I came across an interesting article last week on someone else's blog and for the life of me I can't find the link now - I thought I tucked it away for safekeeping but I think blogger was hitting the bong, got some late night munchies, and ate it! If you posted this last week and I left a comment lemme know - I always like to give credit where it's due! [Update! It was Two TwiGurls who hooked me up with this article - check them out! - and thanks, TwiGurls!] Because I would have missed this... And frankly, I think it's priceless because it's an interview with Tish Monaghan, the person responsible for what I consider to be some lame, inexplicable, and outright ugly wardrobe choices in New Moon. And because it doesn't point out the fact that a lot of the wardrobe s-u-c-k-e-d, I thought I would take that ball and run with it myself... In fact, I'll just focus on the outfits in the birthday scene and have more than enough to discuss!
Here's a snippet from the interview (you can read the rest here) -
You have to immediately like a costume designer who’ll admit that she’s wearing sweatpants while chatting with you from her Vancouver home. We phoned Tish Monaghan, who took over styling duties for The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Eclipse, to talk about how Edward ended up in a suit, why Jacob’s muscles are bulging through his shirt (when he actually wears one), what department mandated that the wolf pack’s jean shorts be extra tight, and more. [Note from JJ: Actually, I'm wondering why on earth anyone would hire a costume designer who even owned a pair of sweatpants, much less actually wore them. You wear sweatpants when you have your period or are about to die - not to chat on the phone with a magazine.]
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Anyone who’s listened to the Twilight DVD commentary knows that Robert Pattinson wasn’t a fan of Edward’s pea coat.
TISH MONAGHAN: He wasn’t a fan of the pea coat. He wore it in virtually every scene, and I think maybe he just got tired of it. I’m guessing. [Laughs] He just wanted a more mature look. That was part of Edward’s Grade 11 year, and now he’s getting into his graduation year, he’s in a relationship. He had worn hoodies and jeans and sneakers, and Robert, the director [Chris Weitz], and I all wanted to portray him more as a gentleman, more elegant and classic. With our vampire characters, I always went back to the time period in which they were turned to see if there’s any element I could try to simulate in contemporary clothing. He came out of the Edwardian period, around 1910. Of course, most of the gentleman from that time would be wearing suits, coats, hats, etc. We had to pick something that was iconic for the character that would suffice to be used throughout the whole film. At the very beginning of the film, he has one school outfit, and then there’s Bella’s birthday party and disaster strikes. So Edward ends up in that same costume for the remainder of the film. I was thinking of just putting him in a dress shirt and a pair of pants, but Robert wanted to be in a suit.
Sooooooo... apparently Robert Pattinson gets to take some responsibility for the suit. OK, fine - but this is the dude who thought "Better hold on tight, spider monkey!" was a good line and we've ALL seen what his personal wardrobe looks like! While I admire him for staying true to himself and not changing his hobolicious ways by donning the scads of designer clothes that could be his were he to just nod his large and very photogenic jaw in their general direction, it occurs to me (but didn't to Tish, apparently) that maybe he isn't the best person to ask for fashion advice. We love him, but he can't even button his shirt right most days.
This part in particular really irks me (won't SOMEONE please read the books? I am still available to be the on-set book-fact-check-lackey, ok?):
With our vampire characters, I always went back to the time period in which they were turned to see if there’s any element I could try to simulate in contemporary clothing.
Without going too far down the book-vs.-movie rabbit hole, wha-wha-WHAAAA?! Stephenie Meyer spent a lot of time describing the Cullen's wardrobe. And nowhere - to the best of my shoddy recollection of the half-dozen-ish times I've read the saga - is there any mention made of someone dressing in an "Old World" style that hearkens back to the time they were turned. Off the top of my head the only thing that comes to mind is that Bella's wedding dress is a modern interpretation of a style that would have been "in" in Edward's pre-vamp days (another thing to potentially fear in Breaking Dawn - eek!). In fact, I'd say the opposite is true: everyone dresses to perfection in amazing clothes that are never worn more than once. Bella does laundry a LOT in the saga... the Cullens? Er, not so much... They don't get too flashy (unless there's a party - then watch out!) - just elegant and expensive. Cashmere sweaters. Chinos. Button-down shirts. Buttery-soft leather jackets.
Going to the prom? Fine - bust out the suits! Going to your parent's house to celebrate your human sweetie's 18th birthday with the rest of the fam? I don't care if you're an obscenely wealthy 109-year-old vampire: you're probably not wearing a suit. The rest of the birthday outfits didn't fare much better. Except for Bella's - her outfit was PERFECT and I am not just saying that because I bought that dress and have a cute little black shrug/sweater and shoes to go with it - swear!
Ah Rosalie - this makes my pre-Twilight obsessed-with-makeover-shows self cringe. Sorry, but those spaghetti straps = meh. Not to mention the asymmetrical hem and clunky black pumps are not working (check the pic below - did they raid Stevie Nicks' closet?).
And Carlisle - sweet, sweet Carlisle. Fine, you have to look like the family patriarch. I get it. And you do! You're older than most of the cast even though Carlisle wasn't supposed to look much older than his twenties. But did I miss the part where patriarchs are designated by the wearing of scarves and multiple odd layers around the neck? He was so scarf-happy in this movie that I was left wondering if maybe he didn't have such a profusion of hickeys that left the wardrobe folk with no choice but to cover that shit up (Jennie Garth, I've seen the way you two look at each other...).