Musical films are a popular genre in the film industry, and it is also one of the oldest forms of entertainment. Whether original productions or adaptations, both require extreme preparation and rigorous rehearsals. Unlike conventional dramas, musical films combine all artistic approaches such as singing, dancing, and acting.
One of the most important elements of musical films is costume design. Some pieces take a lot of time and effort to make, not to mention the attention to detail. Whether these costumes are extravagant or effortlessly chic, it doesn’t take away from the fact that these costumes play a vital role in bringing the characters to life.
La La Terre (2016)
The EarthThe visual aesthetic and overall production design are reminiscent of the old Hollywood era. It is chic, sophisticated and has a touch of the past. Part of the film’s success can be attributed to its costumes.
The clothes chosen were of timeless elegance and style. The color combinations have been clearly studied and particularly chosen for each musical number. Not only that, but each costume change also accompanies character development.
Into the Woods (2014)
As a musical film based on fairy tales, the amount of creativity put into costume design can range from basic to over the top. The film has a unique style, as does each costume. But still, they must keep the classic look of the characters.
From peasant garments to royal ball gowns, each garment is carefully crafted with attention to the smallest detail. Ultimately, costumes have to stand out, otherwise they defeat their purpose.
The Greatest Showman (2017)
The greatest showman was indeed a box office hit, surprising fans with an exciting and fresh take on circus entertainment. The concept of the musical film required so many interesting designs when it came to set productions, performances, and especially costumes.
So much hard work and time went into making the movie. About 800 costumes were used, and they all had to be done within a certain time frame.
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
Based on the French novel by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera combines refinement and elegance. The film had a plethora of costumes ranging from dresses to black suits to ballet dresses. Christine Daaé, the prima donna and lead actress, has several intricately designed dresses for each performance.
The Phantom also has specific costumes for each of his appearances. Indeed, the film boasts of glamor and grandeur when it comes to their fashion.
Les Miserables (2012)
For musical films based on historical events, it is normal that the costumes also represent the period and the people. Set during the French Revolution, Wretched is a very dramatic piece that requires so much care and consideration when it comes to designing the costumes.
Social class plays a huge role in the story, so the clothes had to make a statement and showcase each character based on their status in society as well as changes in their positions.