These are some shiny ass pants though
Where on earth is this, and are they still there?
Hi! This was at Warner Brother’s Hollywood in Stage 48! I’m not sure how long these specific costumes were out but they’ve taken them out the last few years in October and put them on display somewhere in the studio tour, either in Stage 48 or in the Archives. 😀
So, I was bored last night on my day off, and I decided to re-watch “IWTV,” just for fun, of course. I remembered how much I fell in love with the costumes by the lovely Sandy Powell, and so, I wanted to design one for her. Hang in there with me on the description, but here goes nothing:
I know, I know— it probably looks too much like the blue one she already wore beside Madeleine in her final hours, but I wanted it to a mirage of blues from dark cerulean to sky-blue. And then just for fun, I swept some Phoera glitter eyeliner over the finished colors for a sparkle effect. On her small cap sleeves and the large sash on her dress in front, there are black beads. I wanted a nice contrast between the colors, so that’s what came out. Well, I haven’t even finished the dress design if I’m honest!
But mostly, I designed this dress for her with the thought of Louis’ quote involved: “We reached the Mediterranean. I wanted those waters to be blue, but they were black, nighttime waters, and how I suffered then, straining to recall the color that in my youth I had taken for granted.”
I dunno why, but it seemed fun to do. Sorry for the monologue, but I just thought it’d be fun to share. I will also do the re-imagining of costumes of other characters!
Wow! It’s lovely, I think Sandy Powell would be pleased, Claudia would adore it. Nice tribute to the quote from the book! The glitter for the glittering waves? Black beads for contrast, the morbid touching on the lively aspects, since they are undead.
true story, my roommate works for Warner Brothers and when they put these out at Halloween she texted me a pic of Tom Cruise’s buttons with the caption STOP LOOKING AT MY BUTTONS and it was the greatest.
she also said that Louis’s outfit was EXCESSIVELY SHINY irl.
@merrycai asked if I could post the pic of the buttons BUT I DON’T HAVE IT IN MY PHONE ANYMORE but I do have this screencap from when she wouldn’t stop texting me details on the costumes cause it was instagram worthy at the time lmao.
Sandy Powell, costume designer for IWTV:
“Interview with a Vampire travels through time so I got the opportunity to dress Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in many different looks but this costume is pretty much accurate for the 18th century period. Toms character Lestat was meant to be handsome and charismatic so I always dressed him expensively and up-to-date. This shirt is particularly voluminous to give an air of romanticisim.”
944. BRAD PITT “LOUIS” HERO COSTUME CREATED FOR INTERVIEW
WITH THE VAMPIRE. (Warner Bros., 1994) In the gothic, romantic horror film Interview with the Vampire, Brad Pitt plays “Louis de Pointe du Lac”,
a handsome vampire with a conscience. Here is the memorable 18th
century “Louis” costume created by Academy Award winning designer
Sandy Powell for this opulent film. Consisting of a rich blue, taffeta
frock coat with shimmering brown silk lining, meticulous gold lace
appliqué piping on collar, pockets and sleeve cuffs. Fabric-covered, hand
embroidered and sequined buttons on faux front closure, back vents and
sleeve cuffs. Long crème linen undershirt with balloon sleeves, ruffled
cuffs and one-button ruffled collar, open to below chest. Matching
blue crushed velvet, fall-front breeches with button-waist front, lace-up
back and orange sateen lining at the buttoned knees with taffeta bow
ornaments. Ornately embroidered gold and brown vest with puff-paint
detail, lace-up fabric back and hollow filigree brass buttons along the
front closure. Shallow hip pockets and brown silk lining. Crème-colored
linen ascot neck wrapping. A pair of brown leather, slip-on loafers
with embellished, ornamental brass buckles. Bias labels in jacket, vest
and breeches with “Brad Pitt” handwritten. This beautiful, period hero
costume is in very good condition, having been carefully archived by
the studio. Included are the Capezio brand white tights that complete
the ensemble. Accompanied with an original Warner Bros. Studios
Certificate of Authenticity. $15,000 – $20,000
Fun fact: the Capezio tights are the brand used by figure skaters.
