Snow White and the Huntsman costumes dark and luscious

Known for her work on Edward Scissorhands, Big Fish, and a score of other Tim Burton movies, costume designer Colleen Atwood takes her look into fairy tales with this gothic romp on Snow White and the Huntsman.

“A lot of the old fairy tales are actually pretty dark,” costume designer Colleen Atwood tells SheKnows in a private viewing of several of the wardrobe pieces from the new gothic take on the classic fairy tale, Snow White and the Huntsman. “This kind of harkens back to the old, mysterious, spooky fairy tale,” she says, “So, I really liked that aspect of it.” 

Colleen Atwood

There are no singing robins or white fluffy bunnies in this version. Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame plays Snow White, and from the looks of the costuming, she’s not wearing a long flowing dress. Rather, in Snow White and the Huntsman, our heroine wears an armor, complete with sword and shield. “We used different elements from different kinds of armor,” says Atwood.

Atwood got her start in costuming as an assistant to the costume designer for A Little Sex, a 1982 comedy staring Kate Capshaw. From there, she moved from New York to Hollywood and began honing her skills as the woman who could bring darkness out of any design.

Her list of credits includes The Silence of the Lambs, Married to the Mob, Ed Wood and Little Women. She has won Academy Awards for her work on Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Alice in Wonderland.

This time, she wanted to do something a little different, especially with the Queen’s dress.

Using 10th century medieval research and a bit of inspiration from fabrics and the script, she created something unique to say the least.

Charlize Theron, who has said in previous interviews that she thinks of the Queen as a “serial killer” will be wearing the wedding dress. “This was a piece that I always had in my head,” says Atwood. SheKnows brings you this special look at the dress and other gorgeous costumes from Snow White and the Huntsman.

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