Designing the costumes for Emma, the Autumn de Wilde-directed adaptation of Jane Austen’s traditional interval novel, was a stability between staying true to the period (the early 1800s) whereas leaving room for some creativity and creative license, says Oscar-nominated costume designer Alexandra Byrne.
“To design a period film you need to know and research the period, so that you can make decisions to enable the storytelling from a point-of-view of knowledge as opposed to a point of ignorance,” she stated throughout Focus Features’ panel at Deadline’s Contenders Film: The Nominees awards-season occasion. “Autumn [de Wilde] wanted to know everything about the period, she wanted the comedy and the humor to come from period, it was our job to really understand it. We’re not here to be museum archivists, we’re here to tell a story, but I think you can only do that truthfully if you know what you’re working with.”
For her analysis, Byrne stated she merely checked out “everything.” From work to journals and museum, she provides that she was struck by the colour of the unexpectedly “wild” interval, which included “amazing and brave” mixtures.
“It was one of the biggest movements in fashion that has happened,” she added.
Byrne is not any stranger to interval dramas, in reality the precise reverse – her glittering profession on such initiatives has encompassed the likes of Persuasion, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Mary Queen of Scots to call however a couple of, and seen her rewarded with six Oscar nominations and one win.
Focus Features’ Emma is competing for 2 Oscar noms in complete, with the movie additionally within the working for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for Marese Langan, Laura Allen and Claudia Stolze.
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