We've always been super curious into what goes behind the costumes of Hollywood's hottest films, which makes our EXCLUSIVE with two-time Academy Award nominated costume designer, Ruth Carter, that much sweeter.
She's currently been working on Spike Lee's newest film, Oldboy. And yes, that means she's most recently worked with Elizabeth Olsen!
Luckily for us, Ruth shared some deets on working with the 24-year-old and then some!!
Get the goods …AFTER THE JUMP!!!
She divulged on the difference between designing for males and females:
"It all depends on the role. I've had easy actors both male and female as well as more challenging actors. Women have more dimensions to their physical bodies. So, you have to know how to select clothes for various body types. But once you know it, the knowledge carries over from person to person. The challenge has all kinds of obstacles that is usually not gender based. I love dressing both!"
She also revealed what it was like collaborating with Elizabeth:
"I met Elizabeth in Los Angeles. I decided to meet her at one of my favorite stores H Lorenzo in West Hollywood. I figured that she had a really good fashion sense because of her sisters. And I was right. We picked many of her clothing items that day. We fell in love with these Italian black lace up shoes by Akethon. Very simple and understated but with an edge. Then we found a great jacket by Individual Sentiment."
And described how much of her style influenced her character’s look:
"I don't feel that her personal style effected the look of the character she played. I feel that her strong personal commitment to how she wanted to portray this complicated role influenced how we chose the clothes. Lizzy doesn't impress me to be superficial at all. So for example we liked how the sleeves in her jacket were a bit long and allowed her to hide possible marks that indicated that her character may have had past issues with cutting. We loved the hole-y tshirt because it seemed vulnerable and exposed and unselfish but damaged. "
Whether or not Elizabeth had any input, Ruth said:
"We worked together for sure. Actors have more to do besides worry about their costume. She did bring in her Antrax t-shirt that I had to duplicate. We were well into agreement on color and style."
She also worked with both Josh Brolin and Samuel L. Jackson for the film and confessed:
"I love how professional they both are. Josh seemed so happy to hear what I thought. He was open and accepting of my ideas. He generally wore what I gave him. Sam did too."
Ruth did admit:
"I love the research part of designing. After I've read the script it’s time to source the inspirations and the ideas. I take my illustrator with me to the Prada store and look at the details of how their designs are constructed. Or, ill search through some of my favorite fashion sources, like First View."
But won’t pick any favorites when it comes to dressing actors, as the Oscar nominee said:
"No favorites. Actors are my paper dolls. I mold them all to become their characters. When we are done and they return to the own personal clothes they're back to normal. I acquaint myself with their physical appearance as characters. Sometimes I know very little about them personally. That's why it's hard to call any one of them a favorite."
Lastly, she revealed the best and worst part of the job:
"The best part is spending someone else's money! (Laugh) And the hard part is not spending too much of it! Nobody likes you when you go over budget."
Doesn't this all sound AH-mazing!?!
Good thing we only have to wait until November 27th when Oldboy is released in theaters!
Ch-ch-check out the exclusive sketches and stills from the film in the gallery (below)!
[Images via Ruth Carter/Joseph Marzullo/WENN.]
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