Anonymous said: Have you ever considered writing posts on your LJ about the costuming in Harry Potter? I know you mostly write them about recently-released shows/movies, but I'm wondering what kinds of things you would have to say about the HP films.
i assume you mean my blog?? i haven’t posted on livejournal in years. but in answer to your question: i wrote a two-part blog post about costume design and worldbuilding in the HP movies (related to the upcoming Fantastic Beasts movie) but i haven’t actually gone through all of the individual films and reviewed them.
On Wonder Woman and Heeled Boots
Yesterday Warner Bros. revealed the costume Gal Gadot will wear for her role in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The costume has her wearing boots. I don’t care for the inclusion of boots. Yes, she’s been drawn wearing heeled boots (including her first appearance)
but she’s also been drawn wearing greek sandals
and boots with no heel.
So there is no continuity over the last 70 plus years although there certainly has been some rethinking of how female characters are presented in media during that time.
A few years ago when they were making the disastrous NBC pilot they also had Wonder Woman wearing a heel. Here’s what I said then:
Wonder Woman is free of vanity. For her a costume should be utilitarian — to cover what needs be covered and to make her recognizable to scare off weak-willed adversaries and alert others to her involvement.
Having heels on her boots adds nothing. A boot heel will not make her run faster or kick harder or assist her in doing her job or make her recognizable. The only thing a heel does is please the eye. And that is something Wonder Woman should not care about.
A few folks have stated the heel is required to give her the height to stand with her co-stars Affleck and Cavill. That also does not require a costume with a heel as we’ve seen from dozens of films starring actors who are shorter than their female co-stars.
This is not about hating high heeled boots; I love high heeled boots. It’s fine if Wonder Woman wore them in her “civilian” identity. Rather, this is about questioning a costuming choice which puts the emphasis on Hollywood’s requirements for a Woman rather than the Wonder of the character.
Snowpiercer costume design
I’m going to be publishing an interview with the costume designer of Snowpiercer next week!
As far as I know this is the only time she’s given an interview about the movie, so I’m pretty psyched to have spoken with her. :) Check back to HelloTailor over the next couple of days if you’re interested!
P.S. Here’s my original post about Snowpiercer. I published it a few weeks ago, but I know a lot more people have seen the movie since then. It contains spoilers, so I only recommend reading it if you’ve already seen the film.