Designer Colleen Atwood Spills Tea on “Dumbledore’s Secret” Costume

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Award-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood has returned to the Wizarding World to weave her magic in Fantastic Beasts franchise. Through an exclusive with A.Frame, Atwood provides creative insight into costume choices for the three main characters in Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secret.

Fashion and costumes from Dumbledore’s Secret following the historical basis of the film’s setting, namely Europe in the 1930s. This was a time when womenswear was sleek with fluid satin and chiffon silhouettes, while menswear was classic suits made of wool and tweed. Atwood used this foundation and later took on some creative license, describing how the magic mode would be a little different from its Muggle counterpart.

For the character of Albus Dumbledore, Atwood chose a softer gray suit to reflect the color tone worn by the two actors who played Dumbledore in the film. Harry Potter films (Richard Harris and Michael Gambon). He also wanted Dumbledore to look approachable, and this was accomplished visually with a sumptuous cashmere cut.

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Atwood’s original sketch of the Albus Dumbledore costume with the final version of the film worn by Jude Law

For the character of Queenie Goldstein, Atwood showed off a hyperrealist variant of 1930s women’s fashion. To symbolize Queenie’s turn to the “dark side”, Atwood took the red tones from Queenie’s costumes in the previous films and saturated them with deeper gem tones.

This is a more serious and somber appearance. I don’t want to be like, ‘Oh, well, he’s dark skinned — so he’s going to be wearing black.’ I wanted it to still have wealth and something that reflects power, but in a different and more moody way.

Queenie Goldstein Costume Sketch

An original sketch of Atwood’s Queenie Goldstein costume is shown alongside the film’s final version, worn by Alison Sudol.

For the character of Jacob Kowalski, Atwood took his costumes from the previous films and made more of them “ordinary-ish person.” He used Shetlands and similar materials to give his costume more mass and substance, considering that actor Dan Fogler has lost weight since shooting the last film.

Jacob Kowalski Costume Sketch

An original sketch of Atwood’s Jacob Kowalski costume is shown alongside the film’s final version, worn by Dan Fogler

For Eulalie “Lally” Hicks, Atwood initially shows her in a ragged navy blue dress when she first appears before Jacob as an abused helpless woman. After that, however, Atwood wanted to accentuate the strong red and orange tones of Africa and did so for Lally’s tweed suit costume for the rest of the film.

Lally Hicks Costume Sketch

An original sketch of Atwood’s Lally Hicks costume is shown alongside the film’s final version, worn by Jessica Williams.

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