THE GREAT GATSBY COSTUME DESIGNER TALKS ABOUT CREATING THE MOVIE’S OPULENT 1920s FASHIONS

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, The Great Gatsby movie is no doubt the most opulent and decadent movie of the year. Transporting us back to the roaring ’20s, the sets and the costumes are a feast for the senses, says the movie’s costume designer Catherine Martin.

In the new, big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel director, writer and producer Baz Luhrmann takes things up a level and revamping the story to epic proportions. According to producer, costume and set designer Catherine Martin (she’s also director Baz Luhrmann’s wife), the film is so grand, you’ll feel as though you’ve been dropped right into every scene.

In Gatsby, would-be writer Nick Carraway  leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922—an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks—he lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (DiCarprio), and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

In this video interview, Gastby costume and production set designer Catherine Martin dishes on the ’2os fashions and what it means today.

 

 

 

The Great Gatsby opens May 10 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher and Elizabeth Debicki.

 

—Toni-Marie Ippolito

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