Baz Luhrmann does not play with the costumes of his films. For proof, look no further than the director on the ultra-glamorous Roaring Twenties wardrobe featured in Gatsby the magnificent (2013), which earned the film an Academy Award for Best Costume Design. As was the case with Leonardo DiCaprio’s wardrobe in Romeo + Juliet (1996), they came courtesy of costume designer Catherine Martin and Prada and designer Miu Miu Miuccia Prada. And since fashion was always going to be one of the most exciting parts of her last film, Elvis, it was only natural for the trio to come together. Ms. Prada – who was also behind the main cast’s 2022 Met Gala red carpet looks – confirmed their latest collaboration on Friday, sharing a look at some of the very 60s and 70s ensembles that Austin Butler and Olivia DeJonge , who play Elvis and Priscilla Presley, respectively, wear in the film.
Ms. Prada began by delving into both Presley’s personal style in real life and her own archives, which are full of references to 20th-century fashion. Some sets, like the tweed dress, mohair sweater and suede jacket that Priscilla wore on her husband’s 1968 NBC special, are Ms. Prada’s reimaginings of the looks the pair wore in real life. . But for the most part, the wardrobe is made up of models that the home described as “an expression of the DNAs” of Prada and Miu Miu.
Ms. Prada and Martin seem to have placed particular emphasis not on the main character of the film, but on his wife. “The beauty and iconic style of Priscilla Presley have left an indelible mark on contemporary culture,” Martin said in a press release. “As a result, it was important to Baz and I that we stayed true to that legacy by not only emulating Ms. Presley’s actual clothing, but finding a modern way to connect audiences to her distinctive and historic style.” The end result: ensembles like a groovy dress worn with high boots, a beaded top worn with brocade pants inspired by what Priscilla wore to one of Elvis’ concerts in Las Vegas, and a printed orange skirt suit.
From what we’ve seen so far, including the sketches below teasing what else is in store, it looks like Martin better start planning his next acceptance speech. Oscars.