I by no means thought The Matrix would have the impression it has had on vogue. However from lengthy leather-based coats to so-called “Matrix-style” sun shades, the costumes I designed within the 90s proceed to have affect to today.
A part of the rationale they’re nonetheless within the ether is as a result of they have been so iconic. The silhouettes, for example, needed to be immediately recognisable in order that viewers might inform who every character was, even at midnight. The entire costumes are pretty resistant to interval, which is what makes them relatable, even now.
I at all times work from character when designing costumes. Trinity needs to maneuver by way of the world of the Matrix like quicksilver, so she wears shiny garments. Her costumes additionally needed to be figure-hugging as a result of she’s at all times getting herself in tight conditions, so she will’t have something that’s going to impede her motion.
Neo grew up within the Matrix, so when he will get the possibility to come back again and do some good – to fulfil his mission – he creates a superhero model of himself. I made Keanu’s coat in order that it appeared like a cross between an historical Chinese language gown and an ecclesiastical garment; I needed to emboss leather-based made at Libra Leather-based in New York Metropolis to make it appear to be crocodile.
The Matrix glasses, which have proved so well-liked to today, have been handmade by eyewear designer Richard Walker – I wished them to be particular and totally different. The producers wished a less expensive possibility. I put Richard’s prototypes along with some shop-bought glasses and let the administrators make the ultimate determination. I didn’t inform them which of them have been bespoke however, certain sufficient, Lana and Lilly [Wachowski] picked all those we made.
I believe perhaps the rationale persons are circling again to The Matrix now could be that the world is in a dire state of affairs, simply because it was within the universe of the movie. The characters have been sustaining themselves very minimally due to the shortage of sources – when somebody died, the others took their garments and remade them into one thing else for another person. It chimes with what’s taking place now when it comes to the rising emphasis on recycling garments and thrift procuring. It isn’t the time for ostentation on this planet, or in vogue.
Past vogue there are different parallels, similar to the present dialog across the local weather disaster. After all, when the primary Matrix got here out, nobody was speaking about that particularly, however what was taking place within the movie – people being oppressed so as to extract extra wealth on the expense of the planet – can be taking place on this planet right this moment.
Now, sadly, the type of chaos that was imagined within the movie is happening in actuality. Final 12 months, for instance, I used to be in California through the fires there. Now I’m in Sydney. Governments are all speaking about how the atmosphere is vital, however saying that preserving trade transferring is extra vital. That’s an enormous fear – the type of disaster that led to the world of The Matrix feels as if it could possibly be across the nook right here, too. If the continued curiosity within the movie, and its vogue, is a strategy to attain folks and wake them as much as that message, then I’m all for it.
As advised to Ellie Violet Bramley