‘Dark Shadows’ Exclusive Featurette: Undead In The 70’s

Tim Burton has a certain style that he’s become known for, and the costumes in his movies reflect that. In an exclusive sneak peek from a featurette included on the “Dark Shadows” Blu-ray release, we get an inside look at the process of designing costumes for a Tim Burton movie. It turns out that it’s just as exciting to be a part of creating the outfits as it is to watch them on the big screen.

“It’s always fun to examine a period within a parameter of a story with Tim because you sort of edit what the period is,” costume designer Colleen Atwood said in the video.

Atwood has worked with Burton on many of his iconic movies, including “Edward Scissorhands,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Sweeney Todd” and “Big Fish.” The excellent costume design in “Dark Shadows” shows that the two have created a rapport with one another that allows her to design just what he wants to use in his films.

Chloe Moretz in particular seemed to really enjoy the very specific style of Tim Burton costume that was created for her. Atwood said that designing a look for Carolyn Stoddard, who is much younger and more modern than the other characters, gave her some freedom to play around.

“The fashion definitely is a big part of the 1972 part of it, and I love that. My character in particular is super duper ’70s,” Moretz said in the featurette.

“Dark Shadows” is due on DVD on October 2.

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