I attended the #WrinkleInTimeEvent on behalf of Disney and ABC in Los Angeles 2/24-2/27. This post is part of the required content series, all opinions and experiences are my own.
An interview with A Wrinkle In Time Costume Designer Paco Delgado. A Wrinkle In Time is now playing in theaters across the nation!
While in Los Angeles for ‘A Wrinkle In Time‘ movie premiere we sat down for a Q&A with Costume Designer Paco Delgado, who worked on the costumes in the film. From the moment Paco sat down and began the interview, it was apparent he has a true passion for his work. The costumes were amazing and it was insightful to hear the thought process that went into making them. So what is the first step in the process? Paco says, “The first thing I always do is to read the script. There’s a lot of information in the script. You read thinks like ‘She wakes up in the morning. Or she goes and takes a bus’. There are really, really tiny things that they always tell you so you can understand things.”
Mrs. Which, Oprah’s Costumes
Oprah’s character was Mrs. Which. She was a warrior that was fighting in the universe against the forces of evil. Originally, she was a supernova that exploded and became all this energy. We knew Oprah’s character had to be energy.
Oprah’s dresses, they were complex, because we were using a lot of materials. I never have used them before. Like, a lot of plastics, and a lot of reflective metallic fabrics. We used metals, and glass beads, and a lot of things that I have never used. They were fiber optic as well. We wanted to play with energy.
Mrs. Whatsit, Reese’s Costumes
When Mrs. Whatsit was first introduced in the film, she donned a “fahionable” fitted bed sheets. As she traveled through the universe her costumes became colorful, fun and flowy. At one point as she transformed into what looked like a flying leaf, her colorful layered dress was removed piece by piece.
In this movie, these celestial beings or whatever you want to call them, they don’t wake up in the morning. They don’t have any porridge in the morning. You don’t really know what they are doing because basically, it’s like, they don’t behave like human beings.
Mrs. Who, Mindy’s Costumes
Mindy was this super librarian. So, I thought that all her dresses had to have layers of things like book pages. I wanted to see if it was possible to make something with paper. It was an ordeal to find the right paper. But we found these people in south LA that have this warehouse where they sell Japanese paper made by hand.
In the beginning we bought it in it’s raw stage. Then we tried to have our people who dyed materials try to see if they could dye it different colors. It dissolved. Then we found another vendor and then it worked. That piece took at least three or four weeks. Nothing in this movie took less than four weeks.
While Paco says his favorite costume to make was Mindy’s (Mrs. Who), he also speaks about tweaking the costumes to fit the personalities of the cast and give each costume a bit of individuality. “I normally try to work in very open ideas. “If” I think this man is a strong man, and he’s very clever – OR- this lady, she is very powerful, and she knows how to deal with all the problems in life.
I try to work that way. And then when you know the actor, everything is like an open book. I mean, you suddenly see the pictures. You see who she is, who he is.