Consequently, she avoided stereotypical ’70s references in favor of aspirational and fresh pieces perfectly suited to the film’s themes of projection, reinvention and the long con.
According to Hawbaker, the process of bringing characters to life through costume occurs in phases. “Typically, you start with a script and a conversation with the director, their take on the characters, what they’re trying to evoke, their vision,” she says. “Next up is the research period where you gather images and items that will help you refine those ideas with the director.”
Illustrations, full-size renderings and on-set adjustments follow. That said, the process differs by director; when Hawbaker collaborates with Terrence Malick, as she did on “The Tree of Life” and “Knight of Cups,” standard operating procedure goes out the window.