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When Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” arrives in theaters next week, it won’t be the first time a cinematic adaptation of the charismatic millionaire will enthrall the fashion world.
The 1974 version of the film, starring Robert Redford and a perpetually whispering Mia Farrow, may have been kicked to the curb critically, but that summer, the film’s fashions helped to ignite a jazz age craze. Summer whites dominated when it was in theaters, thanks to Redford’s thick cable knits and dandy suits, to Farrow’s diaphanous white ruffles. Perhaps costume designer Theoni V. Aldredge (who battled with a then little-known Ralph Lauren for costume credit) took direct inspiration from protagonist Nick Carraway’s description of the parties he witnessed at Gatsby’s.