Prada releases sketches of costumes for The Great Gatsby

Posted by: on Jan 22, 2013 | No Comments

Miuccia Prada sparked a fashion and media frenzy when she announced that Prada would be designing costumes for Baz Luhrmann’s highly anticipated adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Although the film isn’t set to be released until the summer, Prada has released four out of the forty costume sketches she has designed in collaboration with professional costume designer Catherine Martin.

Martin notes that inspiration for the outfits was taken from “the European flair that was emerging amongst the aristocratic East Coast crowds in the Twenties.” Glittering sequins, elegant embellishment and a whole host of vibrant colours feature in the collection, characterising the Roaring Twenties with a modern twist. Expect to see the traditional flapper dress recreated with Prada’s own signature style, along with a myriad of costumes in decadent velvets and luxurious faux furs.

Playing with tradition has been a large part of the design process, as Martin suggests: “in the same way Nick Carraway reflects on a world that he is within and without, we have tried to create an environment that the audience will be subconsciously familiar with, yet separated from.” The costumes will be worn by an all-star cast featuring Carey Mulligan as the ditsy Daisy Buchanan, Leonardo DiCaprio as the mysterious Jay Gatsby and Tobey Maguire as the heart-warming Nick Carraway.


A stunning embellished jade dress featuring a dipped hemline


A vibrant orange dress complete with classic disc shaped sequins and a faux fur collar

Ocean blue sequins are arranged in horizontal stripes, while the bottom is edged with deep blue plastic beads

Crafted out of octane-coloured tulle, this knee length dress is bathed in Swarovski crystals