Joel Edgerton talks Great Gatsby wardrobe

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Joel Edgerton has opened up about his best fashion moments in The Great Gatsby.The Australian actor stars as Tom Buchanan in the hotly-anticipated film adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel.

Joel’s costumes were so elaborate, the design detail even extended to the lining of Tom’s jacket.

‘There’s a Skull and Bones insignia sewn into it that may not even be visible,’ Joel told Empire magazine. The Skull and Bones is a secret Yale University society that Joel’s domineering character had been a member of.

Director Baz Luhrmann’s wife Catherine Martin was the costume designer on the film, which also stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role of Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as Daisy, Tom’s wife and Jay’s love interest. Working from Baz’s ‘bible’ of period references including Harold Lloyd box sets, F. W. Murnau and Raoul Walsh flicks, Catherine tracked down a series of terrific suits for Joel and Leo’s characters.

‘I also went through Brooks Brothers’ archives to find out about Gatsby’s suits,’ she said.

Catherine also delved into Tiffany & Co.’s archives as part of her research of the Roaring Twenties. Clients of the iconic New York jeweller included real-life Daisy Buchanan, as well as Fitzgerald himself.

‘We didn’t want a nostalgic 1920s. We wanted a modern 1920s,’ Catherine told press at the unveiling of the collection in New York last week. ‘So there had to be a sensibility about history, but there also had to be an actuality about it. And I think that’s why Tiffanys just felt so right. Because there’s a sense of history, but also a modern company moving toward the future.’

Jewellery pieces of note include a Savoy jewelled headband worth more than $100,000 and a 3.25-carat diamond flower ring worth more than $875,000, both worn by Carey.

The Great Gatsby hits screens from May.


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