Designer Catherine Martin on creating a new look for ‘Gatsby’

Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby in one of costume designer Catherine Martin’s creations.
Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby in one of costume designer Catherine Martin’s creations.Warner Brothers Pictures

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The Great Gatsby” costume designer Catherine Martin sounds oddly calm and remarkably patient as she fields questions about the wardrobe she created for the movie adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic that comes to theaters on May 10.

Martin, who is married to “Gatsby” director Baz Luhrmann, dreamed up the looks for the movie, set among monied Long Islanders in the Roaring Twenties. “Gatsby”-era styles have had a strong influence on the runways for the past two years, including flapper dresses, headpieces, and details such as fringe, feathers, and metallic fabrics—all of which have been seen in fashion capitals and glossy magazines as anticipation of the film has grown. The only thing missing has been a revival of the Charleston.

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