Antoinette Messam Costume Designer "Love Wedding Marriage"
Antoinette Messam is a fashion designer as well as a stylist and costume designer and has her own line of easy to wear, elegant and sexy clothing called iStyle. Her work in costume design spans the last fifteen years and almost 40 motion pictures and she just finished the romantic comedy “Love, Wedding, Marriage” starring Mandy Moore, Kellan Lutz, Jessica Szhor, Jane Seymour and James Brolin as well as rising star Richard Reid. She answers a couple fabulous questions about the costume design.
Q: Describe the look of “Love Wedding Marriage”.
A: The mandate from Producers for this film was that they wanted it to look like the Diane Keaton/Jack Nicholson movie "Something's Gotta Give". A pretty movie with pretty people in pretty clothes.
They should have told the Director, DOP and myself because we tried to give a new take on a romantic comedy with a little more edge, less pretty colors as compared to real colors. I hope it worked.
I just tried to have my characters/cast look like they were wearing their own clothes. Mandy/Ava was very relaxed and had a uniform for work that was contemporary and young, with her go to blazer thrown on for the clients and sexy as hell when not working. Kellan/Charlie was a young executive who I wanted to look relaxed and effortless in his very classic "Calvin Klein" collection.
Q: What was your favorite part of the costume design for “Love Wedding Marriage”?
A: My favorites were Bradley/James Brolin who wanted nothing more then to not look like James Brolin. He took every suggestion and broke it down to another level which I thought was great. Jessica Szohr wanted a new look from her "Gossip Girl" character so we just went for it and hoped when we showed up for set everyday she would not be sent back to put on more clothes. Less is more was our motto.