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Tuesday, 28 May 2013

The Glamour of Gatsby

Oh, the glamour of Baz Lurhmann's 'The Great Gatsby'. Love it or loathe it, there is no doubt that the film is overflowing with ostentatious dazzle, whether or not it detaches itself from the true message of F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece of a novel. I might be running into review territory but this is not a review, I'll leave that to Mark Kermode and my lovely friends over at the film show on URN. I will admit that I did find the film highly entertaining, if a little weak in parts, but one thing that caught my eye was the visual treat provided by costume designer Catherine Martin.

The costumes may not have been entirely accurate to the exact time of the novel's setting but the fashion of the film was a spectacular show of 1920s glamour. Think embellished, Prada flapper dresses, extravagant Tiffany headpieces and a nod to the oriental. And the men? Dapper suits, wicker hats, and a significant pink suit, that, I think you'll agree, Leonardo Di Caprio looks very dashing in. 'The Great Gatsby' is hot property right now, as is a surge in the decades' fashion, so here is my guide to encapsulating the glamour of Lurhmann's Gatsby.

1. New Look Clear Perspex Floral Necklace, £17.99.

2. New Look Brown Lace Up Brogues, £17.99.

3. Mutiny by Irregular Choice Black Bird T-Bar Court Shoes, £74.99.

4. Miss Selfridge Designed by Embroidered Frill Maxi Dress, £110.

5. River Island Cream Pacha Bead Embellished Kimono, £60.

6. New Look Cream Pearl Head Piece, £5.99.

7. Miss Selfridge Designed by Peacock Clutch, £60.

8. Pieces Cascade Chandelier Earrings, £5.00.

9. River Island Pink Embellished Sleeveless Flapper Dress, £55.

10. Edun Silk Tennis Dress, £130.

If you would love to read a more in-depth analysis of the costumes of the film make sure you read this 'Fashionista' article.

And finally, what did you think to the film? Did the visual aspects of Lurhmann's film grip you or were you disappointed at the blockbuster retelling?

NG <3


  1. Reviewing this version would be difficult if compared to the book. The written literature of F. Scott Fitzgerald's gatsby has a real dream quality missing in this movie that moves at breakneck speed. The costumes? Totally inspiring . . .

  2. I really want to watch this film, plush the fashion part of it is amazing :) x

  3. Yup it was perfection, I really love the costumes ! Can't get enough of it !

  4. I'll definitely watch this movie! They have an awesome costumes and fashion. :)

  5. What a cool post! Love that clutch! Oh, I loved the film and would see it again.

  6. So glad you posted about the movie. I really thought Leo did an amazing job. I don't think I hated Daisy as much in the book as I did the movie. Oddly, I felt the film was more of a bromance between Jay and the narrator which I'm sure not many noticed.

  7. Ooh I love this post, so many cute items! I love the sparkly dress. Daisy's wardrobe was absolutely to die for and more men should dress like Gatsby, haha. I saw the film last week and I was definitely underwhelmed, I loved the book so that was probably it. I did enjoy bits of it though.

  8. Ooh, I love # 9 - the Embellished Flapper Dress is just perfect!

    I have yet to see the film, but the book is one of my absolute favorites! :)

  9. I loved the film with all the glitz in the party scenes! So beautiful it made me want to dress up with all the glam and diamonds!

  10. Great post hun! The River Island dress is so gorgeous and would fit right into the theme of the movie, which btw I LOVED! :))

    Andrea | RosyChicc

  11. I loved the film sooooo much!!!!I think it was brilliant though i agree there were a couple weak moments!!
    Great post!!! :)
    Check my blog if you want!!

  12. I really want to see the film, just look look at all the beautiful clothes ;)

    Jennie xo |

  13. The River Island dress is gorgeous, I'm loving all the Gatsby inspired pieces around at the moment. xo

  14. The flapper dress is really beautiful! Just love the roaring 20's :) x

    Fashion Landscape

  15. Love your picks, my favs are 4, 7 and 9. Looking forward to seeing the movie...actually more the fashion in the movie!

  16. the river island dress is so perfect! xo

  17. How can you not be ubberly obsessed with The Great Gatsby and all its glamour. Leo in him self is a eye full. I nearly fell out of my sleep when he appear on the movie screen. Loving the Rive Island dress you chose.

    What a cute blog you have! Would you like to be blogger friends and follow each other via GFC and bloglovin? If so follow me and drop a comment on my blog so i can follow you back!!


  18. I still have to watch it! It's been on my to do list for the past two weeks...


  19. I love the kimono you picked out!xx

  20. I loved the Great Gatsby! You've picked some great pieces, my favs are the Miss Selfridge maxi dress and the clutch. Gorgeous :)

    Denise x

  21. Amazing post! And your blog is amazing, tbh. Follow me and I follow back. Let me know when your done over on my blog!xo
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  22. I've not seen this film, but all the posts I am reading about it is making me want to see it!

    Corinne x

  23. I've never read the book, so I cant compare but I loved the film! I found it such a visual masterpiece with the beautiful costumes.

  24. Great post!!! Loved the book and movie :)
    Penny Rose

  25. I want so bad to see that movie! Seems so perfect!

  26. This is so elegant!

    I invite you to check out my blog.

  27. I love the flapper dress :) Love your blog, Im following you now :) Hi from a fellow Yorkshirian (however you spell it haha)
    Jessica xx

  28. I still haven't seen it, but it is on my must see list for sure, partly because of the style! :)

  29. I can't wait to see this - the costumes look sooo good :) Thanks for pointing me in the direction of the article too! :) x


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