Carey Mulligan showcases the finest flapper fashion for her Vogue cover shoot
The actress appears in the highly-anticipated Baz Luhrmann film The Great Gatsby and appears on the cover of US Vogue in clothes from the era.
In the accompanying behind-the-scenes video of her shoot, Carey poses as her character Daisy Buchanan, wearing items such as a ‘20s-esque cap, dazzling diamonds and opulent pearl string necklaces.
Carey shared her encyclopaedic knowledge of the fashion from The Great Gatsby era and how the Miuccia Prada-designed costumes in the film were period-appropriate while still being modern.
“If you think about it in terms of the neckline on dresses — strapless, one-shouldered, V-neck — whatever necklines you want to talk about, they had in the 1920s,” Carey explained in the video. “They had every silhouette of dress, from Erté, long and languid; the beginning of the bias cut; the robe de style, which was much more like the Dior New Look, with a slim bodice and a big skirt; the shift dress; the jersey dress; the shirt-maker dress - all those styles were invented in that period, or else they were synthesised and made modern.”
Director Baz's wife Catherine Martin was the costume designer on the set of the film. The Oscar winner was previously recognised for her work on the Moulin Rouge! wardrobe and created 40 awe-inspiring looks in collaboration with Prada for The Great Gatsby.
These included Carey's show-stopping party dress which is inspired by a look from Prada’s spring 2010 collection.
The shimmering chandelier of a frock is made from crystal drops connected by a net of metal rings.
“Baz really felt very strongly that the book’s nature was quintessentially modern, that the twenties was the time when everybody came to grips with the twentieth century,” Catherine explained about the history of the designs. “It was out of the late-Edwardian summer; you have this incredibly dynamic shift where you have people earning a few dollars a week before the war suddenly getting $100 a week; you have women in the workforce in America for the first time."
As Daisy, Carey portrays a woman whose voice “is full of money", as American author F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote in his book.
To illustrate this Carey models gowns such as an Alexander McQueen ostrich feather dress with chiffon-covered pearls, a Chanel Haute Couture sequined dress and a Chanel Haute Couture chiffon, feather, and tulle dress with flouncing open shoulders.
Even her accessories are elaborate and include jewelled headpieces like a ‘20s headband from New York Vintage.
“It’s like she’s living in a movie of her own life,” Carey explained about Daisy. “She’s constantly on show.”