From Milan's Fall Runway to Gatsby's Arm - Prada Filters Archive Through Luhrmann's Vision

From Milan’s Fall Runway to Gatsby’s Arm – Prada Filters Archive Through Luhrmann’s Vision

Baz and Miuccia have always connected on their shared fascination with finding modern ways of releasing classic and historical references from the shackles of the past – Catherine Martin,

A Prada Fall 11/12 cocktail dress chosen by Catherine Martin for adaptation.

A Prada Fall 11/12 cocktail dress chosen by Catherine Martin for adaptation.

‘The Great Gatsby’ costume designer, Catherine Martin, spoke of her collaboration with Miuccia Prada in creating forty nifty looks for Daisy Buchanan and the gals for the movie adaptation, set to hit screens in May 2013. The Italian designer, whose Prada and Miu Miu shows set the tone in fashion season-on-season, joined great purveyors of American high-society chic, Brooks Brothers and Tiffany & Co. in creating looks for the much-hyped film.

Prada was deemed to be a perfect fit, given her previous work with Baz Luhrmann on ‘Romeo + Juliet’ and her abundant passion for fur and sequins. How could this period-and-modern juxtaposer not enlist Miuccia’s effortless jolt of ‘retrocentricity’. 

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 – Miuccia Prada,

Earlier this year, Miuccia released a number of sketches which offer an insight into how she and Martin managed to side-step modern cliches of Roaring Twenties fashion by distilling her iconic Prada and Miu Miu archives through Luhrmann’s vision of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s crystal-cut Long Island society.

Set your jaw to ‘drop’ at the junction where costume meets fashion.

Read Colour and Scent as Character Development for an insight into Fitzgerald’s use of fashion in crafting his leading ladies.

 Quotes and images credits:, Miuccia Prada &