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
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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