We couldn’t stop staring at the Fantastic Beasts movie in April. No matter what your opinion of the franchise is, it’s clear that their wardrobe department has made some great choices regarding Dumbledore & co.
The Fantastic Beast series, without spoiling anything is a significant departure from Harry Potter. The latest addition, “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore”, predates the wizarding universe with Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, and Rupert Grint. Jude Law portrays Albus Dumbledore’s younger self in the prequel series.
Harry Potter isn’t known for being a fashion icon. Most of the movies featured the iconic robe-scarf combo.
Fashion changes dramatically as the Fantastic Beasts story is a different one. No more pointy hats and robes! Instead, tweed coats are in style and the English bespoke suit style.
Secrets from Dumbledore‘s costume design Colleen Atwood, of “Chicago”, certainly left an impression on the film. Atwood spoke out about the French influence that influenced the film’s aesthetic in an interview with Fashionista.
“We are in a great time in Paris. There was great writing, great art and great photographers. I was able to learn a lot from the old photographs of Paris during that period, including Man Ray and Brassai. Even though some of the photos were later, they still captured Paris’ gritty atmosphere. It was fashionable in Paris at the time, so it was fascinating to add that to it.
The franchise’s attention was primarily on Eddie Redmayne and Newt Scamander in the first installments. Redmayne is a squirrelly magizoologist who loves a good bowtie. Redmayne wears a promotional overcoat made of promotional materials. This is a big change from the traditional suit and waistcoat combo. This is a minor tweak that completes the look.
Albus Dumbledore, the title character gets a style overhaul. He is seen wearing slick three-piece suits and beautiful grey textured coats throughout the film. Law’s style, combined with Law’s stylish beard and slicked-back hair makes it easy to wonder why he quit the Harry Potter series. As we get older, comfort is more important than style.
Fashion and this series are not complete without mentioning fashion darling Zoe Kravitz, as Leta Lestrange. This bold purple cape gown by Lestrange is the most famous from the series. It has a more 30s-style cut. This combination of a regal gown and a cape makes it look sophisticated without being too campy. As of right now, there is not much information about a fourth Fantastic Beasts movie. The movie is still doing okay, despite the outstanding wardrobe. We hope that Atwood will be back as fashion director if Dumbledore is able to return with his crew.