‘The Danish Girl’ Costume Designer on Eddie Redmayne’s Clothing Transitions

Paco Delgado, Oscar-nominated costume designer for “The Danish Girl,” feels that personal statements made by the clothing in a film are just as important as period authenticity.

This artistic choice is reflected in the garments Eddie Redmayne wears as he transitions from the male Einar Wegener to the female Lili Elbe.

In the early 1920s, fashion in Denmark was moving out of Edwardian rigidity toward looser fits. Einar is introduced wearing close-fitting suits of stiff, thick wools, a design highlighting his discomfort within his own skin.

But for Einar’s first public appearance as Lili, Delgado created a theatrical gown made of rich, draping fabrics to emphasize the character’s exuberance in connecting with her true nature. During Lili’s early development, the palette is subdued. Later, when she goes to France, the liberating environment evokes her femininity, exhibited in rosy colors, silks and chiffons. Delgado designed a unique beige pantsuit to mark the moment Einar/Lili achieves acceptance of her inner female.

“Women didn’t wear suits, but it was a woman’s cut and colors … allowing for a woman’s movement,” Delgado says. “Lili was determined to change.
It shows how powerful clothes are.”

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