.

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Carey Mulligan in Vogue.
Photo: Courtesy of Vogue

Finally, in a more costumey ode to Gatsby, Mulligan stands alone at the bottom of a sweeping staircase in a short-sleeved column gown—which, if we look closely, appears to be COVERED in sequins—and opera length gloves in the same vivid, true red as her lipstick in the cover image. This shot is filled with the cover's same melancholy and introspection, as Mulligan appears solemn despite wearing an outfit best-suited for the kind of epic revelry we saw in the Gatsby trailer. Get the issue on newsstands on April 23rd, and until then, watch behind the scenes footage from the shoot below.

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