Designer Colleen Atwood Talks SUPERGIRL, THE FLASH and ARROW Costumes


Colleen Atwood is an Oscar Award winning costume designer but in the last few years she's been knee-deep in DC Comics costumes.  She has been a driving force for costumes for the DCCW-Universe since the Arrow premiere and she recently spoke with Variety to discuss the process of creating the perfect Superhero costume.

When they asked how she comes up with an initial concept, Atwood explains:

"Well, in the opportunities I’ve had to do it, I go from a story point, from where the script has put the superhero, and then back into the history of that superhero in the world that [they inhabit], the traditions, and try to come up with something that has a touch of the old, but makes it a fresh kind of superhero."

Atwood explains that she has to involve the actor or actress in the design process as despite her experience in designing costumes that actors and actresses can move freely in, nothing beats seeing the actor or actress move in the costume.  As an example, she explains that when she designed the Flash costume she built the running shoes that Grant Gustin trained for the role with into the costume.


She also explained that part of the fun in designing costumes is adding personal touches.  She designed a very subtle lightning bolt motif into the Flash costume and played a lot with the logo in the designing process.

She also touched on the process of designing Melissa Benoist's costume for Supergirl, she embraced the Americana that's become so linked with the Superman family and admits that a lot of her concept was inspired by the strength of the pilot's script.


If you'd like to read more of the interview you can check it out at the link below.

Source - Variety

Arrow airs Wednesdays on the CW 8E and is available streaming.
The Flash airs on the CW, Tuesdays at 8E and is available streaming.
Supergirl airs Monday Nights at 8E on CBS starting in November.

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