A Classic American Story Gets a Touch of Italian Fashion

With a tragic love story, the high style of the jazz age, and the kind of explosive visuals that director Baz Luhrmann is known for, the movie adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is one of this year’s most highly anticipated entertainment events. Just as it seemed that the frenzy couldn’t sustain itself any longer, Miuccia Prada has released a four-image preview of the her costume designs for the film to British Vogue and built up our eagerness once again.




One of Miuccia Prada’s dress designs for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby



Rich gold and blue tones, touches of sparkle and lavish details seem to be the hallmarks of the 40 dresses and gowns designed by Prada for the film.   The look and vintage feel of each piece is said to be inspired by the collections of the Prada and Miu Miu archives.



A sequined gold gown designed by Prada for the movie



While The Great Gatsby is an iconic American novel, Miuccia Prada is a quintessentially Italian fashion designer so it will be interesting to see how she envisions flapper style.  According to Catherine Martin, the principal costume designer for the film, the collaboration with Prada “recalls the European flair that was emerging among the aristocratic East Coast crowds in the Twenties.”



A scene from Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby to be released this summer



In the end it’s not surprising that Prada is bringing her talents to this film, for she has worked with both Luhrmann and Martin in the past. The Italian designer was responsible for creating one of Leonardo Di Caprio’s suits in Luhrmann’s earlier film Romeo + Juliet, while the Australian director was responsible for short films related to the recent Prada and Schiaparelli exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.




A Prada design featuring flapper-inspired beaded fringe



Given how glamorously dressed all the female characters are, looking as though they’re ready to kick up the beaded fringe on their dresses and start dancing the Charleston, we can’t wait to see touches of Prada style play out in the movie when it is released this summer.