EW: The Costume Process in Eclipse

EW had a chat with designer Tish Monaghan on how the clothing has evolved in the third movie. Tish Monaghan was also the costume designer on New Moon, whereas Wendy Chuck was the designer for Twilight.

• Robert Pattinson wanted to wear karate pants for the training sequence. “So we got him some karate pants, and it’s like the crotch hangs down to the knees, and I just thought, Ugh. Who’s gonna go for this? Because everything has to be approved by Summit,” Monaghan says. “We took them in a little bit, and they loved the karate pants. Who knew? I was so surprised.”

• Even at the film’s premiere, people squealed when Taylor Lautner turned around in that black T-shirt. “It was almost embarrassing. I felt so bad for him,” Monaghan says, with a laugh. “They were screaming and going ‘Wooooo!’” As she’d done on New Moon, her M.O. was to put him in smaller size Gap or Banana Republic T-shirts to emphasize his biceps, tightening the tees around the arm holes and taking them in down the side. (Pattinson wore Gap T-shirts, exclusively, she adds. “They were what fit him best. They had the best colors. So that’s what he ended up wearing, even when Edward takes Bella up to the tent. It may strike people as odd, but he doesn’t feel temperature, so that’s why we only put him in a shirt, and Bella’s all bundled up, and Jacob, of course, is running around shirtless.”

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  1. Jill Whitifeld says:

    I liked Wendy Chuck’s choices better !

  2. If only they would stop dressing Alice like a Golden Girl. Could they make her any dowdier?

  3. I loved how the Cullens were dressed. Robward looked really hot in this scene!!

  4. mek mek says:

    i think the outfits were way better than new moon, now thats when they made alice look like a golden girl lol which is funny because in BD it tells you that she the fashiony one who only lets them wear an outfit once.

  5. Lori Ericson says:

    I liked Wendy’s choices better too, they are supposed to be cutting edge in fashion because of Alice and they spend tons of money on clothes. Edward should not have been wearing Gap clothes.

  6. Quite interesting the amount of time and work she puts into creating authentic costumes, but I do have one question – whose bright idea was it to have Bella wearing a chambrey type shirt and the same old jeans she always wears to the graduation party. Did Monaghan not read the part in the book where Bella is so distraught bcuz she doesn’t like anything she has and Alice saves the day by buying a dark blue sweater and skirt ensemble (dark blue being Edward’s favorite color on Bella) and Bella being so happy and grateful to Alice for her thoughtfulness. What was the thinking (or lack of thinking) in that decision?

  7. This also makes me very nervous about Monaghan being in charge of BD and Bella’s wedding dress since she apparently doesn’t seem to care as much about what Bella wears as she does the ancient Quilette tribe.

  8. i loved the new style

  9. I think Tish Monaghan has, quite honestly, dropped the ball in many aspects. There were moments (like the graduation party) where Bella was wearing nothing closely resembling what she wore in the book in that moment. Also, who knows what amount of input KStew may have.

    With all that said, I think the choices for the Victoria chace in the beginning, the fight training, and the end battle for the Cullens was on target.

  10. I just find it totally hilarious that Rob wanted to wear karate pants. I can picture that conversation so well. What a goofy guy.

  11. I agree with most of the above comments. Twilight costuming was WAY better. Except I never pictured Edward wearing regular t-shirts…he’s always described as looking very, very nice in his fashionable clothes.

    I did love the Cullen look in the workout scene. Loved Rosalie’s hair in braids. So much better than just loose and very obviously a wig. The makeup in Eclipse was far better than in any others, at least where the Cullens are concerned.

  12. Umpteenth Twifan says:

    Oh, if only they’d paid as much attention to detail w/ the (craptastic) wigs!! One thing that bugged me at the end was, after Bella practically froze to death the night before, and it’s still snowing the next day, she’s in a light shirt w/ no hat, gloves, or coat? In the book, didn’t they stock up on outdoor gear for her at Newton’s Outfitters? Just seems like detail that could’ve been easily captured.

    And yes – how Alice was dressed in NM was an absolute travesty.

  13. For the most part, I was fine with the costume choices in EC and in NM. I’m also okay with the Gap shirts that Edward wears. I think it would look strange if he were wearing anything too expensive-like Armani or Gucci-to high school. It would set them apart too much, and the Cullens are supposed to try and blend in. I think it’s so funny that Rob got to wear his karate pants in that scene. I actually liked them!

    What I didn’t understand was why they chose that mess of an outfit for Bella at graduation! Changing things for the movie is one thing, but that didn’t even make sense. Why would Bella ever wear jeans and a button down to graduation?! I know Bella’s character isn’t a fashionista, but what they had her in was kind of silly. I can’t figure out why they hit the mark with everybody else but made Bella look so dowdy?

  14. I love the fight scene in Eclipse also the new wolf girl.

  15. I’ve been SO DISAPPOINTED in the Twilight costuming in NM & EC. From the Victorian frock coat in NM to the women in their underwear in Jasper’s flashback in EC, Tish Monaghan has been off the mark.

    The books describe Edward as dressing in white dress shirts, always looking like a model, very well put together. Instead she’s got this idea that all the Cullens must wear blue for everything. He dresses in crappy looking t-shirts.

    My great-grandfather was born about 5 yrs before Edward was supposed to be born and I look at how he kept a bit of formality in his dress until the day he died at 83. He wore white dress shirts and ties. He wore a blue or black suit. He wore dress shoes with laces that tied. It shouldn’t be hard to take that image and translate it to a perpetual 17 yr old in 2010.

    Bella’s outfit at graduation was just a travesty. It’s not like this was the first movie with little budget for clothing. (I missed Edward’s leather jacket in the Port Angeles rescue/dinner scene, too, but they didn’t have the budget for leather.)

    Oh, and then I read Ms Monaghan decided she liked the look of the red sash flowing in the breeze as Jasper road along, so she put him out of uniform to use it. Never mind that it was supposed to be wrapped around his waist on the INSIDE of his coat like a cumberbund.

    I shudder to think what she’ll do to the wedding dress.

  16. Jacqueline Jones says:

    How about in EC when Jasper was at Galveston and was surrounded by mountains? I’m from that area and there aren’t any mountains, never were.


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