“Captain Marvel”

By Rachael Stanley

Costume Designer: Sanja Milkovic Hays

The Latest Marvel movie is a tribute to the power of women. Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel  (Brie Larson ) is told her whole life that every endeavor she tries is not for girls. She is knocked down over and over but she continues to get up and fight harder.   Finally becoming a Captain and ace pilot she ends up on Kree with no memory of her earthly past. There she becomes a Kree warrior and gains her superpowers. This movie is a story of the power within and the right to claim you own successes and  rise from your failures.

Sanja created three planets, including earth in the 90’s with flashbacks into the 70s and 80s. A lot of it ended up on the editing floor which is heartbreaking to any creative individual. There were over one hundred specialty costumes and a total of over eight hundred costumes made, bought or rented for the film. Spreading the work load over 75 crew members and 4 different costume houses over nearly eleven months, Sanja created a visual delight. The Kree costumes were manufactured at Marvel. The fabric was printed by Karen By Design and the armor and helmets manufactured at Film Illusions. The Skrull warrior costumes were for Sanja the highlight of the project. They were a deep purple one piece specialty suits made of hundreds of high definition screen printed little patchwork pieces fitted together like a giant puzzle. This was an engineering feat and Sanja’s formal training as an architect helped her with the composition, direction and symmetry of all the small pieces. The separate pieces of fabric  were first  printed in the Marvel shop by Sharon Quinn- Fauvel then sent to Hargate Costumes  and Serj Tailoring for construction. “Mary Ellen and Serj were brilliant in putting this all together” says Hays. Sanja praised all of her team including her two Assistant Costume Designers Irena Stepic- Rendulic and Mairi Chisholm, Illustrators Christian Cordella and Phillip Boutte,  Supervisor Linda Matthews, Shop Forepersons Marilyn Madsen and Keith Muessigmann and all  talented person in her crew as well as all the costume makers in 4 houses Hargate Costume, Serj Tailoring, Mutto- Little and Film Illusions.


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