Glass

Mar. 1st, 2019

Anna Wyckoff

Director M. Night Shyamalan is renown for using color in his films both as a means of telling the story and defining characters. Having collaborated with him on the previous film in the trilogy, Split, Costume Designer Paco Delgado was well aware of the palette for the cast and was excited about the challenge of taking the characters into the next chapter. Designing a sequel means paying close attention to how the characters have already been presented to the audience, ” Shyamalan is always interested in the characters and their psychology,” Delgado says. “Even if they have evil motives or evil acts, he always wants to show their complexity. He wants to show them in some sort of sympathetic light.”

Since the characters had established color associations, Delgado was able to focus on the circumstances of the story. Working with a veteran cast made the process fascinating and rewarding. Because Mr. Glass/Elija Price (Samuel L. Jackson) is institutionalized, Delgado used hospital gowns and pajamas to contrast his fragility and evil. Kevin Wendell Crumb/The Horde (James McAvoy) received hues of yellow in garments that had to be flexible enough to express the character’s multiple personalities. David Dunn/The Overseer (Bruce Willis) wears shades of green to highlight the character’s role as a hero and his innocence. “A lot of the building of the character happens in interaction with the actor during fittings. That’s when we see how the character is getting constructed.”

To depict a new character to the series, Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson) Delgado chose a neutral silhouette, neither to angular nor too soft in order to convey the ambiguity of her character. He explains the choice, “We don’t know if she’s a good character or an evil one, and I tried to find a good balance in the costume.”

Working on the project was a study in subtlety for Delgado, “Behind every actor, everything we do, you can see their past. That’s what I think these movies are about.”

Glass from Universal Pictures is in theatres now.

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