Exclusive: Legendary Designer Colleen Atwood Talks ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Costumes

To celebrate the final trailer for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” Warner Bros. hosted an epic fan event in New York City on Monday, September 24. 

You can read about the first half of our day below:

Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Claudia Kim & Callum Turner Talk ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald’ Final Trailer

After being the first in the world to see the final trailer, we headed to 38 Parlor Loft.

The surprise guests at this location were cast Zoë Kravitz (Leta Lestrange), Alison Sudol (Queenie Goldstein), Katherine Waterston (Tina Goldstein) and legendary costume designer Colleen Atwood. They all answered fan questions, signed autographs and took pics with attendees.

Each character’s costume was on display.

The Knockturnal: We caught up with 4-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood who told us the inspiration behind a few of the looks.

Colleen Atwood: So for Queenie [played by Alison Sudol], we really wanted her to feel like she’d grown up a little bit. She’s been in the city, she has a different life now. I took the tonality of her coat from before, but put it into a less frivolous kind of material. Her dress, I found a vintage dress that I really liked, but it wasn’t quite right. But I found some fabric in Berlin that was vintage fabric that I really liked, but there wasn’t enough of it to make enough costumes for the movie. So I took the idea of it, and had this fabric all hand printed in house so all the lines would line up equally on the costume. Every resolution of every line meets side, and front, and back, which is complicated ’cause you have to do two sides of fabric to end up matching them up. If you have it just printed in one direction, it never matches. It just keeps barber poling around. It was a special challenge in that way. It moves like Queenie, it still has a lightness to it and a quality of air that I think Queenie has.

Queenie Goldstein

Colleen Atwood: This is the dress that Claudia Kim wears in the movie. She plays a character called Nagini, but she wasn’t referred to that. But as you see in the trailer, she turns into a snake. I found this lace, and I was very excited when I found it. And then I knew she was gonna have a lot of night work, so I put a blue foil on top of it, and used a sparkling net just to kick it up for night exteriors.

Maledictus / Nagini

Colleen Atwood: Well, Johnny Depp and I talked about Grindelwald, and with David Yates, the director, where we wanted to go … We used these charms that are kind of antique Charivari, which is their word for their magical charms that come from the woods and that sort of world of the forest. We wanted a wizarding looking silhouette with the big coat, so we used a coat that has a lot of play in it in the back. You see it in the trailer.

And then when I went to fit Johnny, we’re watching an old Marilyn Manson thing, and Johnny goes, “Yeah, those pants are really great.” They were these tight leather, almost knee pants. And we’re like, “Okay, let’s go there with the pants.” So he was our inspiration for that. And then, the boots were sort of quasi military style from the period, that we went with. I layered him up. He has a dark shirt that he wears for the final ceremony, and a white scarf. He has a white shirt too that he wears in an earlier part, but for the finale, I thought it was great in the set with his white hair and stuff to have the dark shirt.

This is Atwood’s 10th film collaboration with Johnny Depp. She reflected on that. “It’s great. I met him on Edward Scissorhands, which was a long time ago, and I always say he and Tim [Burton] are my funny little brothers.”

Gellert Grindelwald

Colleen Atwood: Tina has this rocking leather coat that speaks for itself, I think. We meet Tina where she comes into the movie, and she’s been reinstated, and she has power now. I think the coat sort of conveys that well on Katherine Waterston.

We kept her in trousers just because … we played around with the idea of a skirt, but we just kept going back to the trousers. It felt like the better choice for her.

Tina Goldstein

Colleen Atwood: Leta is from the manor born. She’s a pure blood sort of aristocratic French lineage, so I wanted to really honor the French side of things, and the idea that she was incredibly effortless. And so, I kept her dress really sleek, movement wise. Zoe Kravitz has such a beautiful body. You don’t have to do much to make her look good, that’s for sure. And I chose this color because I thought it was a great color to telegraph blood, but not be red. There’s an attached cape in the back. It’s detached from the dress, so you didn’t lose the shape of the body, but you still got a little kick. I used a similar design on Carmen Ejogo’s dress because sometimes I kind of tie design together, and silhouette, in movies. To me, it was the magical silhouette of that year, in magical fashion.

Leta Lestrange

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters on November 16.


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