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Showing posts with label Colleen Atwood. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Colleen Atwood. Show all posts

Monday, February 28, 2011

Designer Colleen Atwood Wins Oscar

The nominees for best costume design created a variety of looks, including nineteenth century western apparel and avant-garde Elizabethan garb. Let's meet the five women who made the cut for this year's Costume Design category.

'Alice in Wonderland': Designer Colleen Atwood, who has worked with director Tim Burton on seven previous films including 'Big Fish' and 'Sweeney Todd,' wanted to make the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) look like he was a real hat maker from the Edwardian era.

The actor was dressed in 'playful but still traditional' garb, which included a custom hat made from imported Italian leather woven with gold threads that was sized to fit his fluffy orange wig. 'He's a real person with a great amount of heart in the story, so to have him running around in something that distracted from that would have been a mistake,” Atwood told WWD.

Read more: NY Daily News 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Costume Designers in the spotlight

At FIDM's preview of "The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design," two-time Academy Award-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood said Johnny Depp wanted his Mad Hatter costume to capture the flavor of a mood ring. So she layered his topcoat with multiple colors of silk.

Standing beside her costume from "Alice in Wonderland," Atwood said the challenges of designing for Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter included the changing sizes of the characters. "Alice shrinks and grows, and Helena's big head made her neck look as thick as a thigh," Atwood said, adding that she solved that problem by creating a collar to narrow the appearance of Bonham Carter's neck.
Some Costumes on Display (FIDM)
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