ARTICLE CHRISTOPHER BARNARD
It’s curious to think it took an Italian and two Australians to reimagine the glittering and glamorous fashion of that haute American tale The Great Gatsby. But Miuccia Prada, Baz Luhrmann, and costume designer Catherine Martin have done just that in this month’s highly anticipated release, with a 40-piece bespoke collection of cocktail and evening dresses based on designs by Ms. Prada from the Miu Miu and Prada archives of the last 20 years. The sparkling sequins and twirling fringe of the looks underscore the carefree decadence of that beautiful but damned moment in time. Luhrmann and Prada are no strangers to each other’s work, having first collaborated on Leonardo DiCaprio’s suit for his 1996 film Romeo + Juliet. More recently Luhrmann served as creative consultant for Prada’s “Impossible Conversations” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There is a sense that this film—and with it the fashion, all shimmer and light—will define the mood for the warmer season to come, perhaps ushering in a new, more elevated take on summer party dressing. As Fitzgerald’s Nick Carraway, puts it, “Just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
The Great Gatsby is in theaters May 10
images Courtesy Prada and Warner Bros.