Great Gatsby hairstylist talks fringes and Frizz Ease

Kerry Warn, the film’s hair designer, reveals all

True to Director Baz Luhrman’s style, The Great Gatsby is a visual feast that brings modern elements to a great American classic story. While the hair designer Kerry Warn told Fashionista.com that, ‘we absolutely respected the period. The 1920’s were so modern at the time and have had such a powerful influence on fashion’ he admits they did mix the old with the new. For instance, Daisy Buchanan’s 1920s bob was brought a little more up-to-date with a softer fringe, rather than the severe Louise Brooks-esque blunt cut that would have been popular at the time.

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The problems Warn and his team faced weren't just about sensitively approaching the 1920s styles in a modern way. ‘The biggest challenge was definitely getting 300-400 extras looking camera ready in hair and make-up in time!’ Warn said. ‘I have a fantastic team working with me that I owe a lot of credit to that kept everything looking the way it should look’.

The other issue was that unlike Carey Mulligan, who cut her hair for the role, many of the extras wore wigs. And those hairpieces had to be just the right colour, ‘we had to respect that in the 20?s there were no highlights or bleached blondes’ notes Warn.

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John Frieda provided all the styling products for the film. The most in demand? Hairspray and Frizz Ease Curl Controller, used to set numerous finger waves. The dancers had to perform cartwheels and the hair couldn’t move during filming.

The final challenge was the 3D filming, ‘With 3D you have to be so careful about stray hairs’. Who knew?

Despite all the challenges Warn said, 'The thing I loved the most was having the opportunity to work with Baz and Catherine [Martin - the make-up artist],' he said. 'They are such a wonderful creative force.'

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