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Costumes Of The Film
Over the course of the production, 600 extras would need to be clothed in period appropriate gear. The costume department had hundreds of costumes for the extras— from elaborate regal finery and barely there loincloths and bikinis to the weird and bizarre dark-hooded costumes of Muldiss Darton's denizens.

This was in addition to the individual styles of each principal cast member—from Thadeous' misguided fashion, Fabious' striking questing attire and Isabel's warrior princess costumes to Leezar and Belladonna's decorative costumes and the witches' red cloaks.

As costume designer Webb-Crozier describes: "It wasn't a script that you could be tame about. In order to make it funny, it was all or nothing. We've gone medieval but also into the '70s and '80s. There's a bit of French influence, a bit of Italian. It couldn't be done in a mild way, so I just went for it.”

The two brothers had to be dressed quite differently. The designer shares: "We decided to make Thadeous' armor a bit more what a prince would wear if he was trying to look cool in armor. This is why his armor is over the top and very macho but not distressed at all because he never, ever went on a quest before. So, the difference is that one of them is always very broken down at the end. The other one just looks the part, but obviously hasn't seen any activity.”

For the warrior Isabel, the designer respected that Natalie Portman doesn't wear leather and sought out an English dressmaker who specialized in synthetics. She explains: "I worked with Natalie to get a very tight fitting, very sexy warrior look that cheats the viewer because it isn't leather at all. We also put wee bits of gold on it, and we kept it as medieval as we could.”

Belladonna dons a few more outfits in the production. The costume designer let her imagination run wild, as Belladonna is very much a simpleton who has never been exposed to the outside world. Webb-Crozier imagined that Belladonna might have gone into Leezar's mothers' closets and thrown on anything to wear. However, she makes up for her bizarre choices by donning a gorgeous yellow and a lovely blue dress during the film.

As Green was inspired by '80s movies, he instructed the design team to make Leezar's look represent that period of film (as well as the medieval), allowing for a good deal of crossover. Enter David Bowie as inspiration. With feathered hair, high collars on his outfit and bits of gold on his costumes, there was no concern that Leezar would blend in too much. With up to eight or nine duplicates of her outfits at the ready, the designer was prepared.

To imagine the people of the medieval trading town of Muldiss Darton, Webb- Crozier crafted costumes with inspiration from original places…even the taxidermist shop. She explains: "If we're going back into medieval times, people used whatever they had that was available. They used the skins of animals for everything. They ate the animal, and then they used the skin to keep them warm, to sleep on, to hide themselves. That was why we used a lot of skins and animal heads—which fitted in very well with David's concept of staying really bizarre.”


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