LA Times Interviews “Deathly Hallows” Costume Designer About the Wedding Scene


Oct 22, 2010

Posted by Mel

Jany Temime, costume designer for “Deathly Hallows” (as well as “PoA,” “GoF,” “OotP,” and “HBP”) has spoken to the LA Times about the costumes in the wedding scene. Temime comments on the mood of that scene, and how it’s the “last joyous moment in the franchise with all the battles, destruction and loss that follow”:

“The film is so dark and the beginning of the really dark time,
and it was the last opportunity to have something light and warm and
funny and the last light tone before all the darkness’ Temime
said. “The terrible time follows. So it was very nice for us to give it
the maximum. It’s like when you look at pictures of weddings right
before the war. They look happy but there’s the edge to it, too. Like if
you saw the film ˜The Deer Hunter’ and they had that
wedding before everything got so dramatic. They are embracing life. When
you are almost sure you are going to lose your life, you appreciate the
moment and you live for the moment. That was my approach to that
wedding scene of ours. Everyone is trying to get the maximum.”

Temime also discusses the design inspiration for Fleur’s wedding dress:

“For the wedding dress, I wanted it to be a witch wedding dress but not a
Halloween dress. The dress is white but it needed to have something
fantastic to it. So there is the phoenix [motif], the bird, which is a
symbol of love in a way because there is rebirth, love never dies, it
is born again. So we have that in front of the dress to give a feeling
of eternal love. It was the symbol of Dumbledore, too, but it is the
symbol of love for the dress.”

Additionally, Temime comments on the overall aspects of creating costumes for witches and wizards:

“It’s a world parallel to us, it’s a secret society living next to the other world, our world.
They have their way and their own culture but they cannot ignore the
real world, they are next to it always. They constantly have access to
it. So I looked at extreme cultures, or the fringe or the outsiders. Any
parallel society, like the gypsies or political groups on the edge.
They have their own way of doing things but they also live in 2010 and
they cannot ignore what they see. So they have their pointed hats and
their long robes and they have their couture, but they also have blue
jeans. They have their traditions but they cannot ignore the modern

You can see the rest of the article here. Thanks to Jamie for the tip!

22 Responses to LA Times Interviews “Deathly Hallows” Costume Designer About the Wedding Scene

Avatar Imagehalfbloodprincesss says: first! i'm excited to see the dresses&dress robes, hermione's isn't the lilac dress that she had on in the book, but i think they'll all look brilliant just the sameAvatar ImageFresca says: They are going to strike just the right note in the wedding scene. Fleur's dress will be beautiful, and this scene is indeed the beginning of the dark times. Avatar ImagePolka Square says: i wonder how FLeur's dress is gonna look.Avatar ImageFilthyMudblood___ says: So awesome! This just makes me even more excited to see DH!!!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Sounds great! Fleur's dress sounds beautiful!Avatar Imageinesifran says: I don't know, the costumes have been the worst part of the movies (soooo diferent from what JKR describes on the books). But hopefully Fleur's dress is gonna be nice. What I reeeeeeeeeeeally want is to see Molly dressed like a lady, for once (I hope they gave her a beatiful dress)Avatar Imagebettb says: The recently posted picture(s) of the reception tables in the big tent show how stylish and colorful the wedding is going to be... I'm glad they aren't going with plain old white for everything!Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: I'm very excited to see the wedding scene! So far it all looks wonderful! Fleur's wedding dress looks beautiful!Avatar ImageMissHermione says: I cant wait to see fleurs dress!Avatar Imagejoeys_mommy says: I am so looking forward to the wedding scene. I love in the trailer How Haryr runs for Ginny and gets pusghed back by Lupin!Avatar ImageSindi says: Sounds beautiful :)Avatar ImageSindi says: Sounds beautiful :)Avatar ImageExpectoPatronum512 says: awesome!Avatar ImageEeyore says: It looks beautiful in the pictures, but I wish they would stick with the colors that JKR describes. There are some of us who read the books with an eye on literary alchemy. Everything about the wedding (in the book) is gold and white and that's an important point. to have it be lavender just misses the rich imagery that JKR put in there. And why does Hermione end up in a red dress? It's a bold color but also harsh and somehow doesn't fit, imo. Maybe it's so we can more easily follow her in the crowds when they get to London. I was glad to see a photo of Luna in yellow, however. That's something.Avatar ImageHagiographer13 says: BTW, this is part of a series of articles the LA TIMES will have in the run-up to DH1 opening in their "Hero Complex" feature. If you click the link above you can follow the series. Or use the address: Good stuff! --Jamie aka Hagiographer13Avatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: I think Jany Temime has done a wonderful job for the films. I don't think it would have worked if they had kept to the descriptions of the costumes in the books. Everyone would have been wearing long robes with slightly different details, and the cinema-goer (not necessarily being a wizard) wouldn't have been able to read the clues to character. I think she and other members of the design team deserve a big round of applause.Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: I cant wait to see fleurs dress!Avatar ImageYodatheHobbit says: Why is everyone waiting for or wondering what Fleur's dress is going to look like? hahaha. There are a bunch of pictures of it online.Avatar Imagehewy says: Love her approach to the costumes. Thinking of parallel societies and outsiders and their approach to the "norm" of the day. She has done a great job through out all the pictures she has worked on. Job well done!!!!!!Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: very overlooked jobAvatar ImagePipes says: This is a very lovely dress. Although I'm afraid I have seen this before. It is just all to similar to a Alexander Mcqueen's Fall 2008 RTW dress. Kind of takes away from the "magic" if you will. Not sure they had the rights to this design either, because it is strikingly similar. Surprised it hasn't been talked about yet. ... fourth row.Avatar Imagehonigmuffin says: The wedding dress is really beautiful.

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