Described by some viewers and critics as an “anti-Barbie” film that features a Emma Stone Incarnated as a Frankenstein in his own terms, the film “Poor Creatures” premiered this Thursday, in Brazil, and has already established itself, since the first images and the production trailer were released, also due to the costumes. Under the command of the professional Holly Waddington, everything that Emma’s character — Bella — wears in the feature film helps build her own story. Starting with the fact that Waddington abolished corsets from the film’s wardrobe.
“We’re done with corsets. That’s partly what makes the clothes feel so liberated. This is a feminist film; conceptually, if you’re trying to make a feminist film, it doesn’t look very good to put your lead in this piece of clothing that forces the body to an idealized shape, which is what the corset does,” the costume designer told the website of the Barbican Centre, a London art center.
“From the beginning, Yorgos [Lanthimos, o diretor do filme] he felt it would be a ridiculous thing to do. From a physical standpoint, there was no way Emma Stone could do what she needed.”
Sexual awakening and character development
Bella’s costumes are also in favor of a prominent theme in the plot: the character’s sexual awakening. “The color palette and materials Holly used were deeply thought out and inspired by what Bella is going through and how she is evolving,” explains Emma Stone, detailing her insights in a press release for the film.
It all starts with Bella wearing blouses with Victorian references, but always “missing a part”. As if she were a child who loses or forgets to put on all her clothes throughout the day. “Think of a five-year-old child dressed in his mother’s clothes, that messy thing,” Waddington told the Barbican Centre.
In a second moment, Bella takes on a more formal air; she wears white or beige clothes, on the ship she represents being an upper class woman. In the projection of a Parisian brothel, the costumes avoid obviousness and gain the power of sensuality in silky, light and airy fabrics. “It’s about creating that sense of organicity. She’s an unruly, living, breathing creation.”
The costume designer explains:
I was gathering references of things that live at the bottom of the sea, strange creatures, looking at the tactile surfaces of the organisms; giving this feeling of everything breathing and living.
The wedding dress
One of the most impressive items in “Poor Creatures” is the wedding dress that Bella wears. Emma Stone revealed that this was one of the best costumes she has ever worn in her career. “I almost cried when I put it on. It was excellent. Sheer and delicate, but also incredibly strong. A bit like how I see the nature of sex as vulnerability and trust mixed together, that’s what the dress symbolizes for me. It’s an incredibly impactful statement dress.” “