Get Ready to see Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children hitting theatres on Friday September 30th. This film does not disappoint bringing the story of Ransom Riggs to life. When first reading this book over the summer I was mesmerized by the characters and their “Peculiar” abilities. Little did I know that a few months later I would be seeing a preview of the film and then have the opportunity to meet the Author, Costume designer and several members of the cast.
Stay Peculiar is the theme of not only the accepting our differences but taking pride in them that resonated most with the filmmakers. It’s a two-word mission statement that it’s cool – and even necessary- to be different. What makes the young Peculiars different is also what makes them able, strong and special.
Colleen Atwood is the costume designer for the film. She is a three time Academy Award winner has worked with Tim Burton on several other films including their first collaboration on Edward Scissorhands. Much has changed since the first time working together while Tim Burton continues to push the envelope on design and inspiration. Colleen knows what he is looking for, there is no drama – they keep it real and the outcome is always a success.
She is able to capture the essence of the each character – Though the book gives images of what the characters are supposed to look like they each have taken on their own persona with help from the actors. Only the twins have stayed very similar to the photos that are depicted.
For Miss Peregrine’s costume- Colleen didn’t want it to just be a traditional black skirt ensemble. It is a combination of navy blue and wool crepe. Though Eva Green does transform into a bird in the film, as she is an ymbrine she didn’t want the outfit to be too bird like. Their are pointed sleeves to the costume and an iridescence to the feather look on the box pleat on the sleeve. It is very subtle and the detail is amazing as it is with each outfit that has been put together.
When coming up with Ella Purnell’s Costume for her character Emma a lot of time and detail went into the iron clad boots- to keep her from floating away. Though the boots were not extremely heavy they wanted to have enough weight to keep the actor in check with how she has to walk and move as if they were anchors for her. Colleen came up with the idea of using ski boot bindings to allow easy access on and off for the footwear allowing quick on and off releases during scenes. With a simple release Emma was able to float away but with the help of Jake she was never too far away. You will also notice the are like essence her dress has just like a cloud so soft and yet moves so easily.
Though the film covers 2 time periods 2016 and the 1940’s the style has a common feature of being more classic and paying homage to Jake’s grandfather with his 40’s inspired shirts with a modern twist. This time loop only requires about one costume for many of the characters. They are repeating the same day over and over so each each outfit must be unique and stand alone to give the character substance. I enjoyed hearing from Colleen about working with children as they are honest with opinions regarding fits of clothes. Many adult actors will make it work- however children get fidgety if something doesn’t fit correctly or their shoes are bothering them. Shoes for the youngest members of the cast where a little bit of a nuance and were worked on for each of them to get the perfect fit so everyone would be as comfortable as possible. In this day and age many kids are accustomed to wearing sneakers for the most part and not a traditional dress shoe.
Olive played by Lauren McCrostie is a free spirit – with fire at her finger tips. She wears long play gloves at all times unless necessary otherwise she will ignite everything that she touches. The shine and texture to the gloves make them even more elegant looking than you would think. They are made of a very fine black patent leather.
From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.
The residents of MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN ready themselves for an epic battle against powerful and dark forces. Left to right: Enoch (Finlay Macmillan), Emma (Ella Purnell), Jake (Asa Butterfield), Hugh (Milo Parker), Bronwyn (Pixie Davies), the twins (Thomas and Joseph Odwell), Claire (Raffiella Chapman), Fiona (Georgia Pemberton), Horace (Hayden Keeler-Stone), Olive (Lauren McCrostie), and Millard (Cameron King). Photo Credit: Jay Maidment.
MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN – in theaters September 30
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I was able to attend a preview of the film. All thoughts an opinions are my own.