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Old 04-24-2022, 06:31 AM
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Post Colleen Atwood on styling 'Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore' lead actors

In two different interviews, Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood discussed some of the latest fashions in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, including those of Dumbledore, Grindelwald, Jacob, and some of the leading ladies.

Atwood spoke to Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine about dressing up Jude Law and Mads Mikkelsen as Dumbledore and Grindelwald, respectively:

At first glance, their clothing designs reveal a lot about a film character - when Jude Law as the magician Dumbledore and Mads Mikkelsen as his opponent Grindelwald sit opposite each other in a café, Law in warm light grey, Mikkelsen in dark anthracite tones. The colors connect the two, but also show that they now represent opposite positions. How do you develop such schemes?
Colleen Atwood:
The late Dumbledore was always very fond of dark purple tones, I wanted to avoid that. So I looked for an inviting color for the character and found it in this soft gray which I emphasized with luxurious fabrics like cashmere. Jude Law should feel comfortable in it and at the same time radiate the impression of simple elegance. And when I give him ties and those little accessories, I like to go into the teal to accentuate his eyes a little more. But that's not a design trick to underline the movie character, I just want to emphasize the beauty of this man.

And for Mikkelsen?
I was interested in him as a reference to a picture by Gustave Moreau that I filed in one of my sketchbooks: a young man in an elegant coat who exudes something statesmanlike. I used this image to make him more approachable. You also have to work with him and focus on that succinct face. And Mads Mikkelsen is a very physical actor, he works a lot with precise, deliberate movements in his acting. Accordingly, the costume had to offer such freedom of movement without degenerating into flapping.
Atwood also chatted with the film Academy - the organization behind the Oscars - about some of the challenges that COVID brought up, including redoing some designs for actresses Alison Sudol (Queenie) and Victoria Yeates (Bunty) who returned to the fall 2020 restart of production pregnant.

On Queenie's darker outfits when working with Grindelwald, and final wedding dress:

This [sketch] is where I started with her Grindelwald uniform. It's a severe version of the '30s style, a fashion-y, hard, kind of Fascist version of the soft colors that she wore before. This is her more serious, somber look. I didn't want to do, 'Oh, well, she's dark -- so she's going to wear black.' I wanted it to still have a richness to it and something that reflected power, but in a different, moodier way. [In previous movies,] she was in roses a lot, so I used dark red here. I took the colors that I used for her and plugged them into her, but in the deepest range of that color.
I did research the period for weddings and fabrics, and I was like, 'Those just don't feel right for her.' It was a lot of heavy satin and stuff like that, and I felt like she should have something that was light and caught the air. My influences were maybe all over the place, really, but that's how I ended up in the layers of organza and chiffon that it ended up being. At one point, she was going to have butterflies on her dress that were animated. So, she was going to be surrounded by all these butterflies. That didn't really happen, but it gave me the idea of making the sleeves these big '30s sleeves and having a train that isn't just a train of heavy satin -- it's alive.

On Jessica Williams' colorful look as Professor Lally Hicks:

I felt like Lally was full of life, full of fire, and so we came upon these heightened, sort of African reds and oranges and those kinds of colors. I found a tweed to make her suit that she wears for most of the movie. I liked her to be as powerful as the guys -- but I didn't want her to wear pants -- so we sort of came upon a suit silhouette that was still feminine.
More highlights on Jacob Kowalski's outfits as well as Dumbledore's can be found here.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is the newest adventure in the Wizarding World™ created by J.K. Rowling.

Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers. But with the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore remain on the sidelines?

The film features an ensemble cast, including Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), two-time Oscar nominee Jude Law (“Cold Mountain,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley”), Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, William Nadylam, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams, Victoria Yeates, Poppy Corby-Tuech, Fiona Glascott, Katherine Waterston, Maria Fernanda Cândido, Richard Coyle, Oliver Masucci, Valerie Pachner, Aleksandr Kuznetsov, and Mads Mikkelsen.
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