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Whether you've seen the movie a dozen times or perused lots of Gatsby-focused tumblr pages, you're probably already well-acquainted with memorable elements like Jay Gatsby's pale pink suit, his splendid sea of pastel shirts and the architecture of his manse (French-influenced Rosecliff, in real life). But there are other wonderful things -- some very humble. It's all about natural light, summer heat, and a 1970s appreciation of the 1920s. Let's review:
There's the mound of daisies springing up out of an urn in the Buchanan garden.
[Image of white wicker, below, via Sue Balmforth.]
Faded grandeur appears with needlework daisies on antique French chairs...
and there are scrapbooks and sterling silver picture frames and of course full garden roses everywhere.
To learn about the book jacket design for Fitzgerald's novel, see this past post. More on a terrific Zelda bio from the 70s here.
[Scott and Zelda in North Africa, 1930.]