and Paul Chi
May 27, 2013 12:00 PM


The Great Gatsby’s costume designer Catherine Martin set out to stay true to 1920s fashion and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book, but with a modern feel. “We wanted the clothes to be visceral and sexy,” she says. “We did not want a nostalgic New York with people twirling their feather boas or looking like gangsters.” The wife of director Baz Luhrmann created about 2,000 looks for the cast and extras. “The clothes these characters wore still appeal,” she says. “It’s the first period where we could draw parallels to today.”

Martin says DiCaprio was startled by the hue of this linen suit. “He said, ‘I have to wear a pink suit?’ I said, ‘You’ve read the book. Of course you do!’ ”

Carey Mulligan’s fluttery white dress with hand-sewn silk organza petals was created “to look like she was flying around the room.”

The silk velvet evening gown worn by Debicki features a crystal diamanté embroidered jewel neckpiece and belt.

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