Four days ago Vogue released sketches from Prada relating to The Great Gatsby (2013). I commented on the occasional issues when fashion designers collaborate with costume designers. Particularly for The Great Gatsby where Prada provided over 40 costumes. Entertainment Weekly have just released an interview with Catherine Martin (Baz Luhrmann’s wife and the costume designer for The Great Gatsby) where it is stated that Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan wears only one Prada dress – the dress worn at Gatsby’s party and shown in some of the first photos released of the film. Prada’s dresses are worn to costume a number of the extras so they are still complimenting the look of the film but all of Daisy’s other costumes were designed by Martin and made by a workshop in Australia. Martin’s other collaborations within The Great Gatsby are Brooks Brothers (helping with the suits for the principal males) and Tiffany & Co. for the jewellery.
Needless to say, Vogue, who announced Prada’s involvement and released the design sketches, have not commented on any of this. Happy to imply Prada’s full involvement but not refer to this recent ‘development’. The Black Swan (2010) controversy was inflamed by Vogue’s interview with the film’s “designers” Rodarte but when Amy Westcott spoke out about their involvement Vogue did mention this. Maybe because Martin has been mentioned in the Prada Great Gatsby discussions and the aim is clearly not to incite arguments that this slight acknowledgement has been overlooked.