When CBS was putting together their new Supergirl series, they pulled out all the stops. And that includes bringing in a top notch costume designer to design and create Supergirl’s iconic costume. For this monumental task, producers placed it in the talented hands of Oscar Award winning costume designer, Colleen Atwood.
Atwood has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design eleven times, winning three times; for the films Chicago in 2002, Memoirs of a Geisha in 2005, and Alice in Wonderland in 2010.
On the importance of costumes in films & TV, Atwood has been quoted as saying,
“Costumes are the first impression that you have of the character before they open their mouth-it really does establish who they are.”
And she didn’t disappoint this time around either. Check out below as Atwell describes her ideas when designing Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl costume.
Regarding the Cape:
I made an undersuit that zipped up beneath her costume — that holds her cape in place. The weight of the cape isn’t pulling the costume around on her body, so it balances a lot better for action scenes.
Regarding the Iconic Logo:
The S is designed to be looked at in flight. I had Melissa lie on the table in the costume during the fitting to make sure that it looks good horizontally.
Regarding the Fabric Used:
It’s called Eurojersey: It has a four-way-stretch quality, which is good for action. The S is ‘grown’ on the fabric with an ink that’s layered on to give it dimension.
Regarding the Tights:
I put tights on her because I wanted the leg to be shaded a little bit darker. It looked better than just a bare, nude tone — Melissa’s legs are nice; she didn’t really need anything!
What do you think of Atwell’s design?