Gatsby Style

Following on from my previous post on Penguin's new F.Scott Fitzgerald collection, I have to comment on the costumes used in the classic movie, The Great Gatsby, with Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby and Mia Farrow as the infamous Daisy. Whilst I admit to having found the movie a bit.. flat, because the story is set in the 20s, its a great chance to go to town with flapper dresses, sequins and headdresses! The costume designer, Theoni V. Aldredge received the Oscar and a British Academy Award for The Great Gatsby in 1974. Her designs for the film were adapted for a clothing line sold exclusively by Bloomingdale's in Manhattan. Interestingly enough, Ralph Lauren designed the mens' costumes in the movie. I felt that the clothes really encapsulated the personalities of each person and what they are feeling at the particular time in the story. For example, while Gatsby is still hoping to see and impress Daisy, he is always dressed up quite stuffily in very expensive suits and so on. Later he seems far more comfortable and this can be seen in his swimming "costume" and more relaxed choice of clothing. The same can be seen with Daisy at the party, where she is happy with Gatbsy, and finally feels loved and confident, which is clear in her flashy, sequin covered outfit and headdress.

Anywho, enough rambling. Here are a few pics from the movie:

And here is my little Gatsby inspired fashion/mood board:

Finally, Ralph Lauren's latest Spring collection was inspired by the upcoming remake, starring Leo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan in the main roles. Here are some of my favourite designs: