“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”
May 2, 2014
Actors Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone reprise their roles as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy in Columbia Pictures’ new Marvel superhero release “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” In this follow-up to the 2012 “The Amazing Spider-Man,” the title character is tasked with bringing down a villainous triumvirate.
In addition to criminal getaway driver Aleksei Sytsevich (played by Paul Giamatti), there’s the Green Goblin (played by Dane DeHaan) and Electro (played by Jamie Foxx), a destructive character who emits powerful electrical charges. In addition to patrolling the streets of New York City and protecting the masses from these villains, Spidey has to juggle high school graduation and his romance with his fashionable, aspiring biochemist girlfriend Gwen Stacy.
Costume Designer Deborah Lynn Scott says the hero’s lady love was particularly enjoyable to design for, because she’s more multi-dimensional than a typical damsel in distress.
“Her character is sort of an accumulation and an iconic female character in comic book land,” Scott says. “There are very few female characters that are iconic themselves—it’s Gwen Stacy, maybe followed by Lois Lane. And Gwen is also kind of a style icon.”
When building actress Emma Stone’s wardrobe, Scott tapped into the character’s identity as an Upper East Side girl, and shopped designers that Gwen Stacy likely would. “Not necessarily Barneys, but likely J. Crew, Zara, Topshop, Cynthia Rowley, Rag & Bone… Her wardrobe is a mix,” the designer says.
The comic book served as the source material for the film, and Scott took pains to be loyal to it. One of the final looks in the film is a green, purple and black ensemble from the comic book—a unique color combination that Scott felt would be a challenge to execute in a flattering way. Gwen’s comic book outfit includes a coat, skirt and boots, so Scott used these basic parameters while hunting for complimentary hues of each color. In the end she created a custom green coat and purple skirt, and a purple blouse that was “a conglomeration of a couple blouses that I shopped, cut apart and [re-pieced together],” she says. The costume was completed with a pair of black Stuart Weitzman boots.
The “collaborative, easy going” Stone and her versatile complexion were instrumental in executing the look, Scott adds.
“She can wear so many colors—yellow, blue, green, coral. And I’d worked with her before, so we were really comfortable in the fitting room,” she says. “I like to spend time with my actors just talking about the character. She’d try on a lot of things and we’d talk about it as we went.”
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” opens in theaters nationwide today.