In real life and on television, nuns are not a one-size-fits-all group.
The traditional black uniform has become the indispensable outfit of the on-screen sisters in TV shows. Young Pope with american horror story. Like Kristin Chenoweth’s glamorous cyan outfit, not every character plays by monastic style guidelines. daisies and Alba Baptista’s ready for battle Warrior Nun showed. Now, Betty Gilpin joins this list of famous women who wear a habit of clever crazy Miss Davis. There’s a new blue nun in town.
When Miss Davis Dressed in outfits similar to those worn by the sisters of the (fictional) Our Lady of the Immaculate Valley convent that premiered at SXSW in Austin last month, the nuns were on hand to spread the word of Tara Hernandez’s new Peacock genre-bending series. Damon Lindelof. Gilpin plays the blue habit-wearing Sister Simone, who goes from jamming in Reno to taking on a powerful AI system, Miss Davis, in the world-spanning venture. Simone is also tasked with finding the real Holy Grail, crossing paths with Miss Davis’ aides, secret societies, school teachers, scientists, the Nazis, and a blast from her past.
When a powerful technological entity is a central enemy, it is impossible not to evoke images of: black mirror sections. There is a clear link with the sci-fi anthology series through three-time director Owen Harris. black mirrorIncluding the iconic “San Junipero” (and personal favorite episode “Be Right Back”), and half of the season Miss Davisincluding the pilot.
It is difficult to capture the heart and humanity without ever losing the humor. Harris turned to costume designer Susie Coulthard, with whom she often worked, to dress nuns, cowboys, and magicians (oh my god!) and, meanwhile, stayed true to that brilliantly bold tone. “It’s funny because whenever I read a script, I can immediately imagine what it should look like and it’s from Warner Bros. [had] This cartoony Looney Tunes makes him feel. Coulthard told The Daily Beast’s Obsessed, I thought, ‘Oh my god, I have to do this.
Coulthard’s ability to combine down-to-earth elements and flights of fantasy is evident in his memorable work in “San Junipero.” “It’s important to have some fire underneath the creativity of the show,” says Coulthard. When Harris sent him the script, he was stunned by Hernandez and Lindelof’s vision. Combination of “light and fun”, And also intelligent” was so attractive that he could not turn down the opportunity.
Making a Habit
“In the beginning I was doing all the research and looking at what it should be, the habits of what this sort of nun cult would actually wear – all brown – and I thought, ‘Oh my God, that didn’t sound cartoony enough,'” says Coulthard. Continued between Harris and Coulthard Aside from a Blue Nun wine joke, the designer was also keen to use a vibrant hue instead of the traditional black and white. “It took a while to convince other people,” admits the designer. However, the concept art showed how it would look on a desert backdrop. “I felt he needed something a little more extraordinary, something that made him stand out a bit.
Just as in the first episode, practical considerations sparked additional design talk, Simone rides horses and motorcycles. The original plan was to have only one skirt option for shows and revert to the long skirt for other scenes. Instead, it was decided that the culottes would become Simone’s nun outfit the moment she met Coulthard Gilpin: “She has a real Katharine Hepburn vibe; she is physical, intelligent she.
When Gilpin reacted enthusiastically to culottes during a rehearsal (“She said, ‘I am Love This. It just has to be”), Coulthard realizes that. “It’s a very important element in getting the actors to feel how their characters should be too,” he says. You don’t always notice the pants element, but “it gives it some difference and some attitude to it – these pants stomping around with her skirts.”
Last year, I spoke with Gilpin about his book for Obsessed. All the Women in My Brain, during Miss Davis was in production. He couldn’t explain much at the time but mocked, “I habitually sprinted and sobbed a lot all summer long.”
The heat of those summer months said, “I had some nightmares. As an Englishman, I ordered the whole, hundreds of yards of this wool gaberdine,” says Coulthard. It is typically in Los Angeles during the milder months. “Oh my god, I think I’m going to kill everybody. Her For this reason It’s warm.” Coulthard remembers Gilpin saying, “It can get a little warm in the desert.” Luckily, there was time to copy this with light, airy wools from a mill in West Yorkshire, and the designer learned a valuable lesson.
