HAPPY HALLOWEEN everyone! As this great fall event comes to a close I'd like to share my Halloween costume this year as the Great Gatsby's Daisy Buchanan. To prepare for the release of Baz Luhrmann's rendition of this classic Fitzgerald story (coming out summer 2013), I thought dressing up as one of its complex characters is the best way to celebrate it. Not only do I love this 1922 novel, but I also love the style of the 20s (along with the 50s and 60s) and the costume design of the 1974 movie, starring Mia Farrow, and the collaborative genius of costume designer Catherine Martin and Miuccia Prada for the 2013 film. Instead of taking the predictable 1920s flapper route and buying a fringe dress in a bag from the costume store, I've decided from the very beginning to create this costume from scratch and make it as accurate as possible. I found this incredible dress with this intricate embroidery and sequin detail which was not as low waisted as I had hope (to stay true to the 20s fashion) but it worked perfectly for the occasion. Once I found the dress the accessories came easy: elbow length white gloves, pearls + pearls + more pearls (a gorgeous pearl necklace with the crystal bow), feather boa, and an amazing headpiece find which consisted of this amazing crystal pattern and feathers. PERFECT! I just added a classic red pout and gold heels and viola! I was instantly transformed into Daisy Buchanan and into the Jazz Age. To complete the costume I tried to play the part and say superficial things all night and made my voice sound like money..
|1974 Great Gatsby|