Colleen Atwood Costume Design {Snow White & the Huntsman}



This weekend I headed to the movies to see Snow White & the Huntsman. The film was ok, but the costumes, they were spectacular. Three-time Oscar winning costume designer Colleen Atwood truly transformed Charlize Theron into evil Queen Ravenna through the most avant-garde and medieval-haute-couture wardrobe I've ever seen. Shown above is Ravenna's caged collared wedding dress built from fabrics and findings from Paris and Italy and embroidered with leather to give it an edge. The costume design sketch of her rooster feathered gown and cloak cost an estimated $32,000 and two of them had to be made since one would be covered in oil. This was the very first piece Atwood designed for the film, to be used in teaser trailers where through the help of visual effects transformed into a flock of crows. The intricate detailing and beautifully rendered fabric make for quite an impressive costume sketch.

For more about Atwoods costume designs for Snow White & the Huntsman you can check out this Vanity Fair article and I highly recommend seeing the costumes in action. The queen's crowns and chainmail and spiked leather gowns are a sight to see. 

(Images: Universal Pictures, via Vanity Fair)

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kristin maynes said...

Wow! That's Incredible...$32,000 x's 2. It's shame one was ruined with oil. Love this piece, it's Wonderful!

Ivanna said...

Anonymous said...

hello i love your designs but i wonder if yo PLEASE can tell me how or what do you use to do your fashion illustrations???

Nikita <3

Brooke said...

Thanks Nikita, this illustration isn't actually mine, its by Colleen Atwood the costume designer for Snow White. You can read about some of the techniques and tools I use here: http://fabulousdoodles.blogspot.com/search/label/Tips