‘Thor’ Costume Designer Says Characters Are ‘Fantastical But Not Superheroes’

With production on director Kenneth Branagh’s “Thor” well underway, further details about the film continue to come from surprising sources. While no photographs of the film’s costumes have been publicly released thus far, Deborah Ambrosino — one of the costume designers on “Thor” — has spoken out about the look of the film’s clothing.

In a profile on Costume Designers Guild, Ambrosino stated that the costumes in “Thor” are “strangely enough, very theatrical. There is a lot of fantasy in the different worlds that Thor lives in.”

“The characters that populate that world are fantastical but not superheroes, which is great,” she explained. “There is a heightened realism.”

Ambrosino also indicated that she is utilizing her metalsmithing experience in the creation of the armor and jewelry.

Some of Ambrosino’s previous projects include “Daredevil,” “Avatar,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Pushing Daisies,” and the 2009 “Star Trek” reboot. Back in January, Marvel President Kevin Feige talked about the “Thor” costume tests prior to filming.

“We’ve done some costume tests and watching the Asgardians walk onto the sound stage takes me back to that first time I saw the X-Men on the set all together in Toronto,” he said. “Only it was unlike anything we’ve ever put on film before!”

Actor Joseph Gatt has also effusively praised the film’s costumes: “My costume is awesome and I get some seriously mean weapons! The sets are huge and truly beautiful, some of the best I’ve ever seen. All the characters have amazing costumes. The designers have done an extraordinary job at maintaining the traditional Marvel looks all the fans are expecting, but adding their own new style.”

“Thor” is set to be released on May 6, 2011.

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