Baz and the Book: Daisy Buchanan’s Lavender, Lace and Pearls
Fitzgerald’s Daisy Buchanan lacks dimension, is too “victim-y” and ultimately, unromantic. She never steps out of her cultural comfort zone. In an era of profound change, she hides behind a dying social hierarchy—one that taught her “the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”
Baz Lurhmann will not allow Fitzgerald’s dead weight Daisy to mar the romance-factor of his film. Our collective conscience has cast Jay and Daisy as misdirected soul mates; we’ve done the same for Scott and Zelda. Neither couple lived up to the image. Ultimately, The Great Gatsby is not a romance.
But it should be for Baz Lurhmann, because he does them so well. The spring in Pittsburgh, when I fell in love with my husband, I watched Moulin Rouge twice a week for two months. Genius. I trust him with Gatsby.
Baz’s Daisy won’t be boring. True to the text, she wears lavender and lace. A well-struck partnership with Tiffany provided historically accurate jewelry to be worn on Daisy’s hands and head. In women’s costumes, beads abound—dresses, jewelry, accessories. “Pearls” (the kind you buy when you are a flapper for Halloween) will likely be worn by too many women.
I do hope that Daisy’s pearls are real. They certainly would have been.