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With a star-studded cast consisting of big names like Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, and Chris Pine and music composed by theatrical legend Stephen Sondheim, it's no surprise that Disney's newest film [Into the Woods](movie:342930) is the most buzzed about movie of the holiday season! The teases we've received so far have consisted of gorgeous set designs, incredible vocals, and noticeably beautiful costume design. And who exactly do we have to thank for creating these super vogue outfits?

Let's give it up for the costume design legend herself Colleen Atwood!

It's Colleen Atwood!
It's Colleen Atwood!

Anyone who knows anything about this three-time Academy Award winner definitely knows that she has quite the repertoire under her belt ranging from films like Silence of the Lambs to Planet of the Apes to Snow White and the Huntsman. Atwood has also proven her affinity for the dark and twisted by collaborating with Tim Burton for a whopping 10 of his films, many of which starred Burton's wife, Helena Bonham Carter, and his good friend Johnny Depp. Let's take a look see at some of Atwood's legendary work, shall we:

Sweeney Todd

Alice in Wonderland

Edward Scissorhands

Snow White and the Huntsman

As you can see, there is no question as to why Disney recruited Atwood for their latest project. For Pete's sake, look at how friggin' fabulous Meryl Streep looks!

Basically what I'm trying to say here is that Colleen Atwood is essentially one of the most amazing human beings in the entire universe and can make any piece of fabric look glamorous, and yet...

What the heck is up with Johnny Depp?

Two months ago, the long-awaited reveal of Depp's full Into the Woods costume caused quite a bit of stir on the Internet. People were confused, concerned, and frankly disappointed (I being one of them, which is saying something since I'm a huge Colleen Atwood fan). This looks nothing like the rest of the designs! What's up with the fuzzy fedora and suit? Did he raid Party City? Why does he have a mustache reminiscent of Salvador Dali?

Salvador Dali
Salvador Dali

Thankfully, Atwood has come to the rescue and put some of our worries to rest. In an interview with Vanity Fair, the designer explained that Depp, being an avid Tex Avery fan, suggested a zoot-suit inspired wolf look that would transform him into “a hip, big, bad wolf with a fedora and a zoot suit and a cat chain."

Wolf from Avery's MGM Cartoons
Wolf from Avery's MGM Cartoons

Atwood was apparently all for the idea and quickly went hard to work on creating the 50s inspired look. Essentially, according to Atwood, “The idea with the Wolf is that he is the Wolf of Little Red Riding Hood’s imagination, so we didn’t want to put Johnny in a wolf suit or give him a fur collar.”

The final suave product you see above is the result of a complicated process of translating photos of wool into fur embroidery, adding fur accents to every nook and cranny, utilizing a 1920s wig making technique, and gluing fake claws to Depp's hands!

Well, admittedly, I am still a bit skeptical about the Wolf's look, but seeing the process Colleen Atwood goes through to produce her beautiful creations makes me all the more excited to see Into the Woods this Christmas! Make sure to grab your family after opening Christmas presents and head on over to the nearest movie theater for some fairytale magic!


Did Atwood's explanation convince you, or do you still want to run away from this zoot suit wolf?



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