‘Gatsby’ fashions roar with the spirit of the 1920s

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By Elana Katz

Baz Lurhmann’s film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s timeless novel is fast, fresh and fun. With a unique soundtrack set to beautifully crafted and colorful scenes, The Great Gatsby is Lurhmann’s wildest ride thus far.

The same is true for the fashions in the film. With Lurhmann’s wife and Academy Award-winning costume and production designer Catherine Martin at the helm, the couple presents a contemporary audience with the glitz and glam of the 1920s.

“The book is set in 1922, it was published in 1925 and it foreshadows the Great Depression,” said Martin in an interview with the Oakland Press. “We felt we could use anything within the decade.”

Accordingly, the film showcases trends and styles from throughout the period, especially classic ‘20s trends like beads, feathers, fringe, tweed, pearls and diamonds.

The jewelry was designed specifically for the film by Tiffany & Co., which was unveiled at the Fifth Avenue flagship store in April. It includes pieces inspired by the excess of the period with a touch of Art Deco flair. This collection is by far one of the company’s greatest achievements.

“The jewelry symbolizes the story’s themes of wealth and privilege, and we approached its design with the utmost style and luxury in mind,” said Tiffany & Co. Executive Vice President Jon King to JCK Magazine.

Daisy Buchanan, played by Carey Mulligan, wears one of the most stunning pieces from the collection in the film: a headpiece called The Savoy, inspired by Native American design. It is comprised of diamonds and freshwater pearls in platinum with a detachable brooch, priced at $200,000. Along with the headpiece, Daisy wears a tasseled pearl necklace and earrings made of conch pearls and diamonds in platinum. These pieces radiate throughout the film and embody Luhrmann and Martin’s Jazz Age.

Additionally, Brooks Brothers released a limited-edition menswear line in April inspired by The Great Gatsby. Though not every ensemble is worn in the film, Brooks Brothers did manufacture about 500 outfits for it. The line was handcrafted by Martin, in keeping with her ultimate vision for the film. This line boasts Art Deco-inspired suits, ties and accessories. From tuxedos that could be worn to Gatsby’s lavish parties to Nick’s tweed work suits, the collection has it all. While it is modeled after suave 1920s styles, the pieces in the collection are highly versatile and appropriate for contemporary men.

Costume is of extreme importance for Luhrmann when crafting a world that will inspire audiences. His treatment of the “Roaring 20s” is fresh, and this, coupled with Martin’s fashions, is a match made in sartorial heaven.

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