945. KIRSTEN DUNST “CLAUDIA” COSTUME CREATED FOR INTERVIEW
WITH THE VAMPIRE. (Warner Bros., 1994) This is the original 3-piece Victorian-style “natural form” bustle
gown created for the movie. Consisting of (1) blue satin, paneled
bodice piece with ornamental black velvet applique’ and meticulous
black beading, hook and loop back closure (1) multi-layered bustle
skirt, giving the illusion of richly layered skirts and petticoats, with
patterned silk fabric, black bead edging detail, pleated ruffles at the
hem and billowing satin bustle. Marked “Kirsten” on bias label, with
snaps and hook and loop back closure, and, (1) voluminous ruched
bustle train, currently pinned, but needing permanent reattachment in
the back. This beautiful, period hero costume shows some mild sport
fading and production wear and soil (dried mud on back skirt hem),
but remains in good condition, having been carefully archived by the
studio. Accompanied with an original Warner Bros. Studios Certificate
of Authenticity. $3,000 – $5,000
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*siiiigh* Are we still talking about Tom Cruise’s casting? I recognize that I’ve been in this fandom since before the movie came out (so it’s been officially 21 years of hearing this question), and that there are new ppl to fandom every year with their own headcanon of the character.
When anyone comes across AR’s very strong initial negative opinion of Mr. Cruise they may even agree with her at first. However! She published another opinion after seeing his performance (in the test reel even, thanx @annabellioncourt!) in which she praises him to high heaven even more strenuously! She still occasionally mentions him on her FB with affection, even now.
So as I said. AR changed her opinion:
“ON TOM CRUISE: From the moment he appeared Tom was Lestat for me. He has the immense physical and moral presence; he was defiant and yet never without conscience; he was beautiful beyond description yet compelled to do cruel things. The sheer beauty of Tom was dazzling, but the polish of his acting, his flawless plunge into the Lestat persona, his ability to speak rather boldly poetic lines, and speak them with seeming ease and conviction were exhilarating and uplifting. The guy is great.“
And I agree with her 110% *u*
You can find some other options for casting Lestat in my #VC casting tag, but what I think it all boils down to is that an actor’s job is to ACT. Since a fictional character exists in our imagination, there is no perfect physical casting for him EVER. Not even illustrated in graphic novels or animation. We can all agree that there are certain physical characteristics he should have, like having blond hair, but there are so many shades of blond. Even then, that one thing we can all agree is necessary for Lestat was TOTALLY DISCARDED in the Queen of the Damned movie sooo… *shrugs*
It’s up to the director to choose who they want to act out the story they want to tell.
Bonus: Neil Jordan, #certified vampire therapist
I, too, was originally horrified at the casting of Cruise as Lestat. And then I saw the movie.
I still don’t like the Wee Madman – but as Lestat, he’s PERFECT. (It still should’ve been Rutger, or Sting – but it’s very, very good as the Wee One.)
Ooo! Sting as Lestat! Tasty, and a rock star (which, let’s face it, sums up Lestat).
A.R. said that the original DESCRIPTIVE inspiration for Lestat was Rutger Hauer – huge, brooding, athletic, physically imposing, very blond. This was for “Interview”-era.
by the time “The Vampire Lestat” came out, he’d gotten too old for her mind palace of inspiration, and Lestat turned into a rock star that should’ve been played by a rockstar – still tall, but lithe, beguiling, Sting-ish. 🙂
That’s why Sting wrote “Moon over Bourbon Street”. that’s him talking about wanting to BE Lestat for Anne.
But the Wee Madman (I call him that because Tom Cruise is NOT TALL. And neither am I, and I also am quite mad) was VERY GOOD as Lestat. I agree with A.R. – started off loathing the idea, ended up loving it.
Well to be fair they did give Tom heels to help him with his height. According to IWTV costume designer Sandy Powell:
“Tom Cruise was lovely to me, but there were many discussions about his height in relation to Brad Pitt’s. There are always vanity concerns.“
But YES, Rutger Hauer was AR’s first headcanon for Lestat, and that was respected in the VC graphic novels of the 80’s/90’s: