Robert Pattinson and Kristen StewartThe much-anticipated Twilight movie—based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer—will bring the enthralling love story of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) to the big screen. With expectations high, costume designer Wendy Chuck took on the challenge of giving the characters the right look in the film. "My inspiration came mostly from the book and I tried to recreate in my minds eye what I saw when I read it," she says. Their looks, because of the budget for the film are all from a mix of stores like Loehmann's, Nordstrom Rack, Internet outlets and local Portland, OR, shops. "The only high-end item was Edward's Gucci jacket for the prom," she says.
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Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Jackson RathboneA peak into Forks High School reveals Emmett (Kellan Lutz), Rosalie (Nikki Reed), Alice (Ashley Greene) and Jasper (Jackson Rathbone) as perpetual teenagers trying to fit in despite their unique beauty and mysterious connection with each other. "Alice is the kooky, artistic one in the book so there's a lot that's inspired by vintage," says Chuck. "I used a lot from G-Star for Jasper, he's wearing a G-star jacket and Levi's and always has Western boots on."
Robert PattinsonBreaking away from his first blockbuster role as Cedric in Harry Potter, Robert Pattinson's portrayal of Edward is the keystone to the film. His style is formed by a mix of American Apparel T-shirts, jackets from G-Star, H&M shirts, Chimala jeans, and A-life sneakers or vintage boots. "You see blues and grays for the Cullens," she says. "My original idea was to keep their palate light but we found that darker colors enhanced their vampire makeup."
Kristen StewartThe fragile object of Edwards' affection, Bella Swan (here in Lucky), is played by Kristen Stewart. "She's a warmer character and I wanted that to go against the cold, dampness of the background," says Chuck of balancing Bella with the dark world of the Cullens and gray weather of the Pacific Northwest setting. "As she gets involved with the Cullens her wardrobe progresses to cooler blues and gray blues and some romantic elements like the floral embroidery on her shirts."
Nikki Reed and Kellan LutzDefined by their intimidating gracefulness and beauty, Rosalie (in a Guess jacket with Miss Sixty jeans) and Emmett display a polished look while maintaining their high school cover. Instead of going for the stereotypical goth looks for the vampires, Chuck says, "We avoided black completely." Instead she gravitated towards cool blue and gray tones to convey death and iciness.
Kristen Stewart and Robert PattinsonA tight budget, filming in rainy Oregon and unique characters created a challenge for Chuck to find the right pieces and in some cases she had to improvise. For example the gray jacket Edward wears in the film was custom-made. "My job is less about putting clothes together and more about solving problems. Twilight has such great characters, though, which made creating the looks really fun," she says.
Edi Gathegi and Rachelle LefevreThe nomad vampires Laurent (Edi Gathegi), James (Cam Giganet) and Victoria (Rachelle Lefevre) have a cold mysterious feel equal to the Cullens, but a much darker aura as well. "The nomads are a separate deal," says Chuck. "The influence was rock and roll, bad-ass vampires."
Cam GigandetDeparting slightly from the book, Chuck found a way to portray the nomads evil side through their wardrobe. "We came up with the idea that they are scavengers and take clothes from their kill," she says. "There are bits and pieces from the kills and the rest we just put together in a tough, random way."
Kristen Stewart and Robert PattinsonAll the characters blend into their Pacific Northwest setting—even the Cullen family. "We look essentially like normal people but just a little bit odd," says Pattinson. "You can't really go to some school in the middle of a little town in Washington wearing Prada."