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GLASS

The Costumes
Purple, Green and Gold
Designing a Perfect Palette

One of the greatest challenges facing costume designer Paco Delgado was merging the palettes and visual styles of two movies made 16 years apart, and to also create an aesthetic specific to Glass. "We are mixing two different stories: the story that was told in Unbreakable and the story that was told in Split," Delgado says. "That's complex because you have to stick with a certain palette. Historically, each character has a distinct wardrobe color. David Dunn wears green, Mr. Glass is purple, and The Horde is yellow. So for Glass, we had taken all three colors from all the movie palettes. And that means you end up with a limited palette for the rest of the characters in the film. On the positive side, it gives you a very clear color path to follow."

"We have these characters who, apart from being superheroes, lead normal lives. We tried to find the balance where the superhero starts and where the human being finishes. It's two sides of the same character. For example, when we want to dress David Dunn, we stick with the green palette, but it's much more subtle than when he's wearing the green poncho. It's the same for the other characters."

Those three colors - green, purple and yellow - extended into the looks of each man's family member or surrogate family member. This created a visual connection between David Dunn and his son, between Price and his mother, and between Crumb and Casey Cooke. The key was to do it in a way that felt organic and subtle. "Obviously these family members are not superheroes, so the color identification for each is not as strong," Delgado says.

Delgado and his team also had to solve a little water problem. There's quite a lot of it in Glass, and that restricted which fabrics they could use, particularly for David Dunn. "Water is his kryptonite; it's the only way that this character can be defeated," Delgado says. "So you need to work with materials that don't get ruined by water. That was great, in a way, because we were able to work with certain images - like raincoats and things like that - that are sort of magical."

And one of the best side benefits of working with actors who have all played their characters before was that they brought their own ideas to some of the clothing and accessories. For one scene, Delgado had dressed Jackson's Elijah Price in a cravat pierced with a pin, but Delgado felt the pin wasn't working. "Then Sam said, 'Why don't you create a pin with the initials of my name: Mr. Glass?' So we made this pin with 'MG,' in diamonds. I loved that idea."

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