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Charlie's Angels may have lost the box office race and flopped but that hasn't deterred the makers who stand by their product. And even if the numbers haven't reflected the film's efforts, if there is one thing that has been talked about constantly then that is the costumes and designing of the characters in the show. Especially that of Kristen Stewart's.
The designer of the film recently had a talk on length with The Hollywood Reporter and described her costume design for the film as a 'nomadic existence.' “I like to be doing several things at once,” Barrett explains during a call from Australia, where she’s working on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, set for release in 2021. “I’d rather mix things up so my mind doesn’t get stuck in one area. When you’re puzzling everything together, you’re never bored.”
“It’s always nice to know that somebody else whose opinion I trust is on the project as well,” adds Barrett, who worked with Pope on The Matrix series. “With each job I’m considering, I also think, 'Can I see a way through where I’m artistically and intellectually excited to be a part of it?'”
Barrett also appreciated that Banks didn’t spell out every detail in the script, instead of letting the costumes sometimes convey aspects of storytelling. “That could be very liberating for the actresses — Kristen really enjoyed that part, because it allowed her to explore different parts of her persona,” Barrett says.
That idea was especially true of some of the disguises worn by Stewart’s character, Angel Sabina Wilson. “Kristen is the true chameleon of the group, really playing a bunch of different roles, and that suits her backstory and her own personality as well,” Barrett says. “It seemed really fun that she could go from a sexy Barbie doll in a pink sequined minidress to hanging off a helicopter in a harness in the same scene after she’s removed her wig and high heels. Within a lot of scenes, people start by wearing one thing and end up wearing something else. This process is part of their daily lives.” Pink indeed became a theme for Stewart’s character, for reasons that extended beyond Barbie-like symbolism. “We wanted that hard juxtaposition to Kristen’s character because she liked to play with the ideas of darkness and then the happiness of pink,” Barrett explains. “It was definitely a discussion and became her signature color when her character was in disguise. It was an opportunity in the script to exploit the fun of certain moments, but in some instances, there are a lot of people in a scene, and you really want to be able to see where she is and what she’s doing.”
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