Oz the Great and Powerful: The skinny on the film’s glitzy witchy costumes (and of course, that Emerald City)
Disney’s new film Oz The Great and Powerful is opening in movie theatres tomorrow. And not only are we excited to see James Franco in L. Frank Baum’s classic Oz setting, but we also can’t wait to take in the film’s visually stunning fashion and cinematography.
Created by costume designers Gary Jones and Michael Kutsche, the fashion of Oz reflects the glitz and glamour of L. Frank Baum’s classic storybook setting, while frequently using emerald, ahem, Pantone’s Colour of the Year (How perfect!) Jones and Kutsche created almost 2000 costumes for the film, including several elaborate looks for the film’s witchy stars Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, and Rachel Weisz.
Some of the highlights include Kunis’s McQueen-esque oversize red cape and Williams’ glittery ball gowns. In particular, Weisz’s glamourous dress, worn with a stunning feather headpiece and adornments, is something to behold. Described by the actress as “slightly militaristic,” the look is appropriate for her character Evanora, who is the leader of Emerald City. On Weisz’s character, Kutsche said, “I really wanted her to not just be some person in this place, but to actually be this place. The shape and color of her wardrobe actually reflect the architecture and feel of Emerald City, which was Art Deco inspired.”
The film also features stunning scenery and costumes that are sure to keep everyone in their seats. Academy Award winning production designer Robert Stromberg designed 30 sets for Oz, including the iconic Yellow Brick Road and Emerald City. Based on the original Wizard of Oz film, these sets are given a modern twist while still keeping with the imaginative themes.
Look for Oz The Great and Powerful in theatres across Canada when it opens on Friday, March 8th.