A very special sartorial treat this morning comes via Brooks Brothers, who have just released the first pictures of Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby wearing costumes designed by the brand in collaboration with the The Great Gatsbys costume designer, Catherine Martin.
DiCaprio takes over from Robert Redford in reprising the role of F. Scott Fitzgeralds mysteriously aloof Gatsby, the role that was first made famous by Robert Redford in 1974. He appears in the images alongside co-stars Tobey Maguire (Nick Carraway) and Australian Joel Edgerton (Tom Buchannan), all of whom wear authentic recreations of original Twenties tuxedoes, suits and sports coats.
As the official mens costumier in Baz Lurhmans £80 million adaptation, which is due out later this year, Brooks Brothers worked closely with the films two-time Academy Award-winning costume and production designer, Martin (Bazs wife, incidentally), to produce an impressive number of costumes - more than 500 evening and day ensembles as costumes for the male principal and background casts alone.
Fitzgerald was a Brooks Brothers customer. It is this most basic and fundamental connection that has made our collaboration so authentic. Brooks Brothers is mentioned numerous times in Fitzgeralds writings as a representation of the ultimate gentlemans purveyor of fine clothing to the American man of distinction, says Catherine. Over the years, Brooks Brothers has also defined the collegiate style the preppy look which was so close to F. Scott Fitzgeralds Princeton heart. The same look was described in The Great Gatsby by narrator, Nick Carraway, as his look of choice the first time he visits Gatsbys mansion for one of his neighbours 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 didnt know though here and there was a face I had noticed on the commuting train. F More