“Euphoria” and “Booksmart” alum Katina Danabassis takes us via the Instagram-friendly costumes within the buzzy A24 slasher-comedy (spoiler-free).

“You do not have to be nervous,” says Sophie (Amandla Stenberg), trying to reassure her apprehensive new girlfriend Bee (Maria Bakalova) in a gap scene of the A24 slasher-thriller comedy “Our bodies, Our bodies, Our bodies.” The 2 are driving to Sophie’s finest buddy David (Pete Davidson)’s upstate New York mega-manse (technically his one-percenter mother and father’ property) for a grown-up sleepover amidst an impending hurricane. Feels ominous, proper?

Should you look carefully, Sophie’s mismatched Brandy Melville earring, dangling on the proper of the display screen, is a tiny silver skeleton. “It is a enjoyable little Easter Egg — like ‘our bodies, our bodies, our bodies!'” says costume designer Katina Danabassis.

Bee (Maria Bakalova) and Sophie (Amandla Stenberg) along with her little skeleton earring peeking out.

Photograph: Gwen Capistran/Courtesy of A24

Danabassis, who designed auteur Mike Mills’s acclaimed movie “C’mon C’mon,” boasts some critical Gen-Z costume bonafides. She earned an Emmy nomination as a part of Heidi Bivens‘s staff on season one in all “Euphoria,” and in addition counts April Napier (“Booksmart,” “Woman Chicken“) as a mentor.

For director Halina Reijn’s thrilling, bloody treatise on Gen-Z social — and social media — dynamics, Danabassis kicked off her analysis course of within the cohort’s pure habitat: Instagram. “I felt like that was the mandatory place to start out,” Danabassis says.

With the hurricane starting to rage exterior, Sophie and her pals interact in a “Mafia”-style recreation known as “Our bodies, Our bodies, Our bodies.” However as the group tries to unmask the fake killer, their effervescent resentments, rivalries and deep-seated insecurities floor. The cut-throat revelations and accusations really feel particularly decisive to a era fixated on how they current themselves (and are seen) on-line. Clearly, the 20-somethings are dressed for it, too, whether or not they’re doing a TikTok dance or working from an actual killer, who’s selecting them off one after the other within the sprawling mansion.

Like arranging clues, Danabassis thought of a number of components in figuring out the best character-building costumes for every of the leads, who slowly reveal themselves because the story — and suspense — intensify.

“It is like a Venn diagram” of “texture, shine, lightness and actuality,” says Danabassis, who needed to think about Reijn’s kinetic, naturalistic route and cinematographer Jacob Wolf’s frenetically suspenseful digital camera work.

Forward, Danabassis takes us via every of the principle characters, as you guess who the killer is and who will survive the evening.

Sophie (Amandla Stenberg)

Sophie, Bee, David (Pete Davidson) and Alice (Rachel Sennott).<p>Photo: Erik Chakeen/Courtesy of A24</p>
Sophie, Bee, David (Pete Davidson) and Alice (Rachel Sennott).

Photograph: Erik Chakeen/Courtesy of A24

Low-key super-rich Sophie — who’s been silent on the group textual content — surprises her pals when she arrives on the celebration. Her Gucci brand tote, with a chunky gold chainlink strap, hints at her mother and father’ huge internet price, however her multi-layered outfit looks like a metaphor for her true loyalties and troubled previous, to be slowly revealed: a neon yellow Zara tank, black bra peeking out, topped by an Asos long-sleeve plaid shirt and an outsized Uniqlo zip hoodie.

“I wished Sophie to really feel just a little bit gamine,” says Danabassis, who additionally infused robust, sporty and weak components. “She might get down and soiled, but in addition there is a intercourse attraction.”

Filming occurred final yr, so Danabassis was really forward of developments in purchasing Sophie’s H&M shorts, a mode now worn by celebrities from Bella Hadid to Meghan Markle. “The lengthy trouser shorts elevated the look,” she says.

Danabassis conveyed tenacity via Sophie’s rugged patent-leather boots by Kickers: “In the dead of night, [the boots] might decide up mild… She’s extra out-there and takes increasingly more dangers.”

