22 August 2012 by

The Great Gatsby Update: Miuccia Prada Designed Carey Mulligan's Evening Dresses In The Film

Warning: this news isn't going to make you feel any better about The Great Gatsby's delayed release. It's been confirmed, as we suspected that Miuccia Prada had quite a large hand in creating the costumes for the Baz Luhrmann's latest visual cinematic feast. The designer revealed in the September issue of US Vogue that the decadent '20s evening dresses worn by Carey Mulligan and fellow female partygoers at Gatsby's mansion in the film were inspired by pieces from the Prada archive.

Prada's Creative Director has a long-standing relationship with Luhrmann having worked with the director in the past on Romeo & Juliet, also starring Leonardo DiCaprio as well as a series of short films that were featured in the Met’s 'Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations' exhibit. The designer worked with Luhrmann's wife, costume designer Catherine Martin on the film to hand pick a selection of 40 items from the Prada and Miu Miu archive which were adapted for the film - so have your keen catwalk eyes at the ready.

Miuccia told Vogue: 'I usually try not to literally reference periods in my work, because that’s not the way I think. But when I worked on the costumes, I realized how many pieces could become very 1920s with a little intervention and another point of view.' Certainly Prada's Autumn/ Winter 2011 RTW collection featured an array of '20s pieces including dyed fur collars and stoles.

As previously reported Martin has collaborated with Tiffany & Co on the film's jewellery and Brooks Brothers on the men’s costumes - just another year to go till we see the finished products then, eh!


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