A LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES INTO THE STAND'S COSTUME DESIGN:
My costume design for Stephen King's "The Stand" was to convey two very different worlds that evolved as a result of a catastrophic pandemic.
We have followers under our two main figures, Mother Abagail (Whoopi Goldberg), the spiritual voice for good, and Randall Flagg (Alexander Skarsgard), representing evil. In Mother Abagail's world, our survivors come together to establish a new utopian community. The basic look was practical, protective, realistic. Flagg's world catered to power and terror. The look was a cathedral composed of images of wild, lustful debauchery.
It was crucial to stay true to King's book, which was written in the 70s while modernizing the outfits to fit into today's world. We created extensive visual boards to map out each character’s timeline and personal journey. I worked closely with the cast to develop their signature looks.
Flagg is seen in the iconic all-American denim look. My inspiration was vintage Wrangler. We drew upon vintage and contemporary pieces which were brought in from Las Vegas and Los Angeles, then layered with our own custom-built pieces. This produced a bold, vibrant, stylistic look. The fit was close to the body allowing his sexuality to emerge. The look was completed with a symbolic hand-crafted gold and ruby encrusted scorpion belt buckle. Many layers of aging and overdyes enriched Flagg’s denim tuxedo to reflect his mysterious dark side.
For Mother Abagail’s world, I drew upon biblical images and different tones of blue and textures, to give her a spiritual essence of a higher power. Linen and natural cotton were used to form the base of her custom-built garments. I used asymmetrical lines and antique pleating seen in all of her dream sequences to keep the silhouette timeless. A depiction of the Holy Madonna was presented to the viewers.
Contemporary clothing was enhanced with subtle nuances. Nadine and young Nadine are both seduced by Flagg, in their innocent white virginal nightgowns. Stu encounters a ray of hope when he first sees a glimpse of Glen Bateman in his vivid yellow rain slicker. A juxtaposition is introduced, when we meet Nick Andros and Tom Cullen for the first time. We see a flash memory with Heck that focuses on his elaborate wardrobe giving the audience a taste of what is to come.
Nick is a badly beaten tattered hobo, covered in layers of dirt and blood from his night before the ordeal. Nick opens his eyes to meet a friendly giant Tom Cullen, childlike, dressed in simple primary colors with his crisp boyish shorts and his security blanket “Dolly Parton” t-shirt.
Many skilled costumers were involved in creating custom leather makers, beaders, in-house tailors, dyers, breakdown artists and milliners.
Designing the costumes for "The Stand" was a dream!
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