Magazine article Variety

Synchronicity Doesn't Happen Accidentally

Magazine article Variety

Synchronicity Doesn't Happen Accidentally

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In her 23-year career in costume design, Mary Zophres has worked for the biggest directors in the business, outfitting all manner of stars on their films. Having garnered her second Oscar nomination for her work on "La La Land," Zophres spoke with Variety about inspirations for the film, her long-term collaboration with the Coen brothers, and George Clooney messing around with his outfit on the "Hail, Caesar!" set. will thorne

"La La Land" was inspired by old Hollywood and French musicals; did you apply similar techniques that they used back then to your costume design for the movie?

I wasn't around in the heyday of Hollywood, but I'm sure they had conversations like the ones we had [when they were making] movies like "Young Girls of Rochefort," because the synchronicity of the shots and the dance numbers and the color, it doesn't happen accidentally. But we had the advantage of modern technology because when we find the right fabric, we can just email it to the art department to demonstrate the desired color. Making it was fast and furious and magical, and I think it shows in the final product. There was a synchronicity of the art and other departments that was definitely on purpose. …

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