Toga! Toga! Dressing the menagerie in Animal House
On costumes (and costume designers) having a sense of humour that contributes to comedy
When you talk about Spies Like Us , I think about Julie Weiss’s costumes for Blades of Glory , starring Will Ferrell and Jon Heder. It was hilarious and the costuming – just like the costuming on Saturday NIght Live – can offer a huge amount to the narrative because depending on what the director wants (and that’s the caveat) costuming can work as a sight gag. Nobody wants a funny costume in a dramatic scene because costume can sabotage the drama (and equally, the comedy). But if you have something like somebody showing up in a huge sombrero like in Three Amigos or in Spies Like Us with one of those ridiculous fluffy lamb fur coats, you have to wait a couple of seconds before the audience can take that in.