In early production, writer-director Adam McKay described “Don’t Look Up” as a journey through Hell. This is a detail that makes costume designer Susan Matheson excitedly welcome when designing a series of costumes for each member of the cast.
Uncover the behind-the-scenes story of the heavily invested costume design of the project don’t look up
Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio): The PhD’s journey from Michigan State University to the set of the national television show and back is evident in the quality of the clothes he wears throughout the film. Before her makeover, Randall Mindy wore a vintage Orvis coat, corduroy pants, and other thrift store-bought items.
After appearing on The Daily Rip, his style changed dramatically and featured high-end pieces by Canali and Brunello Cucinelli. When he returns home in the third act of the film, he puts on his original clothes again to signify that he has shed the snares of the world he does not want to enter.
Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence): Similar to Randall Mindy, Kate Dibiasky’s appearance has also undergone a process of change, but more subtle. Although she stuck to her own style for most of the film, she eventually realized that she needed to look like the American people if she wanted to get her message across.
In the end, Kate ditched punk rock and military-style boots (made by a small Italian label called MOMA) in favor of more sophisticated coats and dresses. However, Matheson has ensured that Kate’s outfit still has a bit of a cosmic touch. She wears a set of rings with small constellations, made by Beirut jeweler Selim Mouzannar.
President Orlean ( Meryl Streep) : Meryl Streep’s suit was made by Armani. Fortunately, Armani has a factory in one of the only regions of Italy that was not subject to widespread shutdowns during the early stages of the pandemic. She wore red at the meeting in the Oval Office to mark Randall and Kate’s entry into Hell.
Streep’s outfit is geared towards an overly patriotic style. Her image is always a combination of red, white and blue. At the same time, she also wears classic or custom lapel accessories by jeweler Larry Vrba.
Jason Orlean (Jonah Hill): It was Jonah Hill who came up with the idea of his character always carrying a Birkin bag. He and the filmmakers think it’s particularly ludicrous and amusing—as the character carries nuclear code around in a $30,000 bag. Hill’s suit is also custom-tailored with fabric provided by Loro Piana.
Peter Isherwell ( Mark Rylance) : In the script, Peter Isherwell is described as someone you can’t tell whether he’s 40 or 80 years old. Matheson thinks Peter Isherwell is a version of Charon, the kind boatman on the Styx River in the Underworld, so he modeled Rylance after other tech billionaires, even giving him the correct Brioni bomber jacket. gray that Google CEO Sundar Pichai once wore to a conference. The Canali sweater that Isherwell wore during the presentation had a subtle pattern similar to that of an electrical panel or circuit board.
Brie Evantee (Cate Blanchett): Matheson dressed Cate Blanchett in Roland Mouret during scenes for The Daily Rip. The suede jacket and suit are by Tom Ford, and the red and black evening gown is by Armani.
Riley Bina and DJ Chello (Ariana Grade and Scott Mescudi): The feather dress worn by Ariana Grande in the concert scene is outfit number 5 in Valentino’s Fall/Winter 2020 Haute Couture Collection. Susan Matheson was intrigued by the performance on the virtual catwalk designed for the collection, so she contacted Pierpaolo Piccioli, Creative Director of Valentino, and he agreed to lend the dress for the film production.
Grande’s outfit on The Daily Rip was also designed by Valentino. The final dress is a mix of both outfits, featuring boots, hair accessories and chokers to match with rock stud detailing on the dress. Mescudi’s wardrobe includes Gucci and his concert outfits designed by Armani Neve.
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