Oscar-winning designer Holly Waddington describes the hidden intentions behind Emma Stone's 'Bella Style' – from sexual awakening to upbeat empowerment.
Oscar-winning designer Holly Waddington describes the hidden intentions behind Emma Stone's 'Bella Style' – from sexual awakening to upbeat empowerment.

Costume design: a key element in “Poor Things”

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Oscar-winning designer Holly Waddington describes the hidden intentions behind Emma Stone’s ‘Bella Style’ – from sexual awakening to upbeat empowerment.

In Yorgos Lanthimos’s film “Poor Things,” costume design takes on a pivotal role, especially in characterizing the protagonist, Bella Baxter, portrayed by Emma Stone. 

Holly Waddington, the costume designer who recently won an Oscar for her work on the film, crafted costumes that are not only integral to the surreal world of the story but also essential to Bella’s character development.

Bella’s Transformation Through Costumes

Bella’s journey in the film is marked by a remarkable evolution in her appearance, reflecting her progression from infancy to adulthood and back again. 

Emma Stone’s portrayal of Bella sees her traversing through various stages of life, from playful toddler to serious medical student, and the costumes meticulously mirror each phase. From babydoll dresses to protective coats, each outfit symbolizes Bella’s growth and development.

The Concept of “Bella Style”

According to Waddington, Bella’s style is a direct reflection of her personal evolution throughout the narrative. 

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The costumes, dubbed “Bella style,” play a crucial role in conveying her character’s journey, earning praise for their fusion of Victorian steampunk with surrealism and couture elements. They serve as a visual narrative, allowing audiences to understand Bella’s character arc through her wardrobe choices.

The Culmination of Bella’s Journey

At the film’s conclusion, Bella finds herself back in adulthood, content and empowered to shape her own destiny. 

As she sits amidst a darkly utopian setting, immersed in her studies to become a doctor, her attire reflects her newfound sense of agency and purpose. Meanwhile, her abusive ex-husband, who has undergone a bizarre transformation, serves as a surreal backdrop to Bella’s triumphant moment.

In “Poor Things,” costume design transcends mere aesthetics, becoming a storytelling device that enhances character depth and narrative coherence. 

Through Waddington’s meticulous craftsmanship, Bella’s journey unfolds on screen, captivating audiences with its visual richness and thematic resonance.

Jean Martin

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