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11 Dec

‘Wednesday’ Costume Designer Reveals How Jenna Ortega’s Alaïa Dress

“Wednesday” is already on its solution to becoming one of the vital watched Netflix series of all time. 

A report from the streaming platform on Nov. 7 said the show has change into the number-three most watched English-language TV title within the network’s history.

Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams, left, and Emma Myers as Enid Sinclair in a still from “Wednesday.”


“Wednesday,” which was released on Nov. 23, stars Jenna Ortega within the lead role and takes inspiration from the unique Addams Family comics, which was created in 1938 by cartoonist Charles Addams. The spinoff show draws barely from the 1991 “Addams Family” film, which starred a young Christina Ricci as Wednesday.

Since then, the Addams family hasn’t passed through many style iterations, but on this recent series, lead costume designer Colleen Atwood reimagined the feminine characters through a contemporary lens, while paying homage to their original ties.

In designing for the Wednesday character, Atwood used the series storyline of a recent, more colourful setting as a solution to amplify Wednesday’s dark aesthetic much more.

Wednesday. (L to R) Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams, Percy Hynes White as Xavier Thorpe in episode 101 of Wednesday. Cr. Vlad Cioplea/Netflix © 2022

Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams and Percy Hynes White as Xavier Thorp in a still from “Wednesday.”


“The show opened with [Jenna Ortega] in form of a nod to the expected Wednesday,” Atwood said. “We made the collar a bit pointier, the dress a bit different-shaped than the previous one and matched it with more contemporary, clunkier shoes to set her aside. She was placed in an environment that was really different than what you’d seen before. All that color round her made it feel a bit darker and a bit bit more offbeat.”

Atwood incorporated changes to Wednesday’s signature hairstyle and created recent outfits for out of doors of the character’s typical schoolgirl look. 

“We gave her bangs to form of soften it and make it more form of ‘today’ in that way,” Atwood explained. “Once she got into the off-campus casualwear, it opened up making a young Wednesday Addams form of accessible and an actual girl somewhat than this iconic character.”

Atwood’s Gen Z interpretation of Wednesday Addams includes black hoodies, knit sweaters and striped polo T-shirts. 

Wednesday. Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Adams in episode 105 of Wednesday. Cr. Vlad Cioplea/Netflix © 2022

Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams in “Wednesday.”


When it got here to designing looks for the matriarch of the Addams family, Morticia, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, Atwood went through many design alterations before finding the proper look. 

“I made the dress in two or three fabrics before I actually got it how I wanted it to be — I used to be attempting to take it out of the jersey form of vibe,” Atwood said. “I attempted it in leather, satin and a few other materials, but I went back to jersey because its weight, the way in which it draped and what I could do with it was the most effective selection.”

Atwood bonded the jersey dress material with metallic fabric to offset the standard black dress the character is thought for wearing. “It form of took Morticia to a more real place, more ‘mom.’ I mean, she is a mother.”

Wednesday. Gwendoline Christie as Larissa Weems in episode 101 of Wednesday. Cr. Vlad Cioplea/Netflix © 2022

Gwendoline Christie as Larissa Weems in a still from “Wednesday.”


Other standout fashion moments from the series come from recent characters, including Larissa Weams, the principal of Nevermore Academy, played by Gwendoline Christie. Earlier this month, Christie told “Entertainment Weekly” that her role within the recent Netflix series was the primary time she’s ever felt “beautiful” on-screen.

“I met Gwendoline and I had this poster in my lounge of the birds from the ’60s and it was Tippy Hedren together with her hairdo up on this high collar. I said, ‘By some means, I see you on this world.’ Then we spun off on that because I believed that’s who Weems was on this little town, that irrespective of where she was on this planet, she would at all times look good,” Atwood said. “She and I actually collaborated. We gave her a more form of ’60s shape with a harder waist.”

Wednesday. Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in episode 104 of Wednesday. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in a still from “Wednesday.”

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As for probably the most memorable moment of the brand new series, Ortega as Wednesday will be seen swaying and dancing in a billowy gothic dress to the song, “Goo Goo Muck” by The Cramps. The quirky dance has gone viral on TikTok, scoring greater than 14.2 million views from the network’s official account. Lady Gaga, clad in Valentino, shared her version on Thursday on TikTok and received nearly 3 million views overnight.

Atwood pondered on methods to custom design a vintage-inspired prom dress for the “Raven’s” school-dance scene, but ended up buying it from Alaïa on Bond Street in London. 

“I needed to do some modifications to the highest of it to make it work for dancing and stuff, and in addition scale down the ruffles because Jenna’s really tiny,” Atwood explained. “I knew how the material would move and it was form of a model black and brown, which I actually like, as an alternative of being solid black,” she said of the partially chiffon material.

Wednesday. (L to R) Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams, Hunter Doohan as Tyler Galpin in episode 104 of Wednesday. Cr. Vlad Cioplea/Netflix © 2022

Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams and Hunter Doohan as Tyler Galpin in “Wednesday” on Netflix.


Mobility wasn’t the one challenge. The scene features a downpour of blood. “In fact, my work crew desired to kill me since it needed to get blood on it. We needed to make copies of it and it was a variety of work,” she said.

“Wednesday” is offered to stream on Netflix now.

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