Anticipation for Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gastby has been steadily growing since the release of the trailer a few short weeks ago. We’ve been swept away by the sequined embellished dresses and feather head pieces of the leading ladies, but what about the men’s dapper duds? Iconic American brand Brooks Brothers partnered with Warner Brothers and costume designer Catherine Martin to create the film’s men’s apparel. Set in the glitz and glam of the roaring twenties, F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel takes us on a journey through the lives of the ultra rich — and you know the whole time we were reading it we couldn't stop visualizing the outfits in our heads.
Studying pieces from the Brook Brothers’ 1920s collections, Catherine Martin perfectly encapsulates the brand’s collegiate look, the Jazz Age, and the story of The Great Gatsby in her designs for the movie. But it doesn't sound like easy work; Martin was tasked with crafting more than 500 beautifully tailored formalwear pieces and daywear costumes for the entire male cast. According to Martin, Fitzgerald himself was a devoted Brooks Brothers customer, making the partnership an even greater ehm, fit. In the author's personal writings, he claimed Brooks Brothers was “a representation of the ultimate gentleman’s purveyor of fine clothing to the American man of distinction." (Couldn’t have said it better ourselves!) Luckily, the film is shot in 3D, meaning we can get a real close look at the tuxedos, waistcoats, and oh-so-cute bow ties... not to mention our boyfriend, Leonardo DiCaprio. (WWD)
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