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Friday, May 10, 2013

The Great Gatsby

Yesterday I finished my last class of the spring semester and have two glorious weeks before the summer semester starts. Although I am smack dab in the middle of designing an entire house for truly lovely clients I took today off. The Fashionista has to work on Sunday so she wanted to celebrate Mother’s Day today with me.

Just how will we spend it? At the movies. We’ve been waiting months for the theatrical version of “The Great Gatsby”. It is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, a 20th century literary classic beloved by both of us.

I am approaching this remake with a bit of trepidation. In my mind there will always be only one Jay Gatsby... my beloved Robert Redford who starred in the 1974 classic.

I imagine that my feelings are a bit like Gatsby himself which his next door neighbor Nick sums up:

"No amount of fire could challenge the fairytale he had stored up in his heart."

But I am willing to give Leo DiCaprio as Gatsby a chance. After all, for his long anticipated encounter with first love Daisy, he fills Nick’s cottage with abundant floral bouquets and macarons. 

Jay Gatsby

However I am thrilled with the casting of Carey Mulligan. She captures the essence of Daisy Buchanan completely. If you haven’t seen her Oscar nominated role in “An Education” put it on your must watch list at once.


I of course am eager to view the film sets which were created by Oscar winner Catherine Martin who also happens to be the wife of the film’s director, Baz Luhrmann.

The movie was filmed primarily in Sydney, Australia and the sets, to include Jay Gatsby’s ballroom, capture the Art Deco opulence of the 1920’s.

His entry hall.

Jay Gatsby’s terrace in the daytime.

The terrace at night.

A dining room scene. Who else wants to roll around on that carpet???

Another shot which provides a closer view of the wallpaper. I’ll take the candlesticks and the fan.

The story’s narrator, Nick Carraway, is played by Tobey Macguire.

Within & Without

Nick lives in a small cottage next door to Gatsby. Dreamy sigh.

The interior of the cottage is done in an Arts and Crafts style. Long time readers might remember from this post that it’s a favorite of mine.

Tom and Daisy Buchanan’s red brick mansion.

It has been said that the home was partly inspired by Old Westbury Gardens on Long Island. I think so.

The Buchanan set features Hollywood Regency inspired interiors as vibrant as Daisy herself.

Oh that chandelier!

A confrontation occurs in a room at the Plaza hotel.

Myrtle Wilson (Tom Buchanan’s mistress) is played by Isla Fisher. Myrtle’s city love nest is quaint 1920’s.

Myrtle’s Party

Of course we must cover the fashions. The costume designer was also Catherine Martin. She collaborated with Miuccia Prada who turned to her family’s design archives to come up with 40 background dresses, as well as a few of Daisy’s costumes.

 Brooks Brothers dressed the men.

The French company Solstiss created all the lace. 

Carey Mulligan evokes Jazz Age glamour in Tiffany jewelry created expressly for Baz Luhrmann’s film The Great Gatsby.

Dreamy confection.

I can’t even imagine how heavy this gown was to wear, but it is stunning!

Actress Carey Mulligan, one of the stars of The Great Gatsby, in exquisite Tiffany jewelry created expressly for Baz Luhrmann’s film.

Nick Calloway’s girlfriend, Jordan Baker (played by Elizabeth Debicki, who reminds me of Emily Blunt) sure knows how to dress to impress. 

Jordan Baker

There is also sumptuous jewelry. A collaboration was formed with Tiffany’s to use archival pieces, as well as create new pieces, for the film. Tiffany’s was selected in large part due to that F. Scott Fitzgerald was a well known customer.

Oh just look at all those diamonds and pearls!

If that is not enough fashion, this months issue of Vogue also features a Gatsby themed spread.

carey mulligan vogue

I would wear this entire outfit EVERYWHERE!

One can always hope for a happy ending….

Run Away

The source for each image can be found by clicking on each picture.

Do you plan on seeing “The Great Gatsby”?



Heather said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing all of these images and the background behind the home decor styles - I'll try to pay attention to that when I go see the movie tonight but I think it's going to be hard to take my eyes off of Leo and Carey!

Susan said...

Oh my GOSH Laura....What fabulous scenes! What opulance! WOW WOW WOW I'd like to see it just for the decor. Thanks for sharing. Great post. Susan

Susan said...

Oh my GOSH Laura....What fabulous scenes! What opulance! WOW WOW WOW I'd like to see it just for the decor. Thanks for sharing. Great post. Susan

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Looks like it's going to be an amazing movie!!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

OH I know you two will have a fabulous day. I definitely want to see the film, should be amazing. Your pictures are all fabulous. Hugs, Marty

Calypso In The Country said...

