The costume designer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Colleen Atwood, gave an interview to Vanity Fair about the process of creating the costumes for the film’s main cast.
According to Atwood, her biggest challenge was creating Newt Scamander’s (Eddie Redmayne) look. Because “he was really the new face of the film”, and her choice would be in evidence for years to come. Besides, the film doesn’t have a lot of costume changes, “so the costume for Newt has to say who he is very quickly, because you can’t evolve their character through costume changes like you normally would do”, as she said to Vanity Fair.
“He had to be able to get up and down off the ground quickly and do a lot of things in the coat,” explained Atwood “I felt like he was a bird or one of his fantastical beasts. I wanted him to look regular in the world to pass, but also to be exceptional in a sort of subtle way”.
In total, Atwood estimates she created over a thousand costumes for the feature, collecting items from Italy, Los Angeles, New York, England, France, and others.
You can read the full interview on Vanity Fair’s website.
News translated by Beatriz Souza