The Costumes: Dressing an era for ‘The Great Gatsby’

‘The Great Gatsby’ sexy costumes designer Catherine Martin was instructed by director Baz Luhrmann to avoid nostalgia and capture a cultural revolution.
Catherine Martin, costume designer for “The Great Gatsby,” looks at original costume sketches for the film at the Chateau Marmont. She has earned two Academy Awards, for art direction and costume design on “Moulin Rouge!

Two-time Academy Award-winning costume designer Catherine Martin’s luscious and ultra-luxe costumes for “The Great Gatsby” are a stellar fusion of past, present and future. Her husband, the film’s director, Baz Luhrmann, with whom she frequently collaborates (“Strictly Ballroom,” “Moulin Rouge!”), wanted her to ignite a vision not of nostalgia but of what it must have felt like to hear jazz for the first time. The clothes were to showcase the cultural revolution taking place. She acknowledges it was a mighty big job, but with the help of some exceptional resources, it became one that was ultimately quite fruitful. After all, she says of the film’s cast and crew — for which she also was production designer, earning nominations for both roles — “We’re all on the same journey. We’re all in a relay race and all trying to get the Olympic torch lit, and we’re all treading in the same direction. I’m really proud of the work we’ve done.”
Your husband’s directive was that it was fine to use the full 1920s decade for sartorial reference but that he didn’t want it filled with “feather boas and strands of swinging pearls.” He wanted it relevant to today.
Baz wanted to reflect a New York that was discovered through [novelist F. Scott] Fitzgerald’s eyes, and the New York of the 1920s wasn’t a nostalgic place, it was a place that wholeheartedly looked to the future. We look back on the black-and-white photos of that era, and because we see them as our grandfather’s and grandmother’s era there’s a certain nostalgia about it. But, in reality, it was a social and sexual revolution. Enormous social and economic shift. He wanted me to reflect this in terms of the women’s clothes. You have to remember, women up until just that moment were living a Victorian lifestyle. They were wearing ankle-length dresses, and by 1922 there were no more corsets and virtually no underwear under their dresses; it was shockingly revolutionary.

Women like to feel sexy; pure and simple

Of course when a woman is dating a man, particularly at the very beginning of the relationship, she’s bound to have a vast selection of sexy nightwear to choose from. But even single women like to feel sexy, and bedtime is one of those times where to some, feeling sexy is very important. Sexy nightwear is the perfect way to make this happen.

No I’m not implying that this is an everyday thing, because let’s be honest, we all at some point just want to throw on the sweats and the baggy t-shirts and just cuddle up in bed. But for the other times, when sexy nightwear seems to be the way to go, you should know that there are no shortages in options when it comes to nighttime lingerie.

If you are someone who has never really worn sexy nightwear or sexy lingerie in general, the choices can be overwhelming. If you’re on the shy side, or just would like to peruse your options without being hassled by the sales ladies, then shopping online might be where you want to start. The lingerie stores online are usually separated into categories of lingerie like sexy nightwear, corsets, bustiers, bra and panty sets, bridal lingerie, stockings, you get the drift. Familiarize yourself with the many options and think about what you would be comfortable in and what would make you feel you’re sexiest. Continue reading