Dune costume designers Jacqueline West and Bob Morgan have created over 1,000 pieces for the film’s expansive world spanning 3 planets
The costumers of Dune created around 1,000 plays for the first part of the sci-fi epic. Based on the 1965 novel of the same name by Frank Herbert, the first part of the film directed by Dennis Villeneuve is an adaptation of more or less the first half of the book. Dune was released internationally on September 15 and is slated to hit theaters and HBO Max simultaneously on October 22.
Dune stars Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, the heir to the throne on a distant planet led by his father Duke Leto (Oscar Isaac) and Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson). Chalamet is supported by a star-studded ensemble cast that includes Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, and several others. Dune finds its heroes in the distant future on the desert planet Arrakis, tasked with extracting a drug with body-enhancing properties that is guarded by giant sand worms. Harsh betrayals and questioned loyalties complicate their mission and find the young prince seeking help from Arrakis, Chani (Zendaya). Besides Arrakis, Dune also spans two other planets.
Dune costume designers, Jacqueline West (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The ghost) and Bob Morgan (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Creation), Recount Variety (Going through IndieWire) they created “1000 or more”To encompass the variety of costumes across these worlds. Their inspiration came from everywhere, including films by David Lean (Laurence of Arabia, Fahrenheit 451), Greek and Roman mythology, the works of Francisco Goya, Giotto, the clothes of desert dwellers like the Bedouins, and even classic fashion brands like Balenciaga. Herbert describes these looks in the novel in detail, and these costumes had to vary widely between the three worlds of Arrakis, Caladan, and Giedi Prime. On Arrakis, the characters had to wear “stillsuits” carefully molded to the body of each actor. For this, West consulted Black Panther and The batman conceptual artist Keith Christensen. Read West’s quote below:
“Each one had to be cut out on a mold of the bodies of the actors because the movement of the body is what theoretically activates the stillsuit and transforms it into a distillery. [Both in the book and film, the suits take human wastewater and turn it into a gas,] then this filters through all the tubes in the suit as coolant with gauges and regulators. And we put it all on the stillsuits.
Each world in the movie has a different color palette. The looks were chromatic, the combination remaining gray as in the novel. Other looks were inspired by the places. West based Arrakis’ outfits on the coral, pink, peach and beige colors of the rocks of Jordan, where the filming of the Arrakis scenes took place. Villeneuve was heavily involved in what became a collaborative process as he often checked out early designs in costume stores.
The costumes are already making a splash as Oscar contenders, which would be West’s fourth nomination. Based on West and Morgan’s description of the hard work they put into the costumes, an Oscar win wouldn’t be surprising. It is certainly interesting to hear details of the process and inspirations behind the creation of what Herbert described in the novel. The costumes can finally be seen in all their glory when Dune comes out next month.
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- Dune (2021)Release Date: October 22, 2021
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