Time's Dress Code: Costumes of the Comedy
For About Time, costume designer Verity Hawkes
was given the unlikely task of dressing time travelers.
Recalls Hawkes: "For Tim, we had to show the
progression from young and uncon fident to older
and more confident. You see the progression in his
choice of clothing, that it's less thrown together. We
didn't want to lose any of his character as he got
older. He had to keep the charm he always had."
Dressing McAdams as Mary was a collaborative
experience for Hawkes and the performer. Notes
Hawkes: "I didn't want Mary's wardrobe to be a
series of fashion plates. Mary's much more of a real
character, so we worked together at finding the balance
of showing her kooky side and originality. Rachel
cared about what Mary should wear, as well as when
she should wear it and why. She was totally onboard
Creating the look for Wilson's whimsical Kit Kat,
Verity took the scripted direction that Tim's sister should
always wear some item that was purple. "It was quite a
joyous process finding every single purple item that you
could," the designer laughs. "Kit Kat is kind of thrown together, so each outfit was quite fun to put together.
She'd wear the quirky combinations of things."
One character Hawkes didn't imagine she'd be
dressing over the course of About Time was the Queen
herself. However, that was required when it came time
for Tim's Mum's outfits. As she fancies the Queen as
the perfection fashion icon, that's the way she would be
dressed. Ends Hawkes: "Lindsay is very beautiful, but
she doesn't look anything like the Queen...so we came
to quite a good compromise on her costumes."
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