Magazine article Variety

Costume Designer Plays Matchmaker for 'Wonderstruck'

Magazine article Variety

Costume Designer Plays Matchmaker for 'Wonderstruck'

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Sandy powell wasn't just the costume designer for director Todd Haynes' "Wonderstruck." She actually helped get the project off the ground. "The whole film started with me introducing the script to Todd," Powell tells Variety.

The screenplay was written by her friend Brian Selznick and based on his illustrated book of the same name. Powell got to know the writer when she was working with Martin Scorsese on "Hugo," an adaptation of Selznick's book "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," though he didn't write the script for that film.

Powell was convinced that Haynes was the director who could best tell the visually imaginative story of "Wonderstruck," about two deaf children from different eras - Rose (Millicent Simmonds) in the 1920s and Ben (Oakes Fegley) in the 1970s - who run away to New York City in pursuit of lost connections.

The project marks Powell's fourth collaboration with Haynes; she was costume designer for "Carol," "Far From Heaven" and "Velvet Goldmine." She is also an executive producer of "Wonderstruck."

Some of her favorite scenes in "Wonderstruck" find the children arriving in Manhattan during their respective eras and becoming immersed in the hustle and bustle of the city. "It was a fun challenge to dress so many people and make it work for both periods, which were entirely different," Powell says.

While Rose steps into the Financial District during a prosperous time and is surrounded by well-heeled people in proper attire, Ben's introduction to the city is a seedy Port Authority Bus Terminal and Times Square filled with people wearing colorful, distinctive looks. …

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