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Eva Green's subtle bird outfit influences for Miss Peregrine

Published 04/10/2016

Eva Green
Eva Green

Costume designer Colleen Atwood found it a challenge to dress an invisible boy in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

Eva Green channelled her inner bird in “spiky” costumes while playing Miss Peregrine.

Three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood worked with director Tim Burton on his new film Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, with Eva taking on the title role of the quirky teacher who can turn into a Peregrine falcon. To reflect her character’s strong personality, as well as her magical ability, Colleen and Eva decided to subtly bring the animal to life through her outfits.

“Eva and I talked and we decided it would be great to have her shoulder be a pointed shoulder, and she felt like the character was kind of spiky anyway,” Colleen told “So we did a pointed shoulder and an elongated, almost Edwardian shape to the jacket, with little points in the back that are sort of like bird tail feathers...

"I was trying to get a feeling of air and the bird quality without screaming ‘bird’ or doing it in a bird print or something, and then inside the box pleat at the shoulder is an embroidered feather.”

Colleen has worked with Tim on a number of occasions and describes each collaboration as a “special journey”, explaining that they try to make every new occasion more exciting than the last.

This time round the designer was faced with an entirely new challenge of creating a costume for an invisible character, played by young actor Cameron King.

“Well it's hard to visualise, ‘Okay, what part of him is visible?’ and then we realised we should definitely put a hat on him because you wouldn't know where his head was,” she smiled. “By trial and error you sort of get what works movement-wise, and what we did is, we had the costume and then we had this weird wire stand so the other kids knew where he was and they weren't walking through him.”

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