Bee (Maria Bakalova)

Sophie and Bee have a quiet moment.<p>Photo: Erik Chakeen/Courtesy of A24</p>
Sophie and Bee have a quiet second.

Photograph: Erik Chakeen/Courtesy of A24

Bee is the working-class, Russian immigrant outsider venturing into the viper’s nest of prosperous, debaucherous, backstabbing pals. She assesses the group as they chug Veuve Clicquot (pilfered from the high-end wine cellar) and snort strains prefer it’s an ’80s Bret Easton Ellis novel.

“Bee’s a sensible, pragmatic character,” says Danabassis. “She’s not into something frou frou.”

The costume designer took inspiration from French mannequin and Demna Gvasalia muse Yuri Escudie for Bee’s lengthy shorts from Aritzia, Dickie’s work shirt and graphic tee designed by multidisciplinary artist and punk musician Andrea Lukic. The latter incorporates a drawing of two sides of 1 face, which hints at a duality — and maybe duplicity. (Like, is Bee who she says she is? Is anybody?) Danabassis was drawn to how the paintings expressed Bee’s character: “There is a noir to it, and it is sort of darkish, and there is a femininity about it, nevertheless it’s additionally just a little bit ugly, in a tremendous method. Bee’s not afraid to simply make one thing off-kilter. I actually preferred that for Bee, as a result of there is a DIY-ness to her character.”

Danabassis additionally integrated just a little sartorial foreshadowing with Bee’s purple bandana bracelet, which lingers on-screen as she locations her hand on the bannister whereas exploring the expansive home. The bracelet’s daring hue is a wink-wink nod to the title of a well-liked trade guide, “If It is Purple, Somebody’s Gonna Die: The Energy of Colour in Visible Storytelling” — and collection of occasions to come back.

Alice (Rachel Sennott)

Alice and her glow-sticks.<p>Photo: Courtesy of A24</p>
Alice and her glow-sticks.

Photograph: Courtesy of A24

Tragically self-unaware podcaster Alice is dressed for the event in a rainbow crochet halter high from Zara, leather-based denims from Aritzia and strappy slides with a stacked heel that look cute, however nonetheless enable for working for one’s life. She additionally brings an out-of-place date for the weekend: Greg (Lee Tempo), a 40-year-old she lately met, possibly on Tinder.

“We wished her to really feel attractive as a result of she’s bought this date, like she’s making an attempt to be sizzling and attractive for Greg,” says Danabassis. “Additionally, what do you put on to a celebration upstate? Like, do you gown up? It is like she’s actually going for it.”

The tactile outfit — with the textured patterns on high and glimmer from the pants — additionally complement Alice’s glow-stick necklaces and bracelets, which catch (and even simply present) mild because the physique rely rises. The metallic pink cowboy hat she wears for a quick second additionally captures the carefree recreational-drug-enhanced euphoria that rapidly dissipates.

“It is foolish,” says Danabassis. “She’s only a foolish lady and he or she’s very humorous, and that is why she might pull off the craziness of these glow sticks along with her outfit. It is in some way works all collectively within the chaos.”

Emma (Chase Sui Wonders)

Sophie, Bee, Emma (in her blood- and rain-soaked Zara) and Alice.<p>Photo: Erik Chakeen/Courtesy of A24</p>
Sophie, Bee, Emma (in her blood- and rain-soaked Zara) and Alice.

Photograph: Erik Chakeen/Courtesy of A24

Emma’s buttercream yellow Zara sundress — with the ruching and delicate ribbon on the ’90s-style sq. neckline — speaks to her people-pleasing nature and the picture-perfect picture she desires to convey. She’s the actor of the group (though, her passive-aggressive pals appear to have combined evaluations on her efficiency in “Hedda Gabler”), and because the soon-to-be lethal recreation heats up, asshole boyfriend David accuses her of getting no originality (and overusing Twitter buzzwords), thus sending Emma right into a match of tears.

“It is this vulnerability factor,” says Danabassis. “She has so many weak moments and he or she will get actually darkish, however she’s at all times making an attempt to keep up this positivity. The colours for her have been simply actually candy and lightweight.”

