Directors and designers share inspiration and impact of fashion in their films. (Interviewer: Mignon Gould)
For period pieces, I go to fashion and costume libraries, looking up old media and illustrations, and going to museums to see the clothes themselves. Inspiration is everywhere.
You want the character to be the focus, not the clothes. On a movie like ‘Transformers" it has to be fashionable, clean, a great look–and the actors look fantastic.
The costumes help transport you to that era and time and especially in this film where everyone knows many of Jackie’s iconic outfits.
I wanted to use British designers because I wanted to champion British fashion. I do think it’s extraordinary, the fashion we have here, it’s very atypical. We’re quite quirky and eclectic.
I created replicas of dresses I had designed for Princess Diana...that are Diana-esque. The type of things she would have preferred.
I wish they had a credit at the end of every runway show, where everyone would be acknowledged, like in a film, but fashion is different.
I won’t tell you it will be a fashion movie, but it will involve very well-dressed people for sure.
When you’re working with a director and you’re trying to interpret his vision...inspiration is always how the director envisions telling a story and your job is to help support that telling.
[Fukunaga] said it would be great if when you’re designing for Jane Eyre, think of the surroundings and reflect the buildings she’s living in.
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