Baz Luhrmann is known for freely sampling from the decades. (Who can forget Leonard DiCaprio in the achingly stylish Romeo + Juliet, dressed in a Hawaiian shirt against a soundtrack of 1990s classics?) Now the director is at it again with his biggest film yet, the $125 million The Great Gatsby. Though fans of the Jazz Age novel freaked when a trailer was released to the music of Kanye West, the film features another mashup that we can get behind: the costumes.
Instead of hunting down vintage 1920s frocks, Luhrmann has decided to deck out stars Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, and newcomer Elizabeth Debicki in clothes from the Prada archives. Miuccia Prada has chosen 40 looks from the Prada and Miu Miu labels, recutting and flapper-izing them for the film. “I usually try not to literally reference periods in my work, because that’s not the way I think,” Prada told Vogue. “But when I worked on the costumes, I realised how many pieces would become very Twenties with a little intervention and another point of view.”
It’s not the first time the two have paired up. Prada created DiCaprio’s Romeo suits in 1996; and the two collaborated on a short film for her recent Met retrospective, Impossible Conversations.