Cruella Costume Designer Jenny Beavan On Revisiting The ’70s London Fashion Scene [Interview]

Oh, well. And then, of course, that dramatic military dress.

Oh yeah.

I know Emma [Stone] he had talked about it and how crazy it was. Did you have to train her to move it? Because I remember doing plays and being trained to kick off a dance cycle, and all kinds of things like that.

We tried everything, including the garbage truck suit on the stunt double, if there was one, or on one of our own team. But I think that, we did several tests, because it had to be light enough for her to get into the car, but heavy enough to be able to swoop around and land in the right place. My recollection is that he only did it that day, and he actually did it because we had tested it on … I don’t remember exactly who tested it.

It was probably a stuntman who rehearsed that. But everything was tested, and she was wearing Doc Marten boots, which are pretty good and solid, and not heels or anything. And the jacket. Oh, that was a work of art. Wonderful Jonathan Burniston [junior costume maker] he did it and let himself be carried away completely by the shoulder pads. I mean, they’re full towns on each shoulder. But that was part of the fun. This is almost my favorite.

It was amazing. Some of the costumes aren’t that dramatic though but they still stand out. You can talk a little about Anita Darling [Kirby Howell-Baptiste], Jasper [Joel Fry], and Horace [Paul Walter Hauser], and that kind of design?

Well, I loved Anita. I was in Los Angeles and … Was it Atlanta? No, we went to Atlanta to fit in with Walter Hauser. I found this amazing fabric shop called Mood. And we just found things that looked like the 70s. And I had taken some real vintage stuff to try it out. And we knew it looked great in trouser suits, but we didn’t have anything that was right. And then we found these great fabrics that would only speak of the 70s. And so, they were all made in London for her. And then, of course, this kind of big, crazy hair, which of course we all had, and anyone who was Afro-Caribbean would have had in the 70s. So it was just amazing. And he’s a lovely, lovely actor. So it was fun.

Jasper and Horace, if you see them, and you know it. And again, in Atlanta, we didn’t get to see Paul until evening. And we were there, I think, also the day before because I had come from Los Angeles on our way back to London. And I said to the person who was helping us, the local customer, I said, “Is there a shop for slightly older people?” And we went to this place, and it was absolutely filled with the most wonderful Horace-y type of regular polo shirts, dark greens and dark reds. Oh God, it was great. So we made a real booty there. And probably spent around $ 20. I mean, it was so cheap.

And actually, a lot of that ends up in the movie, and I said, “Well, while we’re here, why don’t we buy three? Why buy one when, at that price, we could just get double if we needed them.” . And indeed, that rehearsal evening was a lot of fun. I’ve never met him before. He brought his sister, I think. And we ordered food and drinks, and we just had a good time in this hotel room, and we used a lot of those clothes. Besides, Jasper was obviously the sharpest one. And that kind of light check … I can’t think of the word, but there’s a kind of coat in England that sportsmen wear. And it’s a little edgy and a little cheeky. And I thought, in a way it must be Jasper, because he really aspires to be a gentleman. Rather than Horace who aspires to be the thief and the thief. So yeah, I mean, they got together.

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