Beyond Retro Weekly Edit: Gatsby Style
By WGSN Insider

In this weekly guest series, vintage archive Beyond Retro examines the ’20s influences returning to fashion in anticipation of “The Great Gatsby”.

May 03, 2013
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Costumes from Baz luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby by Miuccia Prada & Catherine Martin, currently on display at Prada’s Soho store in New York City. 

In this new weekly blog series, London-based Vintage Archive Beyond Retro guest-curates a post on the Vintage Vault.  For this inaugural post, Archive Manager Joseph O’Brien looks at The Great Gatsby influences sure to hit fashion in the months to come. 

With Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby remake currently on everyone’s lips we take a look at some tantalising Twenties embellishments from the Archive collection…

It has been well documented that Baz Luhrmann and Miuccia Prada share a mutual spark in reinterpreting styles of the past for a modern setting, and Luhrmann’s reworking of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel proved a perfect platform for this.  The 1920s was an era that revolutionised the notion of nightlife in high society.  In the fashion world there was an insatiable appetite to display one’s newfound opulence, and women of the era effused a certain demure demeanor that was at odds with the social hedonism of the era, a dichotomy most recently revived by HBO show Boardwalk Empire and surely a highlight of Baz Luhrmann’s new film.  Diamonds added dazzle, tassels were tousled and feathers added froufrou to women who were the embodiment of both serenity and sparkling spontaneity in equal measure.

Prada was clearly keen to keep alive the surface decoration that coined the decade, as seen in her sketches for the 2013 release… here are some of our favourite original pieces that exemplify the same notion of the twinkling Twenties.

For enquires about these items or to arrange an appointment in the Beyond Retro Archive contact Joseph O’Brien on joseph.obrien@beyondretro.com


L to R: Original Prada costume sketch for The Great Gatbsy; Garment detail shots courtesy of Beyond Retro.  A classic Art Deco clasp sits atop a dropped ruche waist with all over dense beading.


L to R: Original Prada costume sketch for The Great Gatbsy; Garment detail shots courtesy of Beyond Retro.  A classic ‘Eau De Nil’ Green dress with tiered front. A subtle sparkle of diamante is nestled at the centre of a ruched flower head waist band.


L to R: Original Prada costume sketch for The Great Gatbsy; Garment detail shots courtesy of Beyond Retro.  [Note: far right image courtesy of StyleSight Image Library].  A rich caramel shift dress in silk and tulle, drenched in various solid and iridescent beads and sequins. Signature Morning Glory flower heads and leaves are repeated in dusty gold tones.


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