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Katherine Waterston’s vintage pyjamas inspired Fantastic Beasts costume

Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol have sung the praises of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them costume designer Colleen Atwood

Katherine Waterston managed to give her Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them character a “personal” touch by wearing pyjamas based on a pair she owns.

The American actress stars in the fantasy movie as witch Porpentina ‘Tina’ Goldstein, who must help wizard Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) catch magical creatures as a dark power takes a hold of 1920s’ New York City. Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood created the beautiful outfits worn in the film, though one particular ensemble was down to Katherine herself.

“I showed Colleen a pair of my own pyjamas that are vintage and she copied them and tweaked the sleeves to make them longer and they were in the film,” the star smiled to “That felt so personal to me because they were basically my pyjamas.”

The brunette beauty praises Colleen for her collaborative approach and her ability to make costumes that contribute to the performance as well as the story. Furthermore, Katherine insists she didn’t fully understand her bewitching alter ego Tina until she slipped into her wardrobe.

Fellow castmember Alison Sudol, who plays Katherine’s onscreen sister Queenie, also loved a particular part of Colleen’s work, adding: “She made our shoes which were amazing. I had quite high-heeled shoes and had to run along a lot of cobbled-stoned streets – they were brilliant.”

There was a lot of fun to be had on set, especially when Dan Fogler, who plays non-magical Jacob Kowalski, was involved. Katherine loved listening to his “spells” to help boost performances, sharing them with the publication.

“He had after lunch spells on set like 'Leonardo Decaffeinate' if you had too much energy and male and female 'act better' spells like 'Catherine Hepurnicus' which would make you a brilliant actress and 'Sir Lawrence Oliviate' for male actors,” she grinned. “They kept you going when you'd been up since 5am.”

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