Michael Wilkinson, who was in charge of costume designing Breaking Dawn part 1 & Breaking Dawn Part 2, spilled about which designers he worked with for the second-to-last film of the franchise, Robert Pattinson’s shorts phobia, Kristen Stewart’s enviably taut physique and more!
MTV Style: How familiar are you with Twilight as a whole? Michael Wilkinson: You have to have been living under a rock not be the least bit familiar with these books, they’re so much a part of the public psyche of pop culture. You can know about them through mere absorption. That was part of the appeal of working on this for me—being involved with something that’s such an important franchise for so many people.
Let’s talk Rosalie. She has such a huge role in this movie. Yes! I was so glad for Nikki, it was a great opportunity for her so show what a great performer she is. She’s got such different tonalities, for the wedding she obviously has a different personality from Alice so we went for something very dramatic, floor-length with a very high slit up the leg and it catches that great hourglass silhouette. We looked at the poise of the movie stars of the ‘30s and ‘40s so they were our references.
Edward looked phenomenal in his tuxedo. Details on the boys please! We put a lot of work into that too because we wanted to have them display a special, made-to-order feel. We didn’t want people to feel like you could just go out and buy them.
Well, there’s nothing off-the-rack about any of this. [Laughs] No off-the-rack! Never. I drew up my ideal ideas for all the tuxedos. We wanted them to have a vintage feel, that sort of Edwardian turn-of-the-century vibe. Edward says, “I’ve been waiting a hundred years to marry you,” so we thought Alice would have fun riffing off of that.
But at the same time we didn’t want it to look theatrical, we wanted contemporary, young, and fresh. I drew up something that combined the lines of Edwardian formalwear and we made it up in beautiful contemporary Italian wools and gorgeous shirting materials. We had a fantastic collaboration with Brioni. Do you know Brioni, the wonderful Italian tailors?
Uh, seriously? Do I know Brioni? Obvi. Come on Michael… [Laughs] I’m sorry, of course you do. So I sent my drawings over to the incredible tailors at Brioni in Italy and they sent back these beautiful suits. That was a really fun.
Can we get onto a really important topic now? Um. Edward. IN SHORTS. Discuss. How crazy is that?
Insane! I’d never dreamt that I’d see the back of that man’s knee. There’s going to be so many inches of journalism written about this.
It’s breaking news. It’s MAJOR. It’s a challenge to put an Englishman in shorts.
And Robert Pattinson is an Englishmen. They have an instant freakout! I think it has to do with their public school uniforms that they wear as kids.
Access Hollywood caught up with Taylor Lautner at the “Aduction” junket, where he talked about being “blown away” after seeing Breaking Dawn Part 1 and he says that Bella, as a vampire, is “pretty hot, I’ve gotta admit it.”