If there was an era where i would have loved to live it would be in the 1920′s – seemingly endless wealth, shortened hemlines, sequins, feathers, jewels and did i mention…. parties?? I am in countdown mode until Baz Lurhman’s version of the F. Scott Fitzgerald masterpiece The Great Gatsby is released in Australia- check out the trailer http://thegreatgatsby.warnerbros.com The production budget was $100 million and on the opening weekend in the US the box office took in US$51 million so money wise Baz has delivered..the critics reviews have been mixed but who really cares what they think anyway?….With Miuccia Prada involved in the costume design can the movie be anything but great??
The Great Gatsby was one novel which i can actually remember reading at school – remember West Egg and East Egg? Jay Gatsby’s new money Vs Tom Buchanon’s old money…Gatsby’s unrequited love for Daisy..AND their respective houses! I have delved into the history and got a little diverted along the way so here is Paddo to Palmy’s version of everything Great about Gatsby and the Era in which he lived…
The Gatsby Mansion in the movie which has been digitally enhanced from…
St Patrick’s Seminary in Manly – they actually had to remove the Palm Trees then re plant them; they also built a fountain out the front – i did mention the budget was $100m
Tom and Daisy Buchanon’s house..
Buchanon’s house was based on Alva Vanderbilt Belmont’s house at Land’s End in Long Island (the house was sadly demolished in 2011)
Baz and Catherine Martin researched early 20th Century mansions including La Selva on the North Shore of Long Island
The two story La Selva stair case was replicated for the set of the movie as Gatsby’s foyer
Gatsby’s 2 story bedroom was influenced by the French designer Emile Jacques Ruhlmann who pioneered the Art Deco style – the walls were a nod to Philippe Stark’s lobby in the Delano in Miami
Gatsby’s ballroom complete with masses of orchids which requires hot houses to grow represent the absolute wealth that Gatsby had amassed (notice the similarity to the staircase from La Selva) The floors were custom milled to make the Gatsby monogram!
The less shiny interiors of the Buchanon house – the huge oval shaped rugs were designed by Catherine Martin through Designer Rugs
Classic Art Deco style in the sitting room of the Buchanon’s home featuring beautiful antique side boards and velvet chairs
Found these beauties on 1st Dibs – French Bergeres Andre Groult chairs..am becoming obsessed with velvet lately
1st Dibs also had this amazing French Parchment sideboard – i shiver to think how much this would cost (Parchment = Goatskin!)
Now for the Fashion..Fur anyone? and those jewels!!
One of Prada’s sketches for the film
Carey was shot by Mario Testino for US Vogue looking ammmmaazing in what appears to be a green velvet dress!!
Carey looking fabulous in Vogue..that dress is sheer decadence
Taking intricate beading to the next level – Mario is a genius – such beautiful photo’s..
Finally Carey in feathers…
Found this beaded flapper dress on 1st Dibs
Ok i am obsessed with 1st Dibs – seriously how beautiful is this Art Deco style Onyx and Diamond bracelet?!
Carved sapphire and diamond jabot pin – 1st Dibs – where else?!
Or these carved jade stunners? (1st Dibs) i actually have a pair of earrings like this my very gorgeous husband gave them to me (from Rox jewellers in the Strand Arcade)
And with all of this fabulous jewellery a girls need somewhere fabulous to keep it – shagreen and ivory box (yes you guessed it 1st dibs)
The fashion that Miuccia Prada drew from as inspiration for the costumes (from both Prada and Miu Miu)
Some fabulous 20′s inspired shoes from Tory Burch – they come in yellow as well!