Friday Fun: Brooks Brothers, Tiffany & Gatsby

Hello-Hello, happy almost-weekend.  Today we thought a good dose of Friday Fun was in order.

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We begin with a look at some of the remarkable costumes in the upcoming Great Gatsby film. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire plays narrator Nick Carraway.  The project remains on track for a Christmas release.

© 2011 Bazmark Film III Pty Limited/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

It turns out the men are wearing costumes by Brooks Brothers. In fact, Brooks has made more than 500 ensembles for the movie, working with Academy Award-winning designer Catherine Martin, she made ample use of the company’s archives in creating the designs.

Brooks Brothers Archives via Women’s Wear Daily

More from The Hollywood Reporter:

The leading men’s looks in the 3D version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary classic include everything from formal tuxes and three-piece check suits to striped bow ties and oxford shoes.

Warner Brothers via Brooks Brothers

Women’s Wear Daily points out the company has made “…some 1,700 pieces, including neckwear, accessories and shoes —  for the cast and extras.”  In addition to Brooks storied reputation as America’s oldest retailer, there’s another reason the firm was such a good fit for the costumes, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a customer. Back to the WWD story, quoting Catherine Martin:

“Brooks Brothers is mentioned several times in Fitzgerald’s writings as a representation of the ultimate gentleman’s purveyor of fine clothing to the American man of distinction.

“It was this most basic and fundamental connection that has made our collaboration so authentic,” she said.”

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According to the WWD article Ms. Martin noted that Brooks “has also defined the collegiate style — the preppy look — which was so close to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Princeton heart.”

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The designer continued:

 The same look was described in ‘The Great Gatsby’ by narrator Nick Carraway as his look of choice the first time he visits Gatsby’s mansion for one of his neighbor’s extraordinary parties: ‘Dressed up in white flannels I went over to his lawn a little after seven, and wandered around rather ill at-ease among swirls and eddies of people I didn’t know — though here and there was a face I had noticed on the commuting train.’

Via Buzz Sugar

“Swirls and eddies of people I didn’t know…” is just one line demonstrating why so many of us love this book. Bliss on paper.

We still don’t know who has done the ladies costumes, including those for Carey Mulligan, the actress plays Daisy Buchanan.

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But we do know that Tiffany did jewelry, pieces for the interior sets, along with other items like china and sterling flatware.

Warner Bros. via Raymond Lee Jewelers

Ms. Martin’s decision to use Tiffany echoes her sentiments in going with Brooks Brothers:

“… (Martin) was drawn to the jeweler because F. Scott Fitzgerald himself was a Tiffany & Co. customer and Louis Comfort Tiffany, the brand’s first design director, ran with the Long Island social circles portrayed in the story.

Costumes for the 1974 movie starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow were done by Ralph Lauren.

Via Netrobe

I don’t know, Leo….Robert.  Brooks Brothers….Ralph Lauren.

Deep thoughts for a Friday. (Heh-Heh-Heh.) If you’ve not yet seen the trailer, click here for 2-1/2 minutes of lush, luxurious Baz Luhrmann beauty.

May your weekend be warm and wonderful!

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10 responses to “Friday Fun: Brooks Brothers, Tiffany & Gatsby

  1. Meg

    Loved this post! The Great Gatsby is my favorite book, I am so excited for the movie to come out. I think Leo will make an interesting Gatsby. I love the idea of Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, that was a fantastic casting choice. I will have to revisit the first film, as much as I love the Great Gatsby and Robert Redford, I always fall asleep trying to watch it.

  2. Robert and Ralph Lauren definitely for style, Leo and Brooks Brothers for substance.

  3. complicatedfabulous

    This is one of my favorite books too! I love that the costumes and jewelry are authentic to the book and to Fitzgerald’s own tastes. I think Leonardo DiCaprio is really going to shine in this film.

  4. I am very exited for this movie. My sister and I used to try to cast our own version of a remake long before we heard they were doing it. The 3-D part scares me a bit, but even if its horrible, the costumes and jewelry (and sets!) will be gorgeous.

  5. Princess,
    I am beyond excited about this. Like almost too excited! lol:) This is one of my favorite books!

  6. Little Red

    Art Deco beauty! Amitabh Bachchan! Gorgeous clothes and jewelry! I’m so there.

  7. I can’t wait to see the movie!

  8. Pink&Grn4Ever

    Thank you, Princess for making that film clip possible! That’s one of the fantastic attributes of your blog that separate the cashmere from the merino: you always include exactly what you’re blogging about by linking us to another site or providing great photos. And your sources! You get the inside on it all! So fun! So hooray for Hollywood! It’s been too long for an American gorgeous movie featuring the authentic work of the finest clothing of the era especially given the special circumstances of the author shopping there in that era. How can one not prefer originals over replicas? Not to say, Mr. Lauren did not capture the spirit of the era.The idea Brooks Bros. is creating new pieces is really exciting, I hope they do some things for women: they’re always cheating us but improving all the time! The purple v-neck floral
    silk dress on the cover of the Easter catalog was sold out across the nation in on a few days according to the manager I spoke to in Palm Beach and New York.
    I’m downloading the book to re-read before the movie comes out again. Just reading those few lines The Princess quoted were very intriguing and a bit seductive; I was there I could picture it precisely. Even Mr. DiCaprio. He looks particularly handsome when his hair has been slicked back. It’ll be fun to come back and compare notes when we’ve all seen it.

  9. The Great Gatsby is one of my all time faves…never gets old to read or watch! Cannot wait for the movie…know its going to be fabulous!

  10. “Gatsby” is, naturally, one of my all-time favorite books, perhaps *the* favorite. In the movie of my mind, Redford is always & forever Gatsby, that golden child of imagination, but I’m willing to give Leo & Brooks Brothers a go. I second the commenter above that Maguire is a solid choice for Nick; not my first guess, perhaps, but he has that quiet watchfulness about him that works for the part.

    That being said, I clutched my pearls at the “3D” bit . . . really?

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