Doll clothes are just as memorable as clothes worn by humans, especially if the doll tastes like blood.
A demonic toy made famous in The Twilight Zone, Talkie Tina wore a plaid dress with a dainty lace-trimmed collar. Annabelle, the ominous doll that first appeared in “The Conjuring,” wears a white gown with sleeves on her mutton legs. Even those who haven’t seen “Child’s Play” (or its sequel) probably know Chucky and his blue overalls.
Another killer doll known for its killer outfit stars in the horror movie M3gan. Notably, M3gan, whose name is pronounced like Megan, wears a striped silk twill scarf tied with a cat bow for most of the film. This is a tailoring choice that tends to elicit a strong response.
M3gan, short for Model 3 Generative Android, is a life-sized artificial intelligence doll designed to provide companionship and emotional support. A programming glitch turns her into a Terminator-esque killing machine. In most scenes, the M3gan is played by masked actress Amie Donald, 12, although there are parts of the film where the puppets are played by high-tech puppets.
Big-eyed with long black lashes and grungy blonde hair that hangs below his shoulders, M3gan is a striped long-sleeved shirt, white stockings, and cat in an inverted pleated shift dress over shiny black Mary Janes. Gerald Johnstone, director of “M3gan”, describes the doll with clothing that recalls 1960s mod fashion, and “Mod Squad” actress Peggy Lipton. Described as having “long flowing hair.”
“I wanted her to be classy, elegant and unexpected, much like the equivalent of a ’60s car show toy where cars come on turntables and hit everyone’s hearts,” Johnstone said. ” he said.
According to Johnston, the film’s original script, written by Akela Cooper, only mentioned M3gan wearing children’s clothing. Dressing her in a loose shift dress was both a stylistical and practical decision.
“M3gan has to move quickly and unhindered. She has to run on all fours. She’s going to attack people,” he said. “With the shift dress, I saw the potential.”
About 25 versions of the dress were produced by the film’s costume and wardrobe department. “They persisted through every dance, every murder,” said Daniel Cruden, the film’s costume designer. , stated that the cat’s bow scarf was also carefully reproduced.
“I needed so many perfect replicas that each one had to be cut and hand-stitched so that the silk stripes were in exactly the same place,” she wrote in an email. It had to be fluid. Big but matching a young, little girl. Dolly but trendy.”
While developing M3gan’s wardrobe, many other possible outfits were laid out on the dressing room floor. “At first, I wanted her to eat a lot,” Johnston said. But by giving her her signature look, “that one costume can really be the focus,” he added.”People dress up as her for Halloween.” I was able to.”
Where did the inspiration for the M3gan clothing come from?
Gerald Johnston I used to look at fashion on Pinterest every night and try to make sense of it. Originally it was a female perspective, just me and my wife. The details and fabrics kept me going back to the 60’s. And Gucci’s kids dresses were a big inspiration. I liked the yellow ribbon I saw online and the red ribbon, but I couldn’t get it physically.
If Gucci was such an inspiration, why didn’t M3gan wear that label?
johnston I wondered if I could bring them on board. But especially if you’re making a horror movie, you have to get approvals and it takes time, so we went our own way. We hadn’t proven ourselves. The hope now is that it won’t be too difficult to get some designers if we make another movie.
Daniel Cruden If movie toys are licensed and without apparel approval, they can be seen as duplicating for profit. I was going through customs clearance to confirm.
When viewers see M3gan commit her first murder, she wears a different costume. She wears a black cloak with gold buttons and a fur collar, black stockings and leather gloves. What inspired its appearance?
johnston It was like the overthrow of Little Red Riding Hood. I also thought she looked a bit like Damian from “The Omen”. Black gloves were a practical consideration as they make your hands feel robotic. And she’s a doll — she should have some accessories.
Speaking of accessories, another scene shows the M3gan wearing purple sunglasses. why?
johnston I really fought for her to have that moment. It felt great or silly. I was worried that some people would think, “Will this reduce fear?” But once everyone saw that she was really rocking the look, they started riding.
Cruden We knew sunglasses were going to be a statement, so we were really looking for sunglasses.
johnston I wanted Prada.
Cruden We ended up with a brand called Minista. It originated from a children’s boutique in Auckland, New Zealand.
What costume didn’t appear in the movie?
Cruden There was a scene where she wore looks I made for her and displayed various M3gans on the turntables, one French-inspired one with a black beret, black turtleneck, and high-waisted flared silk pants. We had beach M3gans with peasant blouses, beach hats and espadrilles.The equestrian M3gans wore jodhpurs and riding boots. The sporty she M3gan looked ready for tennis.
johnston Daniel dressed like Audrey Hepburn with a muffler and sunglasses. That’s too bad.
Interviews with Mr. Johnston and Mr. Cruden have been edited and condensed.