But Martin had difficulty getting into Daisy at first, bred to be a hothouse flower and a vivacious trophy wife. "You realize that Daisy is not a fool and understands that this life is completely empty. But there is nothing else. She's a careless person because she has no other skills; she has not been prepared to live a life other than a gilded bird in a cage."
For the designer, the nervous reunion between Gatsby and Daisy over tea at Nick's cottage is her favorite moment but was also the most nerve wracking. That's because it was the first scene they shot."Are there too many flowers? Are there not enough? Is the set too small? Is this lavender dress going to work?"
It's an uncomfortable romantic triangle and provides Gatsby's most vulnerable moment when he reverts to being a scared child again. "I don't think he ever grows up -- he's trapped in his childish hope," Martin offers. "He's never gone beyond who he was. Someone said something very intelligent the other day: 'Gatsby is the result of his 17-year-old imagination.'"
But making the movie has made Martin see her own Gatsby-like qualities in the sense that she too believes in the green light. "That's one of the things that draws me to the story and possibly Baz too," she reveals."Both of us are romantics in that late 18th century, early 19th century way, which is we love the adventure of the story, the ephemeral, insane idea becoming a reality in moviemaking or anything. And we do believe in optimism and hope and in celebrating the human condition. It's the green light that keeps you going and keeps you moving forward because it's an unattainable romantic goal."
And therein lies the lasting appeal of "Gatsby."