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By Rebecca McRitchie


After a much-anticipated wait, The Great Gatsby kicked off it’s star-studded premiere in Sydney last night, and we were absolutely thrilled to be in attendance.

Although besieged by the rain, and absent of the suave presence of Leonardo DiCaprio, the cast and invited guests turned out in droves.

For one night, Fox Studios was transformed into a lavish Jazz Age arena where flappers danced the Charleston, champagne towers bubbled and brimmed with Moet & Chandon, Gatsby-esque box hedges and stunning floral arrangements lined the red carpet.

The first to arrive were the couple of the night, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin.

Graciously taking photos with fans, the two joked about the weather and commented on the magnificent alchemy that occurred while designing the costumes for The Great Gatsby.

“I think that Carey Mulligan as Daisy is absolutely extraordinary,” Martin gushed. “She brought a dimension and a detailed characterisation that through a workshopping process actually allowed me to find who she might be in the clothes.”

Relatively rain-soaked, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton arrived soon after in dapper suits, as well as the resplendent new Aussie talent, Elizabeth Debicki, who wore Dior. But it was the graceful Carey Mulligan who lit up the red carpet in a Nina Ricci corset and Lanvin pants.

Despite the weather, the glamorous Sydney premiere of The Great Gatsby proved to be a party even Jay Gatsby would be proud of.

The Great Gatsby opens in Australia on May 30th.

Photography by Celeste Hulme.

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