Prada and “The Great Gatsby”

The Italian designer behind Prada and Miu Miu has unveiled four sketches of her costumes for the Baz Luhrmann film adaptation of ‘The Great Gatsby’.

Text: Sophia Karagianni


The fashion mastermind Miuccia Prada has collaborated with legendary costume designer Catherine Martin to create a bespoke collection of over 40 unique cocktail and evening dresses for Baz Luhrmann’s big screen adaptation of  “The Great Gatsby”, all of which are adapted designs from past Prada or Miu Miu collections. In the glittering re-imagining of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s jazz-age classic stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire.

Now, we finally get to see some of Miuccias Prada costume designs for the film, as she unveiled four sketches of them. The Prada and Miu Miu designs are said to steal the scenes: 20s-inspired shimmering dresses covered with crystals, fringing and sequins, in shades of emerald, jade, topaz and gold, come from luxurious velvets and furs fabrics. A golden Prada party gown laden with crystals, worn by Mulligan’s Daisy Buchanan, is the pièce de résistance.


Radzmire dress with bustier embroidered with pearls, stones and sequin fringes. Inspired by a revisited silhouette of the 1920s, it is made contemporary by the use of modern fabrics and embroideries of the 1950s.


Multi-striped sequins dress with a plastic and trimmings embroidery at the bottom. Inspired by the Prada Spring/Summer 2011 collection.


‘‘I usually try not to literally reference periods in my work, because that’s not the way I think’’, Prada said. ‘‘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.’’

Orange organza dress enriched with plastic fish scale-like sequin embroidery. Inspired by the Prada Fall/Winter 2011 collection.


Knee-length dress in octane-coloured tulle lined in matching silk cady. In the front, tulle is embroidered with a precious ramage pattern in crystal-coloured Swarovski. The dress’s cuts are highlighted by subtle contrasting details in black silk.


It is the third time that the Italian designer has worked with Baz Luhrmann, having previously collaborated on his 1996 adaptation of Romeo & Juliet , and also for the series of short films that were featured in the Met’s ‘Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations’ exhibition. “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”, explains Martin.

The Great Gasby will hit cinema screens this summer. Until then, keep your excitement and watch the trailer below.