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[Cross-posted at my Everything Gatsby blog]

The first movie trailer for The Great Gatsby is out, and the critics are already weighing in on the costume and styling by Catherine Martin.

Kurt Soller of Esquire is betting ‘The Great Gatsby’ will change the way we will look at period costumes:

At its core, Gatsby is is a story about clothes, about the wealth and power the right ones can suggest, even if the wardrobe is actually nothing more than a cipher or, more accurately, a disguise. There are waiters in white dinner jackets, and lots of black tuxedo trousers. There’s one outfit that appears throughout much of the trailer where Leo DiCaprio, as the man himself, wears a white vest, a slate shirt, and a rust tie that looks dusty and deco all at once. It’s beautiful, and so are the other garments briefly revealed in these less-than-three-minutes. Apparently, James Gatz prefers vests almost as much as flappers in tight, spangled, dresses.

Fashionista rated the costumes as “picture perfect”:

Carey Mulligan is the perfect Daisy, clad in an array of flapper dresses, furs and, most importantly, barrettes and bedazzled headpieces that do the time period justice. For his part, Leo looks incredibly dapper, and seems to be perpetually clad in a cream colored suit.

Fashion historian Jaqueline WayneGuite, wasn’t as impressed with the costume or the feeling of that time period:

To be clear, I can tell from the trailer that these costumes are not period accurate. They all look like contemporary fashion interpreting 1920s Halloween costumes. The hair and makeup look like they’re from the present day. The architecture and interior design look much too contemporary to even pretend to be from the 20s. The colors are a bit too bright and the sparkle is a bit too computer generated.

Clothes on Film compares Martin’s costume interpretation to the time period:

For The Great Gatsby’s female cast, Catherine Martin parades the flapper vibe with abandon. Although the term ‘flapper’ did not really apply until after 1924, it epitomises this hedonistic age more as an attitude than a look.

There are rumors that Prada and iconic tailors Brooks Brothers contributed costumes for The Great Gatsby.  According to Pedestrian TV, these were “worn exclusively by models during shooting. Prada’s Fall 2011 collection featured the dropped waist silhouette of a twenties flapper and those used in the costume department were reportedly “flown from the runway.””

Source: Fashionista, The Hourglass Files, Pedestrian TV, Clothes on Film, Esquire,

Picture Source: Fashionista

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