HelloTailor: How much did you consider the idea of finite resources onboard the train? In the Tail Section, people were wearing whatever rags they had left after 17 years. I was wondering what kind of thought went into the idea of a world where you can’t really obtain new materials for new clothes. Was this a major concern when you were designing the overall look of each train car?Catherine George: Yes, we talked a lot about how long the passengers had been on the train, where they’d come from, what random materials they would use to fashion practical clothing. In the Tail Section, the aging and distressing was quite heavy and their clothes were made of different parts of garments pieced together. They had to improvise with whatever materials they could find. Curtis’ coat had layer upon layer of repairs.The character Painter wore a poncho made from old moving blankets. He also wore a helmet with a lantern left over from the train utility-wear, to enable him to draw in his cage at night.Chan, the kid who steals the matches and lights the flame, was the little thief of the Tail Section. We looked at pictures of child soldiers in Africa who attach small charms and amulets to their clothing to warn off evil spirits. Chan had all kind of stolen trinkets attached to his jacket.
Tattle-Crime.com recently did a bit of snooping and ran across the fantastic Trend Custom Tailors who are responsible for creating several of Dr. Lecter’s suits (as well as Ms. Verger’s gorgeous red coat!). Freddie got the inside scoop from the lovely Adriana Meister about Cannibals and Couture.
Their designs are drawn from all over the world- inspired by art, vintage fashion, architecture, textile artisans, and history. Modern style is their focus, but the golden age of couture is never far from their minds. They strive to bring back some of the elegance of the past while intertwining it with modern and future styles.
Designing Hannibal’s suits presents challenges, not only because Dr. Lecter is particular about his designs, but he’s fond of patterns with checks, which can prove particularly difficult to line up. Adriana tells us that Christopher Hargadon, costume designer for Hannibal, mentioned that when designing Lecter’s suits this season, he put Lecter in bright and bold suits whenever Lecter was happy or was celebrating a personal victory of some kind. Ms. Adriana points out that one of their vests was worn during the scene where Hannibal and Alana kiss, and while the vest is dark, the shirt Lecter is wearing is bright orange- a beautiful contrast. When describing Lecter’s style Mr. Hargadon said that colors spoke to him more than anything in regards to Hannibal, and that he wanted his outfits to show a tailoring heritage as well as read ‘old country’ meets contemporary modern tailoring- a style which is perfect for the Good Doctor and comes across beautifully on screen. Hannibal is a formidable man, who has an edge, and never goes unnoticed. As an imposing figure he has to look the part. It takes quite the man to pull off bold colors and prints, and pull it off he does.
Adriana says that her favorite suit of the season was the large bold checked suit in red and brown. It was the first suit they made for Dr. Lecter and she was in love with it before she even knew who it was for. “Someone out there is quite the man to pull that off. Finally we see more men dressing with personality and flare.” She notes that not many people can carry that print or color.
DYING for an outfit of your own? Trend Custom Tailors is available for both private commissions and commercial work. They have a wide selection of beautiful fabrics from all over the world (many of them Hannibal-esque!) and their thumb on the pulse of fashion, so don’t hesitate to contact them! Check out their website for more information, and if you’re in the Toronto area stop in! Trend Custom Tailors is located at 306 Sherbourne St. and I would definitely give them a call ahead at 416-596-8744.
Thank you so much to Adriana for the inside scoop and the beautiful behind the scenes pics, and keep an eye on TCT’s website for more behind the scenes pics! Keep up with Adriana at scarletdee!
There you have it, folks, some of the most beautiful clothing in the world! Stay tuned because Tattle Crime has some more exclusives to come!
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Boston Ballet’s Sugar Plum Fairy wears two costumes in Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker. The first (top photo) can be seen at the beginning of Act 2 where she greets Clara and the Nutcracker Prince. The second (bottom photo) can be seen at the end of Act 2 and the Grand Pas de Deux.
Do you know how many jewels adorn the Nutcracker costumes seen under the lights of the Boston Opera House?
Photos by Gene Schiavone.
One of the most consistent aspects of Hannibal Lecter’s character throughout the books, movies and TV series is his love of “good taste.” Vulgarity is punishable by death while Hannibal surrounds himself with objects of beauty, but in the end, “good taste” is an incredibly soulless form of self-expression. Will Graham’s collection of stray dogs tells us more about his emotional life and personality than Hannibal’s office and wardrobe, which mostly serve to tell us that he’s very rich and well-informed about menswear and interior design.
This brings us back to the “people suit” once again. Give Hannibal a mask and he will tell you the truth: Without all these obnoxious displays of wealth and good taste, people might begin to realise that underneath the many layers of expensive tailoring lies the cold, unbeating heart of a vampire.