|Costumes for The Great Gatsby by Miuccia Prada. The center dress was worn by Carey Mulligan.|
From May 1-12 a treasure trove of costumes from The Great Gatsby were on display at the Prada store in Soho in Manhattan. These costumes were made by Prada in collaboration with Catherine Martin, the costume designer on the film. I could not get over how many there were, and how beautiful they are. With the exception of the dress Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan wears in the scene where she attends one of Gatsby’s parties, the rest were made for the extras!
|Hey Mom, this picture is for you!|
|Love the fur/feather/crystal capelet!|
It was sequins, rhinestones, paillettes, and bugle bead fringing as far as the eye could see and I was in heaven. I have had the sales staff and security guards at Prada tell me I can’t take pictures in the store so I was ready to hear “No” when I asked if I could take some at this exhibit, but that was not the case this time and I shot to my heart’s content. I’m sure the security guy thought I was a nutty nut because let me tell you I went through every tier of that display and took picture after picture. You know me, I never get tired of sequins!
Luckily it was a rainy weekday and I had the place to myself. Otherwise, the sales associate said, it was packed on the weekends.
This is so not what was being worn in the 1920s but who cares? This is Fitzgerald’s novel through the lense of Baz Luhrmann. His Oscar-winning costume designer wife Catherine, in combination with Miuccia Prada, made costumes dense with unexpected and glorious details so I can’t help being charmed by their creations.
|Gorgeous in green!|
|I spotted this orange paillette dress in the film. Did you?|
|This dress was one of my favorites.|
|I love the straps on the shoes!|
The exhibit will be shown in Shanghai next, followed by Tokyo. I’m sure it will be a big hit there as well.
If you saw The Great Gatsby, what did you think of it? I predict Oscars for Production Design, Costume Design, and Makeup and Hairstyling.