How Film Noir Inspired the Costumes of ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’

Variety | 1/9/2020 | Jazz Tangcay
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When Ellen Mirojnick was creating the costumes for the sequel to the 2015 hit “Maleficent,” she had a new queen to contend with.

The new character, Ingrith, was not a stereotypical evil queen. She was decorated in icy colors and platinum. Mirojnick knew Michelle Pfeiffer’s blonde hair, combined with that icy platinum look, would work as a great contrast to Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent.

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“That contrast reminded me of film noir. It was something you could be completely enthralled by,” says Mirojnick.

“Mistress of Evil” picks up five years after the original movie; Aurora (Elle Fanning) is now Queen of the Moors. Mirojnick made sure she started the film with costumes that were still close to the footprint of the original, but had progressed a little bit.

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“We meet Aurora as we left her, in the color blue. This time the blue is a bit more intensified,” Mirojnick explains.

The same concept went into Maleficent’s introduction because Mirojnick didn’t want viewers to be taken out of the story.

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“I thought it would be a good idea if we meet Maleficent in a way that felt organic to how we last saw her. Her color palette is ochre and natural siennas and golden,” she says.

The idea was for Maleficent not to be in her iconic black, yet: “There’s a softness to her.”

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The outfit evolves into the black we associate Maleficent with, complete with a cape and gown, when she has to meet Queen Ingrith. It’s a classic film noir moment, as the dark “brunette” meets the platinum “blonde” and the two are face to face.

“The costume starts off this one way at the beginning of the meeting, and the layers come off bit by bit,” Mirojnick says. “It evolves into...
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