Considering how much has happened throughout Simone’s quest, it would be easy to overcomplicate her signature look. While the color of her nun’s outfit was eye-catching, Coulthard wanted to keep Gilpin’s headdress “as simple as possible.”
“There is a lot of action going on,” he says. “You want to see the expressions on his face; Suffice it to say, it frames the witty Gilpin’s expressive face perfectly.
Coulthard and his team made nearly 90 nun costumes for the wedding. Miss Davis actors (including stunt stuntmen and stuntmen). This included Emmy winner Margo Martindale, who played the Mother Superior. “All my dreams came true when she walked on set in a superior mother outfit. It’s like my whole life is heading towards this moment,” Gilpin told me.
Gilpin doesn’t just wear nuns; Early on, he dons a rainbow-colored bike helmet during a daring escape that has a connection to his past. Wiley (Jake McDorman) and Simone’s pasts are deeply intertwined (calling her Lizzie, implying the mystery behind their relationship). “Betty’s helmet must have something to do with her helmet,” Coulthard says. The bike chase is crazier and the Wiley rainbow hood leans Simone into a “cartoonish” aesthetic. Wylie’s metallic cyan and red helmet came first, and her jacket was the jumping off point, leading to fun picks that added to the Looney Tunes vibe.
The inspiration for Wiley’s jacket came from a definitive movie costume: Tyler Durden’s instantly iconic red rusty leather jacket worn by Brad Pitt in the 1999 David Fincher movie. LA Leather crafter Jonathan A. Logan made this jacket, and Coulthard approached Logan to create something similar in suede. Then he discovered that McDorman had purchased several items from Logan’s collections in the past. “When I first spoke to Jake, he said, ‘Oh, there’s a guy I want to introduce you to. I said, ‘Don’t worry, we’re already there. “It’s a wonderful chance moment where this collaboration works beautifully.”
However, the weather raged again: “Until the weather warmed up… he didn’t want to go out. Then I was like, ‘Oh my god, why am I wearing such a heavy suede jacket?
One Miss Davis The character who takes a more or less approach to how much she wears is Wiley’s co-conspirator JQ (Chris Diamantopoulos). The rebel resistance leader prefers to wear shirtless suspenders, not a shrinking violet. There are purposeful popular culture references from all over TV and film history. The most important of these is Bruce Willis. Fifth Element. “We took that forward every time we rehearsed with him, ‘OK Chris, who are we channeling today?’ he says.
It is another example of larger-than-life images that add to the cleverly bizarre tapestry. While he uses recognizable movie references and archetypes like nuns, cowboys, and magicians—David Arquette uses several dazzling sequined Nudie and Nudie-inspired tricks as Simone’s father—all about Miss Davis It feels completely original. On paper it may seem like ChatGPT has a hand in this, but artificial intelligence can never reveal this level of nuance.
Even Wiley’s cowboy influence is run through the tailoring mixer. “It has to feel pretty worn out; The cowboy is part of his character,” says Coulthard of the worn-out boots he wore when he first reunited with his childhood sweetheart. Considering how much Wiley cares about this aesthetic, she is forced to try a different look when she is presented with a pair of silver British Knights sneakers that don’t fit the character’s Western style in the third episode. “When I was going to try them on Jake, I was worried. ‘Oh my God, what will he think? This is going to look crazy.’ But actually, I think craziness works out well,” she says.
This shoe switch plays an integral role in the plot, including a flashback to a Super Bowl commercial in episode five. Miss Davis to new, even crazier heights. Coulthard worked closely with the brand on sourcing the retro design dating back to the 80s when it was first released. “It was incredible working together and it fits so well with what comes next,” Coulthard says.
The present-day image of Wiley and Simone talk about their different paths since they last saw each other, adding to the growing absurdity. Appearances can be deceiving, and despite their contradictory ploys, they are committed to a common goal of taking down Miss Davis. As we move towards the exciting conclusion, when it comes to style, it’s clear the AI has no clue about a nun wearing pants.
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