The TV series “Wednesday” has been a hot topic of conversation for the past few weeks since its premiere on Netflix at the end of November. One of the factors that make viewers excited is the character costumes, especially the moment. when Wednesday wore an Alaïa dress and gave birth to a “viral” dance at The Rave’N prom.
Exclusive interview with “Wednesday” designer colleen Atwood: “I always delve into the world of the character before creating”
Beautiful had an exclusive interview with Colleen Atwood, the man behind the costumes for each character on Wednesday. She has had 4 Oscars with 12 nominations and is a longtime collaborator with talented director Tim Burton. Some of the famous movies she took on the costume part of include ” Edward Scissorhands”, ” The Silence of the Lambs”, ” Alice in Wonderland”, ” Fantastic Beasts”, “Snow White and the Huntsman”,…
Each outfit has its own meaning to me. But if I had to choose, it would be Wednesday’s Nevermore school uniform. She has a specially tailored uniform with gray and black tones because this character is allergic to colors. The artistic details on it are all done by hand. We painted, colored, and silkscreened all the stripes to make the outfit softer.
This is an interesting creative process. This uniform separates Wednesday from the other Nevermore students, but she still belongs in this world.
Tim Burton and I had to talk constantly before we started. Tim is also a person who loves to draw and is able to convey his ideas extremely clearly and in detail. Moreover, we have collaborated on many projects, and understand each other very well, so no change is too unexpected.
However, at first, I wanted to design my own vintage-inspired evening gown for the Rave’N school dance, but then I decided to buy the dress from Alaïa on Bond Street, London. I tweaked the top a bit to make it easier for Jenna to dance, and also minimized the frills because of her small figure. As a result, when moved, the fabric floats, smooth, true to the fun, whimsical spirit of the dance.
The characters of the Addams Family are very popular and have a distinctive look, derived from the comic strips of Charles Addams. We can be creative within the framework because the script and story of this series are more modern, but still, need to respect the original. The worlds of Nevermore and Jericho might be real, but it’s a bit different when viewed through the protagonist’s lens, so we can get a lot more creative. This is both a challenge and an opportunity for me.
Morticia’s dress made me think. She is what we call “one-er” because she only wears one outfit on screen. I had to try on a number of materials on the dress – from leather to satin, and a few others, but I went back to jersey (a lightweight knit fabric) because of its weight, which can easily be pleated, and create the desired dress.
Each character I design has a different appearance and personality, so my inspiration is always overflowing. But since most of the characters I design are fictitious, I often imagine if they were real people, what would they be like?
I dived into their world, found out what their stories and inspirations were, and got to work creating. I then consulted with Tim about the design and the fabrics I plan to use. Finally, I worked directly with the actors and other designers on the project to come up with an overall picture.
When Jenna and Emma (playing Enid) try on outfits side by side. A person wearing colorful clothes with the seven colors of the rainbow. Another person uses only black and white tones. So when the two stand next to each other, it creates a contrasting, eye-catching picture.
For Principal Weems, I draw inspiration from the fashion scene of the 60s, especially the image of Tippi Hedren in Hitchcock’s The Birds. She only wears long, discreet coats with neutral colors, classic style to accentuate her red lips, and brilliantly blonde hair.
For Christina Ricci’s character Marilyn Thornhill, I drew inspiration from the plant world. I’ve been looking for outfits that are green. Thornhill has a range of quirky vintages interwoven with new… her style is a bit childish but in a scary way.
I always imagined Thing as the guy in the tuxedo. But Thing also loves reading fashion magazines and applying lotion (laughs). So who knows, maybe the dress with the hat would be better? Anything is possible.
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