Baz Luhrmann - Baz Luhrmann's 50 shades of pink

Subscribe to Baz Luhrmann alerts

Baz Luhrmann wore Jay Gatsby's suits as preparation for 'The Great Gatsby'.

The director was keen to embody the character before taking on the latest big-screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel in order to get a feel for the 1920s era.

He said: ''I tend to get into character during filming so I started buying pink suits [worn by Jay Gatsby] three years ago to get an idea of the right colour pink. The costumes are the result of an extraordinary collaboration between Catherine [Martin] and Miuccia Prada; it's one of the great joys of the movie.

''Miuccia is a very old friend of mine, and she did the first suits for Leonardo Dicaprio in 'Romeo + Juliet'. What we share with Miuccia is she takes old classical things, which were once modern but are now seen as clichéd, turns them on their heads and reinvents them in a way so they're refreshed and renewed.''

Luhrmann was ''shocked'' when he realised how accurate the ensembles were, compared to the originals of the time, and noted how many of the designs are still fashionable in this day-and-age.

He added to Stylist magazine: ''What's shocking from our research is how similar the fashion and the aesthetic from then is to what we like to wear right now. Images from [upmarket French cities] La Croisette, Cannes during the time the Fitzgeralds were hanging out in the Cote d'Azur show the rage for stripes, and the whole nautical look is still very current.

''There was a revolution taking place, where mothers, whose dresses were down to their ankles, were taking their daughters to court for wearing what they perceived to be underwear.''


Tags: Baz Luhrmann - Miuccia Prada - Leonardo Dicaprio - Catherine Martin

Subscribe to Baz Luhrmann alerts

More Baz Luhrmann

So, Why Did Leonardo DiCaprio Get Knocked Back By Cara Delevingne?

Leonardo DiCaprio has certainly racked up an impressive number of supermodel girlfriends over the years, though British Burberry star Cara Delevingne isn't one of them....

The Great Gatsby Movie Review

Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge) is the perfect director to take on F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic novel about the American dream, simply because he's an expert...

Screw The Reviews, F Scott Fitzgerald's Granddaughter "Loves" Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby

Stuff what the critics are saying, if you’re pleasing the granddaughter of the person who wrote the original novel then your film’s a-ok. That’s what...

A Week In Movies: Fast And Furious 6 Fires Off In London, Jackman Talks Wolverine And Baz Luhrmann's Spectacular Great Gatsby Hits Screens

The big cinematic event this week was the world premiere in London of Fast & Furious 6, which brought the film's stars out on the...


It Seems Women Could Rescue Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’

This wasn’t in the script. Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic tale of the roaring twenties, The Great Gatsby, was one of the...

Is 'The Great Gatsby' A Triumph Or The Biggest Disappointment Of The Year So Far?

The Great Gatsby is often lauded as being one of the greatest stories told in modern times and one that has been incorporated by Hollywood...

Tobey Maguire 'Got Excited' About Playing Great Gatsby's Nick Carraway [Video]

Tobey Maguire says he was genuinely excited about playing Nick Carraway in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, despite the intense pressure. "I was thrilled. It's...

Carey Mulligan Discusses Her 'Daunting' Role In The Great Gatsby [Video]

In a brand new interview, Brit-actress Carey Mulligan discussed her latest role in Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby....



Baz Luhrmann Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Baz Luhrmann

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All