Contemporary Styling Inspired by the Great Gatsby

Critics and moviegoers may have a multitude of opinions about the film’s soundtrack and acting, but what’s indisputable is the fantastic 1920s-era styling of this spring’s much anticipated film, The Great Gatsby. 

Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and more.

Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and more.
Image: Warner Bros

The film’s garments make bold statements with their vibrant and rich textures and shapes, creating unexpected layers of dimension in every scene. Costume and Production Designer Catherine Martin’s selection of glamorous eveningwear and subtle, thoughtful accents contrasted with the dazzling set make every scene come to life. The Great Gatsby is visually stunning, which can be attributed to Martin’s expertise and brilliant styling.

Carey Mulligan stars as Daisy Buchanan.

Carey Mulligan stars as Daisy Buchanan.
Image: Mario Testino / Vogue

The film’s male characters, including protagonist Jay Gatsby, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, are draped in layers of beautiful textiles, each look accented with shining pocket watches or collar pins. Their female counterparts, such as the enchanting Daisy Buchanan, played by Carey Mulligan, are dressed in sparkling vintage gowns and styled with cropped hair, evocative of the “flapper” style of the Gatsby era.

All of the clothing captures the indulgence and flair of the 1920s fantastically; the costumes and styling awaken a truly iconic period for fashion in early 20th century America. The fashion seen in the film has become inspiration for many contemporary stylists and designers, who have married the glittering pieces of Gatsby with slightly edited designs in order to achieve vintage-inspired clothing for men and women.

Flapper-inspired clothing can now be part of your wardrobe this summer, with a nod to the film’s costumes available in stylish bowties, round-framed glasses, and beaded garments.

An Interview with Catherine Martin revealed director Baz Luhrmann’s vision for the film’s New York:

“I don’t want a nostalgic New York, I don’t want a sepia-toned New York, I want a New York that feels as vibrant and sexy and visceral and modern as it would have to Zelda and Fitzgerald, or any of the characters in the book.”

Mission accomplished, Mr. Luhrmann.

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