The epicly gigantic September Vogue is officially on newsstands. Perusing its 916 pages the other day, we stumbled upon a bit of news–that those decadent ’20s evening dresses Carey Mulligan and fellow female revelers will wear in Baz Luhrmann’s forthcoming Great Gatsby adaptation were designed by none other than Miuccia Prada.
We suspected Prada might have something to do with the film’s costumes. She’s worked with Luhrmann in the past on Romeo & Juliet and Luhrmann directed her and Judy Davis in the short films interspersed throughout the Met’s “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” exhibit.
Some of the evening dresses in the film might even look familiar–Luhrmann’s wife and costume designer Catherine Martin, with whom Prada collaborated, chose 40 dresses from the Prada and Miu Miu archives to be adapted for the film. Prada told Vogue,
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.
And a little weight. Carey Mulligan describes one costume as having “this extraordinary weight to it” that was “like wearing chain mail or armor.”
As was previously announced, Martin collaborated with Tiffany & Co. on the film’s jewelry and Brooks Brothers on the men’s costumes. So if anything we’re now even more bummed that the film’s release got pushed back to next summer because it means we’ll have to wait even longer to see these amazing costumes. Let’s hope for some new clips or trailers before then!