Elton John 'Rocketman' biopic takes off a new wardrobe

Elton John 'Rocketman' biopic takes off a new wardrobe
One of the favorite looks of costume designers Julian Day in "Rocketman" comes at a time of carefully choreographed disorder: an attempted suicide of the subject of the biopic, Elton John.

John, played by British actor Taron Egerton, has plunged into a pool in the middle of the party, with guts full of pills and alcohol, only water from the pull, the hospital stretcher in the resurrected and hysterical stadium fans. The singer is ready to go once more.
In the dream sequence, Egerton is changing into a pink leopard-print tunic and the Los Angeles Dodgers suit that John wore at his concerts at Dodger Stadium in October 1975. Except for the film in the film It's not like history remembers that.
"Bob Mackie (John's frequent costume partner in the 70s) has done most of the work," Day said. "But I embellished it."
For its version, Day Swapped Mackie's Lightweight Masks for thousands of Swarovski crystals (a million were used in the movie) Sure, the suit was "as heavy as a suit of armor", and the last minute decision to dress Egerton in the shot It is not life easier for those involved. But the scene is a triumph, which conveys the intersection between artist and person, and the clothes that make the man.

"Recently, (John) said that 20 minutes before a presentation, he puts on his clothes and becomes 'Sir Elton John'," Day explained. "I really wanted to cross the movie."
The day is a veteran of the biopic. He dressed Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Naomi Watts" as "Princess Diana" in "Diana" and Chris Hemsworth as F1 driver James Hunt in "Rush". But this time, the designer had a creative theme about his subject, in a film that has little respect for historical details or gender tropes.
"When I sat down with Dexter (Fletcher, the director of 'Rocketman') to talk about the film, we discussed what we were going to do and it was always the fantasy musical," he explained. "I did not want to replicate what we've seen before, it's not that it was fantastic, we just wanted to create our own movie."

Consequently, the reinvention of the designer of the Mackie Dodgers uniform is the "Rocketman" closest to John's real-life costumes. The rest are original works.
Day and his team of approximately 30 people produced 88 costumes for Egerton to wear during the 121 minutes of the film, seeking inspiration from the singer's archive of original pieces. The audience will see some of John's most memorable motifs, from his predilection to feathers with a costume, Day calls "The Cockerel" to the singer's festivities with a royal touch like Queen Elizabeth I.
One of the favorite looks of the day, which saw Egerton with ruby-red sneakers, a fur coat, a metallic shirt and a straw hat in a tribute to Dorothy, the cowardly lion, Tin Woodman, and Scarecrow, alludes to John's search for himself. compliance and self-acceptance, and are underlined by the success of 1973's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road".
The designer talked about using "John's clothes to express how he feels", a notion that reaches its kitsch peak in a shot in which the sequins spilled like tears and fell to the ground in slow motion.

Day refers to the disguise in question as "devil", a resplendent confection of orange lycra, wings of red feathers and horns. It appears to a large extent in the film and is how John enters a rehabilitation confessional that frames the biographical film.
"The devil was the first costume I designed," Day said. "He comes from a concert and he's fed up with what was happening in his life ... (He's) angry, it's bad and very dangerous to know.
"The idea is that when he starts to undress who he is, the costume has to do the same thing: the horns jump, the wings are removed, the jacket is removed, a person".

For accessories, Day built and embellished over 50 pairs of sunglasses and jewelry borrowed from Chopard.
"In a few days, the security guards will reduce between 5 and 10 million dollars ($ 6.3 to 12.7 million) of jewelry," he recalled, suggesting that he helped Egerton slip into his character. "It's quite interesting when you have £ 500,000 ($ 634,000) on your wrist, it makes you feel different."
So far, the film has been well received, from its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival to its premiere in the United Kingdom. ("Rocketman" opens in theaters in the US on May 31.) But for the designer, there's only one opinion that matters: John's.

"If he was not happy with (the costumes), then it really did not matter," Day said. "I had to be happy with them."
Fortunately, the singer took Instagram from "incredible" work earlier this month.
"I can not say more fair than that",