Yes! I am dying to see it! Although I loved Robert Redford in the first one, I actually think Leonardo can pull it off. I also think the entire cast is brilliantly chosen so I am excited to get to the movie. Having said that, I have no idea when I will be going with our crazy kids schedules - but hopefully while it is still in theatres!

Sarah said...

Laura, sounds like your mother/daughter day will be fun. I"m a fan of the original film too, but will give this one a chance. '-)

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I wasn't planning on it but now I so want to, love the fashion and the flowers! Thanks for posting this!

miss flibbertigibbet said...

I think it's going to be magnificent whether Leo is as good as Redford or not! The houses, clothes, gardens and everything else will be stunning I'm sure! As a fellow movie lover, I remember SO well that right after I finished my graduate program I wanted to just veg out and relax. Went to see Four Weddings and A Funeral and ate a huge barrel of popcorn while I drooled over Hugh.....sigh....

Auntie Em said...

Wow, those are some breathtaking photos! Love the costumes and the sets. I can see a big revival of the era if this becomes a big hit. And I am sure Leo will be awesome, especially with the younger set ,who probably won't remember the original or how handsome RR was in the day! ~Swoon~

I love shows like Poirot, as much for the costumes and cars and sets as the stories. What a decadent age.
Thanks for the 'preview'! Hope you have a great weekend :)

TRay said...

Love all of it! I'd like to live the party that is Gatsby's terrace at night every single day!

Can't wait to see it!

--Your Royal PEAculiar

French said...

You know I rarely go to the movies, but I'll go see this one! Thanks for the previews!

Debra Oliver said...

I thought I had seen the Redford version, but realized upon wathching it that I hadn't. I loved Redford and Sam Waterson, but I've never been a fan of Mia Farrow, her rendition of Daisy was poor in my opinion. Seeing that movie made me realize how different movie making is now. I wish I hadn't seen the old one. I know that even though I know the ending I'll still enjoy this one so much more. great post, Laura!!

openid said...

I too have been waiting for this movie to be released and plan on seeing it this weekend with Thomas. I love F Scott Fitzgerald and that time period. I think Leo will do as good a job as Mr Redford in playing the Great Gatsby although in my mind, Thomas and Deborah have the leading roles. :)
Enjoy celebrating motherhood with your daughter!

Sandy McClay said...

I am speechless! I am for sure going to see this movie wonder they cost millions to make....WOW!!!!

I just want to go and see the scenery and the people homes inside!

lynn cockrell said...

Oh, my, Laura! This movie will be worth taking in just to see the sets and costuming, if for no other reason. I just love the old Hollywood opulence! Unlike some of the movies today, it appears some big bucks were put into the production. I hope you enjoy the movie with your daughter. Have a beautiful Mother's Day!

Sherry "Edie" & Marie Antionette said...

Absolutely! I can't wait to see all the costuming and fanfare! Robert Redford will ALWAYS be Jay Gatsby in my book too - but if they had to chose someone to try for 2nd best I think they did okay.

Hugs, Sherry

Debbie said...

Well, I wasn't going to go see it. For one thing, I usually get all critical of remakes, I admit it. (Hands my head...) But I am also really cheap and usually wait until I can see a movie more cheaply.

HOWEVER... the costumes and sets you have shown have me wanting to see it on the big screen.

The Boston Lady said...

The Maven and I will be seeing this next week, Laura and I'm looking forward to it's visual beauty. Carey Mulligan was indeed wonderful in "An Education" and I think she will be the perfect Daisy. I was never a fan of the Redford Gatsby, so I am willing to give Leo a chance. I will take Nick's cottage over the larger homes, please. Hope you liked it and Happy Mother's Day! Ann

Lisa said...

Hope to go on Sunday...despite the reviews it looks absolutely stunning!

Karen Albert said...

Dear Laura I saw it Friday night and loved it so much! All the reasons above, the glamour of the day, the costumes and set designs. You could feel the passions, the anger, the range of emotions these actors portrayed so well.

Art by Karena

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I was protesting! I was a mere teenager of 14 when the Great Gatsby came out...I fell in love with Redford and the style of the era. I may have to reconsider..oh my Daisy's gowns! I am drooling. Thanks for the beautiful tour.

Linda said...

I'd love to know how it was! Yes, Sarah has anxiously awaited this movie because she adores Leo (she's a Titanic fanatic more than anyone I know), and she loves the classics as well. It's a bit of an effort now though for us to get to the movies since BOTH of the local theaters are undergoing a transformation and won't reopen until later this year and there's nothing else close by. So, we'll have to manage it at some point, somewhere....

Hope you enjoyed a wonderful Mother's Day. ♥

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

I want to see it but Oh how I want a happy ending! If I knew there was a happy ending I would be first in line at the theater! I'm a happily ever after gal!