With the release of the Baz Luhrman’s version just around the corner, the Gatsby buzz is everywhere! But who can forget the beauty of the 1974 film starring Mia Farrow and Robert Redford, with its gorgeous scenery and fabulous 1920s fashions? Below is some trivia about Francis Ford Coppola’s version of this great American classic:
•Truman Capote was the first screenwriter for the film. But his draft included making characters Nick Carraway a homosexual and Jordan Baker a lesbian. He was fired and Coppola ended up rewriting the screenplay in three weeks.
•Ali MacGraw was originally promised the role of Daisy Buchanan by her producer husband Robert Evans. But when she left him for her co-star Steve McQueen, she lost the role.
• Other stars who were rumored to be considered for the role were Candice Bergen, Natalie Wood, Fay Dunaway and Cybil Shepard.
Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post
•When F. Scott Fitzgerald’s daughter spotted Mia Farrow on the set of the movie she was quoted as saying, “The New England summer sun was hitting her face under this lilac chiffon hat and she looked just like my father’s Daisy Buchanan should look .”
•Marlon Brando turned down the role of Jay Gatsby because producers wouldn’t meet his salary demands. And Warren Beatty lost the part to Robert Redford.
Daisy’s fabulous flapper fashions – Vogue December 1973
•Ralph Lauren assisted costume designer Theoni Aldredge with the film’s wardrobe. Three time Tony award winner, Aldredge, produced hundreds of costumes for the film in two weeks time and also incorporated authentic 1920s dresses. She won an Academy Award for her work on the film, but failed to mention Ralph Lauren’s name during the ceremonies because she was a bit miffed over the fact that he had been trying to take credit for the designing of Robert Redford’s clothes himself.
•The popular 20s fashions from the movie inspired a clothing line that was available at Bloomingdale’s.
•Art deco jewelry supplied by Cartier was used in the movie and it is rumored that the producers purchased over 5 million dollars worth of the baubles worn by Mia Farrow and Lois Chiles .
Mia Farrow in romantic 20s attire. Great Gatsby 1974.
Mia Farrow and her fab flapper look. Great Gatsby 1974.
•A Gastby-inspired line of sportswear, whiskey, beauty products and even cookware were introduced around the 1974 premiere. The Paramount Promotion Director at the the time said “The idea is to Gatsbyize the entire country.”
Ballantine’s Scotch Ad – 1974
…and Gatsbyized we are once again! Can’t wait to see the new version – out this Friday , May 10th.
And if you’re inspired by these fashion looks from the 1920s, then please check out the lovely beaded flapper dresses and romantic 20s inspired party dresses on the Blue Velvet Vintage website. We’ve got what you need to get your Gatsby on in style!
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