Prada hosts The Great Gatsby costume exhibition in New York

Miuccia Prada and costume designer Catherine Martin are hosting a special exhibition of costumes for Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming film adaptation of The Great Gatsby. The exhibition will be on display May 1 - 12, 2013 at the Prada New York Epicenter at 575 Broadway in New York City.

Carey Mulligan and Leonardo di Caprio in ‘The Great Gatsby’ – costumes by Miuccia Prada and Brooks Brothers

Miuccia Prada and Catherine Martin created over 40 looks for the movie, each inspired by styles from the Prada and Miu Miu archives.

“Baz and Miuccia have always connected on their shared fascination with finding modern ways of releasing classic and historical references from the shackles of the past,” said Martin. “This connection is central to our relationship with Miuccia Prada on The Great Gatsby, and has connected our vision with hers. In the same way Nick Carraway reflects on a world that he is within and without, we have tried to create an environment that the audience will be subconsciously familiar with, yet separated from.” (

Carrey Mulligan wearing a costume by Miuccia Prada in The Great Gatsby movie adaptation

The designs take the form of shimmering dresses, covered with crystals, fringing and sequins, in shades of emerald, jade, topaz and gold. Fabrics come in luxurious velvets and furs, with the story’s Twenties setting at the heart of each style. American brand Brooks Brothers has designed costumes for the movie’s male actors, such as Leonardo DiCaprio who plays the enigmatic Jay Gatsby and Tobey Maguire who stars as narrator Nick Carraway.

Miuccia Prada and Catherine Martin ‘The Great Gatsby’ costume exhibit at Prada Epicentre, New York

With the occasion of the event, Miuccia Prada told WWD Prada her costumes for Daisy Buchanan, the story’s female lead, “became about money, because [Luhrmann] wanted to show her as the most beautiful and rich woman on earth.”

Prada added that she didn’t have to adapt her work to a ’20s aesthetic. “Yes, probably a few had that kind of edge, but almost none were meant to be the ’20s when I did them,” she said. “I was really fascinated by that”