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Mary Zophres Shows Up and Suits Up

Posted January 08, 2010 to photo album "Mary Zophres Shows Up and Suits Up"

Go behind the scenes with Mary Zophres, the costume designer of A Serious Man, and click through a slideshow of her work.

Slide 1: Mary Zophres, Suited Up
Slide 2: A Serious Man - Making the 60s Square
Slide 3: A Serious Man - Clothes Make the Swinging Man
Slide 4: Fargo - Before Its Time
Slide 5: The Big Lebowski - "Terminally Relaxed"
Slide 6: O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Dressing Down
Slide 7: The Man Who Wasn't There - Putting Color in Black and White
Slide 8: Catch Me If You Can - A World of Costume Changes
Slide 7: The Man Who Wasn't There - Putting Color in Black and White

Slide 7: The Man Who Wasn't There - Putting Color in Black and White

“For The Man Who Wasn’t There, I did a lot of reading to see how people who did black and white film approached clothing. And I took a lot of photos. I wanted to know how they got a certain depth, especially in the crowd scenes. The one thing that you don’t do in a black-and-white movie is use a monotone color palette. You use a lot of medium tones in a million different shades. When I looked at the dressed actors before they went on set, I would want to scream, ‘Ugh! What is going on with that group?’ But on screen, a purple, a red, a blue, and a gray looked great because with a group of 200 people, everyone was defined. The texture of thing is the most important thing on a black-and-white film.  We had to make a lot of clothes for the movie. And I took tons and tons black-and-white photos before I got the hang of what texture and color would work.”