However Emma’s full schoolgirl-referential look can be an influence transfer: “For that outfit, it truly is all concerning the footwear. She’s imagined to be a rich lady, so she’s sporting these patent Miu Miu Mary Janes; the ankle socks with metallic lamé threading are simply an additional little fashion level.”

Jordan (Myha’la Herrold)

Bee, Sophie, Jordan (in her tactical-chic Sandy Liang tank top) and Alice.<p>Photo: Gwen Capistran/Courtesy of A24</p>
Bee, Sophie, Jordan (in her tactical-chic Sandy Liang tank high) and Alice.

Photograph: Gwen Capistran/Courtesy of A24

Regardless of being a longtime group member, Jordan has a giant chip on her shoulder, and sees herself as an outsider. She and Sophie additionally appear to have some type of previous connection.

Jordan has “a boldness and a braveness,” says Danabassis. “She’s pays no thoughts. She’s simply snug along with her physique.” When she climbs out of the pool to reluctantly greet Sophie and Bee, for instance, she’s really sporting her bra and thong underwear, not a pool-ready bikini.

Jordan additionally cares the least about dressing up for a hurricane celebration, and undoubtedly is not serious about adorning herself for the male gaze. After shedding her vintage-esque sweatshirt throughout the first bloody demise, she reveals a black athletic-style cut-out tank high by Sandy Liang and wide-leg chinos. The ensemble feels tactical-chic, particularly when Jordan resourcefully dons a headlamp to maneuver via the home.

“There is a militant factor to it,” says Danabassis. “It simply hits the developments which might be occurring, but in addition feels pure and plausible — purposeful naturalism.”

Greg (Lee Tempo)

<p>Photo: Gwen Capistran/Courtesy of A24</p>

Photograph: Gwen Capistran/Courtesy of A24

Danabassis recollects her dialog with the web’s boyfriend about how he envisioned his geriatric millennial character: “He is like, ‘Greg is simply down for an excellent time, and he is simply there to have enjoyable.'”

Shirtless, Greg efficiently sabers a bottle of champagne with David’s dad’s Gurkha sword, impressing the younger ladies and threatening the delicate David. His simple elastic-waistband swim trunks and acid-washed hat counsel that he feels easygoing and easy in his masculinity. Altering for the night festivities, Greg dons a striped short-sleeve button-up shirt from City Outfitters.

“His shirt is that this pure cotton or linen that hits that observe of ‘pure man,’ possibly a wiseness,” says Danabassis. “Like, he is been via some stuff.”

Greg later takes a break from the backbiting Zoomers, enjoyable right into a clingy, long-sleeve white thermal — which was really Tempo’s suggestion. Danabassis additionally  “doctored up” a pair of Reigning Champ sweat-shorts, “so he actually appeared good and hit a observe of: nonetheless related, however older and just a little bit exterior of this entire world that they are in.”

David (Pete Davidson)

Greg and David do not see eye to eye.<p>Photo: Gwen Capistran/Courtesy of A24</p>
Greg and David don’t see eye to eye.

Photograph: Gwen Capistran/Courtesy of A24

David — Sophie’s finest buddy and fellow idle ultra-rich child (the others are simply common wealthy) — has quite a bit to show. “He is making an attempt to be alpha, however he is making up for one thing. He is loud and obnoxious and chilly, however he is on development and is aware of what’s cool,” says Danabassis, who landed on a designer streetwear aesthetic after discussing the character with Davidson.

“We ended up nicknaming it ‘the child swimsuit,'” she says of the pink Supreme hoodie and lengthy shorts set, which she fortunately present in multiples. Gucci slides with ratty athletic socks full David’s clout-chasing look. (It additionally seems very Pete Davidson, who, curiously, says to Sophie what looks like a meta BDE-referential line: “I appear like I fuck. It is my entire vibe.”)

“The pink was a humorous contact and a daring alternative,” says Danabassis. “If anybody can, Pete can pull it off.”

‘Our bodies, Our bodies, Our bodies’ premieres on Friday, Aug. 5 in theaters.

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