Meet the Costume Designer You Never Knew You Knew
You know when you're watching a movie and you wish you could "tap for credits"? Let's take Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face. Where can I get all those dresses? The costumers who work on fashionable films, music videos, and television shows have made some of the most memorable images to date (and yes, this includes Anne Hathaway's Chanel beret moment in The Devil Wears Prada).
Enter Nancy Steiner: the woman responsible for pretty much all of your favorite film and music video looks. If you don’t know her name yet, you’ve been sleeping. The leotard Abigail Breslin wore in Little Miss Sunshine? Her selection. The polka- dot dress in No Doubt’s "Don’t Speak" music video? Well, that actually came directly from her closet.
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To pump us up for her newest project, the highly anticipated Twin Peaks redux next year, we spoke to Steiner about her six most memorable projects. Scroll down below for all the costume details, straight from Steiner herself.
The Virgin Suicides, starring Josh Hartnett and Kirsten Dunst, 1999
"There were so many highlights! That yellow scarf that Leslie wore when the girls came out to protect the tree from getting cut down in front of their house. I thought it would reflect an element of comfort, especially worn with their nightgowns.
For the prom dresses, we actually made them with material I found in a local shop. And of course Trip's burgundy velvet suit that I designed so he could stand out from the other boys, how could I ever forget that?"
Lost In Translation, starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, 2003
"That orange camouflage T-shirt that Bob wears [in the film] had to be ordered from the U.S since I couldn't find anything in Bill Murray's size in Japan."
Little Miss Sunshine, starring Abigail Breslin, 2006
"Olive's pageant costume … the breakaway suit! In the script, her grandpa helps her come up with the idea based on striptease outfits. I made it [appear] old-fashioned compared to the other glitzy girls."
"Don't Speak," No Doubt, 1995
"This was the first of three videos I did with No Doubt. Gwen didn’t really wear dresses back then and I had to talk her into wearing that 1940s polka-dotted dress. I personally wore a lot of those dresses back then and I think it may have even come directly from my closet!"
"Tonight Tonight," The Smashing Pumpkins, 1995
"This was a dream project for me from the Victorian-inspiration to the experience of staying up all night to paint the 'Moon Men' costumes—green unitards with foam craters. For the other costumes, we actually rented basic items and added trim. It was very much a DIY sort of video."
"Come as You Are," Nirvana, 1991
"This was my first time working with the band so I didn’t really know what to expect. I thrifted a bunch of clothes and they picked [out] what they liked. Kurt wore his own T-shirt and jeans and then selected the green grandpa sweater, which subsequently went on to become his trademark."