Want to know more about the Incredibles 2 costumes? Check out these awesome lessons learned about style (and animation design) during a “No Capes” presentation from three talented Pixar artists, designers, and costume extraordinaires.
I was provided with an all-inclusive trip and visit to Pixar Animation Studios by Disney/Pixar as part of the Incredibles 2 Event. All opinions and thoughts are 100% honest and my own.
During my recent visit to the Pixar Animation Studios for the Incredibles 2 Event, I had the chance to do something incredible, okay a lot of incredible things. But this was one of the most incredible things we did, probably my favorite presentation of the entire event!
We got to interview three women responsible for the costuming and character designs in Incredibles 2.
And I wish there was some way to transport you back in time with me to be in the room with these women. So much energy, so much creativity, and so much admiration (coming from me and the other bloggers in the room).
I’ll be honest – I never even thought about the fact that an animated film needed costume designers. But before I went to Pixar, there were a lot of things I didn’t think about with animated films.
This is just the first of a number of interviews I get to write about over the next few weeks that absolutely blew my mind. I’ll never look at animation the same way again.
And hopefully after reading this post and the others that are coming soon, you won’t either. You’ll understand what an incredible creative machine Pixar Animation Studios really is. In a good way.
For this presentation, we heard from character artist Deanna Marsigliese (maybe the cutest woman ever), Shading Art Director Bryn Imagire, and Tailoring Lead Fran Kalal. Their passion for fashion was almost tangible.
When Deanna said that creating costumes for animation is as hard if not harder than creating costumes for live action films at first I didn’t believe her. Then she proved it. Slide after slide of research they did, sketches they did, an entire Edna Mode fashion line they created that never made it into the movie – it was all the proof I needed.
Not only did I learn a lot about the process for creating character (both main and secondary) costumes but also a lot about style and fashion in general. And of course I’m going to share details from the brand new Incredibles 2 costumes but also those lessons I took away from learning about animated costume design!
Six Style Lessons Learned from the Incredibles 2 Costumes Team
1 – Your costume or clothing says something about you. Make it say what you want it to say.
The costumes and clothing in Incredibles 2 say everything about the characters wearing them and this was done on purpose, with full intention. Just a few examples.
Edna’s clothing is bold, dramatic, and heroic. Everything about her outfits tells us exactly who she is. And as always, no capes.
The newcomer Evelyn Deavor’s costume represents everything she represents – a career oriented women who is rich, designer, yet still relaxed and bohemian.
Elastigirl’s clothing and costumes were inspired by fabulous career oriented women like Mary Tyler Moore, Audrey Hepburn, and Marilyn Monroe. It’s a perfect fit for Mrs. Incredible returning to the workplace and focusing on her career during this movie while Bob takes care of the kids at home. And her new costume is darker and less conspicuous to fit with her new job.
Dash wears the same t-shirt throughout the film just reimagined with different patterns and colors – all within the Incredibles 2 theme. It’s part of who he is.
Violet is the only one who doesn’t really fit into the mid-century fashion. The designers said her character just doesn’t feel mid-century so they went with more of a contemporary look with sweaters, Keds, and cuffed jeans.
And we can’t forget Jack Jack – watch the film closely and you’ll see that Jack Jack is only in a diaper, never dressed, when he’s with Bob. He’s only in clothes when Helen is home. Read that one however you want!
Each character is designed to fit their personality, their style, and the voice that they are supposed to have in this movie. Our own personal style and fashion choices do the same, whether we want them to or not.
2 – Do your fashion research.
Not sure what you want your style to say about you? Take a page out of the Pixar team’s book and research style choices of people who have said or are saying what you want to say. Who are some celebrities or people that seem to share your voice? See what they’re wearing and how their style speaks for them. Then make it your own.
I can’t even tell you how much research the Pixar costume teams did for this movie. They looked at everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Paul Newman to figure out what would make sense for these characters to wear in the story they were trying to tell. Then they used their talents to turn that inspiration into new designs.
When you see Evelyn Deavor in the film, I bet you can see how Patti Smith’s blurring gender lines with pants + men’s shirts influenced costume decisions for Evelyn. So much research and so much inspiration.
3 – Even animators use mix & match wardrobes – why shouldn’t we?
