'Tenet' Costume Designer on How Clothes Reflect Characters' Personalities

‘Tenet’ Costume designer Jeffrey Kurland walks the audience through ‘Tenet’ characters look and style from Christopher Nolan’s time twisting film on Variety Artisans. With all the fuss Michael Caine and Elizabeth Debicki (Kat) made about The Protagonists clothes (John David Washington) suits and proper tailoring were always on the forefront of Kurland’s mind.

Neil (Robert Pattinson), whose suit is loosely fitted, and The Protagonist whose suit is perfectly tailored, look strikingly different when they are standing next to each other, which Kurland said was purposeful to mimic the characters’ individuality. Kat’s clothing is also coded with her character: Her conservative dress — sans flashy accessories — displays the root of her being, Kurland said.

But looks were not the only point of concern, as the action film dictated each outfit be adaptable to physicality. As a result, Washington’s suit was fitted with cardboard to accommodate fight sequences and ensure the suit did not move in an unflattering way.

“It’s hard work and it’s always thought provoking — there’s nothing simplistic about a Chris Nolan movie,” said Kurland, whose portfolio includes “Dunkirk,” “Inception” and “Erin Brockovich.” “But hard work is just so gratifying.”

This episode of Variety Artisans is presented by Hamilton Watches



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