Oh mah lawd, The Great Gatsby movie. How can I NOT blog about this? The styling for this movie is SERIOUS. It’s exuberant, it’s excessive, and I love it! It was such a feast for the eyes. I watched the movie twice just so I could take in and appreciate all the colors, patterns and textures. There’s just so many things to look at. The fashion, of course, was extravagantly ahhhmazing! Heck, even the menswear in the movie was nice and dapper. I even got excited seeing the art deco cigarette lighters that were used in the movie, those are so damn friggin’ cool and retro!!!
I’ve seen the 1974 version of the movie before, like yearsss ago, and thought (at that time) it was great, but the styling literally pales in comparison to the 2013 version. So much more vibrant, grander and more exaggerated in the latest iteration. Gotta love green screen and CGI. I especially loved how Nick Carraway’s cottage was filled with draping cymbidium and dendrobium orchids when Jay Gatsby orchestrated his reunion with Daisy Buchanan – the lavish floral display was very Bloom Boutique-ish (one of my former incarnations). I also couldn’t take my eyes off Daisy Buchanan’s chandelier dress with the feather bolero when she attended one of Jay Gatsby’s parties; that outfit from headgear all the way down to her cuff jewelry was ultra gorgeous!
I feel very sour that I missed the Great Gatsby movie costume exhibition at the Prada store in New York City by just one week. Gawd, I’d have loved to see the costumes up close and personal in real life. Ugh. Nonetheless for posterity’s sake, I’m cataloging as many images pertaining to the movie’s fashion direction in this post as possible for my own reference. It’s gonna be a LOT of images, I mean it. A LOT. Visual overdrive, which pretty much sums up what happened to me both times I watched the movie. My eyes were bigger than the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg (heh, you’ll get this joke if you’ve seen the movie). This is a movie about an excess of excess, so naturally I have a lot of images to post here. So yeah, you’ve been warned. I’d totally watch the movie again the third, the fourth, the fifth time just to take in more visual goodness, btw. I love every detail, including the graphic design (ie. the historically-accurate use of decorative font, the monogram, the art deco motif in the ending credit sequence, etc). Remind me to pack eyedrops. Liquid diamonds in a bottle? Haha!
New York Exhibit
The Great Gatsby Fashion
Fashion Collaboration with Prada
The Great Gatsby Jewelry
The Great Gatsby Flowers
The Great Gatsby Interior
The Visual Effects of The Great Gatsby
Last but not least, a couple of really fun The Great Gatsby infographics. I love infographic.
Oh, so the first time I saw this movie (in NYC with bestie) I said that I thought Robert Redford made a more charming Jay Gatsby in the 1974 version. And then I watched both the 1974 and 2013 versions again upon returning to SG, and I changed my opinion about my earlier statement. I find that Leo DiCaprio delivered a more believable performance as the unwavering titular character that’s filled with determination to win Daisy over. I get this version of Jay Gatsby.
Uh, does anyone have any commentaries on Daisy Buchanan? Fragile bird? Materialistic c*cktease? What do you think?
This movie has definitely joined the other two Baz Luhrmann’s movies (Romeo & Juliet, Moulin Rouge) into my ‘fave movie’ list because of the great cinematography, styling and art direction. Soundtracks too, of course. Great stuff.
Young and Beautiful, by Lana Del Rey
I’ve seen the world
Done it all, had my cake now
Diamonds, brilliant, and Bel-Air now
Hot summer nights mid July
When you and I were forever wild
The crazy days, the city lights
The way you’d play with me like a child
Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful
Will you still love me when I got nothing but my aching soul
I know you will, I know you will
I know that you will
Will you still love me when I’m no longer beautiful
That voice is so friggin’ haunting. This song gives me goosebumps.