One of the coolest things that the team showed us was how they created the costumes for the background characters in Incredibles 2. Because just like you have extras on a movie set, you have to have background extras in animated films too.
Rather than creating a brand new costume for each of the individual characters, they created a mix and match wardrobe. Then they used those mix and match pieces to create an entire cast of supporting background characters. Look for it when you watch Incredibles 2 this summer – all the background characters are wearing the same few pieces of clothing with changes to the colors, collar types, lengths, etc.
To create this amazing mix and match wardrobe, they used a new technology that let them create the outfits and then mold them to different distinct body types. By using this new technology, they created:
- 72 male background characteres out of 12 garments molded to six different body types
- 64 female background characters out of 20 garments molded to seven different body types
See how many of those different characters you can find in the movie!
I may not have cool technology to make clothes fit my body type better, but I do have a closet full of great mix and match pieces I can use to create a huge wardrobe! I think this may be the beginning of a mix and match capsule wardrobe for me!
4 – One silk isn’t the same as another silk.
When asked if they could take pieces or costumes they’d already designed for other movies to use for this movie, the answer was no. Why?
Because the silk in Incredibles 2 is going to be different than say the silk used in Pixar’s movie Up. It makes total sense when you think about it that way but until they explained it, I never even thought about it.
As the animation teams from Incredibles 2 reiterated numerous times during the Incredibles 2 Event, every piece in animation has to be created from scratch. Literally created through a crazy process I still don’t quite understand, one that starts with sketching out the designs.
After sketching comes creating digital copies of the costumes that both show how the piece will move and how it will look when it’s moving – like giving it actual instructions on how to move. We watched a demonstration of how Edna’s outfit in the new movie was animated, and I wish I could show you the differences between her outfit moving properly and moving stiffly. It’s something you might not notice unless you saw the two side by side, but those details are what makes Pixar a cut above the rest of the animation studios out there.
Taking this back to our own lives – a black t-shirt from Target isn’t going to fit the same or move the same as a black t-shirt from Loft. And I know because I’ve bought them both, actually used one from Target to make these Incredibles 2 shirts!
5 – Be innovative and try new things
There were so many changes made to the costumes and ways the characters look and move in Incredibles 2 because there is just new technology available now that wasn’t when Incredibles first came out years ago. These are just a few of the changes to look out for in the new film.
- The Incredibles 2 costumes are actual garments animated on top of characters instead of just the shading that was done in Incredibles. Watch how the costumes actually stretch and fit the characters so much better than in this movie.
- A brand new hair tool was created to handle everyone’s hair in this film (and the hair looks so much better)
- New technology was created to allow for the mixing and matching I mentioned above
Just like animation and technology are always evolving, so is fashion. Try new things, take chances, and add bold and different pieces to that mix and match wardrobe to create different styles and looks.
6 – You have to be willing to say no if something’s not right
Okay, so I’ll admit it, this one probably has a lot to do with the fact that I’m reading the book Essentialism right now and it keeps referencing getting rid of things from your closet if they don’t fit, don’t look good, etc.
But that being said – it’s still a good point to make and something that the Pixar team nailed on the head during their presentation.
It doesn’t matter how much you love something, how awesome it is, etc. If it’s not a good fit for you, the story you want to tell (or in their case the character’s story) or the big picture – just get rid of it. Deanna and the Pixar team created an entire mode fashion line with a model fashion show and everything (watch a sneak peek below), and it never made it into the film. It doesn’t matter how awesome the designs are, they weren’t right for the overall big picture and storyline.
I’ll be giving away a bohemian dress, a leather jacket, and a pair of hot pink pants tomorrow for the same reason – they don’t fit my story and the story I want to be telling when I walk out the door.
Incredibles 2 Tickets On Sale Now
Ready to go see Incredibles 2? Me too! Just over one month until the film hits theaters on June 15th and tickets are on sale today! While you’re waiting, check out this Incredibles family fun kit with The Incredibles coloring pages, printable games, and more! And Incredibles 2 is only one of the Disney movies 2018 is bringing us – so many amazing movies this year!
About Incredibles 2
Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.
Check out the Incredibles 2 poster and the teaser trailer below! Could Jack Jack be any cuter?
Release Date: June 15, 2018
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