Morshead created Drea and Eleanor’s standout looks for the film’s Admissions Party climax.
“We wanted it to be super special,” she explained. I knew it would be nighttime and there would be fire, lights, and a crowd. So how do we make them stand out from a crowd that actually gets dressed? I wanted something that could really reflect.”
An image of Carla Bruni became the inspiration for Drea’s green iridescent dress, to which a surprising design element was added. “My assistant costume designer introduced me to the beauty stores in Atlanta,” Morshead said, “which are incredible and the chains on those dresses are actually two belts that cost $1.50 each.”
When it came to Eleanor, “I loved the idea of an androgynous oversized suit,” Morshead noted. “She’s still just too cool to say, ‘I’m going to get a dress or a dress.’ Of course she’s wearing a cool suit and can take that off.”
“I remember waking up one day and thinking, ‘Orange zippers. I need to make something with orange zippers,'” she continued. “I went to the fabric store and bought 75 orange trouser zippers and we sewed them all together and then wrapped it and made it into a kind of corset top.”
But the light lame fabric was a gamble, Morshead admitted: “A lot of people said, ‘I don’t know, Alana.’ And I thought, ‘I know, it can be terrible. But let’s just do it, we have to try!’ Of course we did and we were like, ‘This is it!'”