All About Fall’s Toughest Costumes


In his heart, The more they fall is an American fable told from the perspective of those who are generally left out or completely excluded from the genre. New Netflix Western, produced by JAY-Z and premiering to streamers on Wednesday, brings director Jeymes Samuel’s vision to life with a star cast including Jonathan Majors, Regina King, Idris Elba, Zazie Beetz, LaKeith Stanfield and stars more ultra-talented.

The more they fall will bring something to our culture that has always been lacking, because most of the characters in this movie are based on a character who really existed, ”Samuel said of his epic vision. The idea for the film grew out of a life spent watching John Wayne and Clint Eastwood film, but didn’t see black men or women centered on any of them. “I loved westerns so much growing up that when they invented Google, I started looking for all these great characters that we never got to see through the movies.” These real stories of men and women. black women who carved out a life for themselves in the ruthless Wild West became the basis of all the characters in The more they fall. “I just put them together like dark gods and put them in one space at a time.”

THE HARDEST THAT THEY FALL: IDRIS ELBA as RUFUS BUCK.  CR: DAVID LEE / NETFLIX © 2021

All the classics of the Western tropes are present in Samuel’s film and ticked off with a very satisfying efficiency, but enhanced by a formidable explosion of stylized chaos. Outlaws move away on the horizon accompanied by thundering hooves pounding the dusty landscape as Afro-Caribbean rhythms play. There are thrilling duels backed up by the long shadows of our fearless gunslingers. Want a train theft? Ended. But this one is orchestrated by Oscar winner Regina King.

HARDEST THEY FALL: REGINA KING as TRUDY SMITH and LAKEITH STANFIELD as CHEROKEE BILL in THE HARDEST THEY FALL Cr.  DAVID LEE / NETFLIX © 2021

Costume designer Antoinette Messam was tasked with disguising the shooters and helping bring Samuel’s visionary characters to life. A legend in its industry, the costume is in the blood of Messam. Her mother was a seamstress, specializing in bridal clothing, and her grandfather was a tailor. Messam took all of his genetic gifts and trained in textiles at the Academy of Design & Technology in Toronto. Since then she has brought her art and magic to Creed, Superfly, Colossal, and other projects before joining The more they fall.

“I grew up with westerns. My dad loved westerns. I drew references from those who had an influence and inspired me,” Messam explained, but for this project, she couldn’t just stand. rely on the standard tropes of traditional westerns. Like everything else in The more they fall, Messam was tasked with taking the project to the next level. “For me, Jeymes is not reinventing the classics here. He is creating his own classic. It has never been done before.”

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Messam began with his hero seeking revenge: “Jonathan Majors as Nat Love always felt like Clint Eastwood in The good the bad and the ugly for me, how he walks, talks and moves in a suit. The loner who always had strong people around him. With this classic man and Western leader in mind, Messam outfitted Majors in all the iconic tropes of Western movies: denim and leather pieces that looked even better through a haze of gun smoke. fire, sweat-soaked bandanas tied at the throat and the perfect cowboy hat to hide your scar and squint at the sunset under the dusty brim.

HARDEST THAT THEY FALL (left to right): REGINA KING as TRUDY SMITH, IDRIS ELBA as RUFUS BUCK, LAKEITH STANFIELD as CHEROKEE BILL.  CR: DAVID LEE / NETFLIX © 2021

Idris Elba’s Rufus Buck character has one of the film’s most obvious visual transformations. He first appears (fully) in a faded black and white striped prison outfit, which he wears until his return to Redwood, his old hometown – a small kingdom he rules with a fist. Once back on his throne, he appears in luxurious textiles miles from his prison outfit. “Idris transforms from his prison clothes when we first see him to see him all cleaned up, but there are still elements of his character that aren’t quite there yet. Even in his velvet and brocade look. , he’s still working through his transition from being a prisoner to now coming back to owning his city in a red coat after losing his convict cottons … Trudy [played by Regina King] lets the citizens of Redwood know that new laws are in place now that Rufus Buck is back! ”

THE HARDEST THAT THEY FALL (left to right) JT HOLT as MARY'S GUARD, REGINA KING as TRUDY SMITH, ZAZIE BEETZ as MARY FIELDS, JUSTIN CLARKE as MARY'S GUARD in THE HARDER ILS FALL Cr .  DAVID LEE / NETFLIX © 2021

Messam worked closely with Regina King to bring the character Treacherous Trudy to life. For Regina, she brought her professionalism and experience to the look of her character. We talked about everything from how she was going to button her jacket, to how she was going to take the jacket off, to the placement of her. knife.” This level of detail led to an authenticity that helped ground King’s performance in reality. “Trudy is a gunslinger, but she could be in a satin dress with a pistol belt and it felt authentic and organic to her. Even when she saves Rufus Buck and carnage ensues, she has it. looks elegant. ” Indeed, it does. Perched on a horse with a perfectly tailored corset and luxurious bowler hat, I bet you’ve never seen a more glamorous thief.

HARDEST THEY FALL: ZAZIE BEETZ as MARY FIELDS in THE HARDEST THEY FALL Cr.  DAVID LEE / NETFLIX © 2021

Of all the gunslingers in the movie, Zazie Beetz’s stagecoach Mary might have the best outfits. “Antoinette is very detail-oriented and puts her heart into making sure each piece truly matches the character,” said Beetz of the costume designer. For Beetz, these major pieces included an iconic top hat, boned and lace-up corsets, layered riding gear topped with shiny cobalt shawls, and a shotgun accessory that accompanies his character everywhere as a toddler. with his teddy bear.

All of these gorgeous costumes fit perfectly into this new school western. The more they fall is currently in select theaters and streaming on Netflix. I bet my six-shooter you’re gonna fall in love with this movie.

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