MUPPETS MOST WANTED
Costume Designer Rahel Afiley Dresses the Diva (and Everyone Else)
Costume designer Rahel Afiley is no stranger to Muppets. She served in the same
role for Disney's "The Muppets" in 2011. "It's a lot easier this time," she
says. "I knew what to expect: what looks good on humans doesn't necessarily look
good on Muppets."
Color is key, for obvious reasons, when it comes to Muppets-and humans, too,
says Afiley. The wardrobe for Ricky Gervais' character Dominic, for example, got
slightly darker as his character's criminal escapades escalated.
While Dominic's attire consisted of more traditionally styled suits, Jean Pierre
Napoleon's wardrobe adopted the agent's European flavor. "His character has that
'60s-style French cool thing going on," says Afiley. "We went with more burgundy
and royal blues for him."
The costume designer was careful to consider which Muppets would be on set with
their human counterparts. Ty Burrell's wardrobe had to complement Sam Eagle's
coloring, for example. And Tina Fey wasn't likely to wear Kermit green-not that
her prison-guard garb would've called for it. "Tina's wardrobe is a prison guard
uniform-but tailored with a feminine touch," says Afiley.
Speaking of feminine, perhaps Afiley's most important wardrobe role involved a
precocious pig with notable needs. "The rest of the Muppets don't compare to
Miss Piggy when it comes to wardrobe," she says. "Miss Piggy requires a lot of
designing. In this film, she has at least 23 changes, which is more than any
Muppet or human. It's actually more than all the humans combined. She's quite a
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