Carey Mulligan wearing Prada as Daisy Buchanan in ’The Great Gatsby’.
Photo: Warner Bros.
You may have to wait another 11 days until The Great Gatsby is released, but if you’re in New York City tonight and you want to get an up close and personal preview of some of the sartorial aspects of the film, you’re in luck. Prada will be showcasing a collection of the dresses from the film at the SoHo flagship store, beginning this evening and running through May 12th, at which point it will migrate across the Pacific to Tokyo. Miuccia Prada worked closely with costume director Catherine Martin to choose 40 looks for the film, all showcased in the two major party scenes. The designer spoke with Women’s Wear Daily about the collaboration, highlighting the way that her designs took on new meaning within the context of the film. In one of the film’s pivotal scenes, and no spoilers because all this is in the trailer, Carey Mulligan wears Prada’s spring 2010 “chandelier dress,” a gown that is all beading and movement, and, Prada says, “[the dress] was meant to be about light,” speaking of her original concept, but going on to say that for the film “it became about money, because [Luhrmann] wanted to show her as the most beautiful and rich woman on earth.”
In another interview, this time with Fashionista, Martin says that she thought that Prada’s dresses would lend the film “modernity and extraordinariness and visceral excitement,” all things that were essential to director Baz Luhrman. In fact, Luhrman had used Prada’s designs in his films before Gatsby. Remember Leonardo DiCaprio’s wedding suit from Romeo + Juliet? Yep, Prada. So get yourself down to the Prada store stat, and get into the roaring ’20s spirit.