Last Friday kicked off the second season of 'Hannibal' in high style. I'm all in and looking forward to seeing how it all plays out over the next 12 weeks.
Also featured last week was part one of my conversation with 'Hannibal' costume designer Christopher Hargadon. In part two, Christopher begins by talking about having more room 'to play' in season two, when it comes to dressing Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelson). The conversation continues immediately following this photo.
Christopher Hargadon: I'm kind of surprised to see that in season two that my interest has actually increased in the costuming of this show rather than the opposite, which is what I kind of expected. I feel like we can play around a little bit now. He (Hannibal)'s got this kind of determined look...I'm looking at the suits in his closet. He's got about 50, all different patterns and colors.
Last week I was pulling clothes for the next day and accidentally I pulled out a jacket from one suit and a vest from another suit. I thought they were part of the same suit. I put them together, then I put a shirt with it and I realized it was two different patterns. I kept on going with it and finished putting together the look. And I thought, 'this guy, he probably walks into this closet of suits and once in awhile he starts playing around with them.' So I offered that (idea) up to Bryan Fuller and he said 'if it works, it works'. When I showed it to Mads, I asked him what he thought and he said, 'I like it. It's cheeky!'
In season one, was there any particular look that made you say, 'we got it, this is Hannibal'? You know, everytime I'd see him in person, I felt that way. I don't even recognize what he has on. I just see the whole of him. That's what every costume designer strives for: to highlight the person and not necessarily the clothes.
There is one suit that we did this year that I really, really, really love. It was sad because I planned it for a short scene so that I could repeat it. But Mads liked it so much that he wound up wearing it for 25 consecutive scenes! Unfortunately I could never play that suit again. It's a charcoal gray with a red graphic grid pattern in it. It was just an awesome looking suit. Bryan Fuller loved it so much I made one for him.
Were there any outfits from last season that were particularly memorable to you? I really liked him in a velvet jacket that I thought looked terrific on him. He used to host his dinner parties in it sometimes. He had a couple of suits that I call his 'Easter Bunny' suits, because they're a lighter weight wool, one was a buttery yellow, the other was a very soft blue. I loved those suits because the weather was warm enough to wear them and they looked so fresh. Unfortunately they can't play very long because we plunge into fall quickly, the way the season runs.
My great heartbreak is I had this one beautiful, beautiful blue Easter Bunny suit. We ended up not playing it because it needed a coat with it and there really wasn't a coat that went with it, for an exterior. In the end they didn't shoot the exterior, so I could have put it on him anyway! It's sitting in his closet now, I hope someday I get to use it.
How do you find the amazingly unique fabric for his suits? I found a couple of sources and depleted them, then I kept looking. I started to have to find suppliers so that I could get fabric from Europe. As time progresses, that's going to be a costume designer's greatest challenge: finding fabric. If you can't find the fabric, you have to find one that will work.
It's interesting to see how you dress Mads, because while it's cutting edge, it's also timeless and won't date. That said, I can't imagine a scenario where he would ever own a pair of jeans. Can you? No (laughs). Unless he's on the run. He could be in leather, jeans, God knows what. I hope we do it (laughs)!
Thanks to Christopher Hargadon, Martha De Laurentiis and Adrienne Kakoullis.
'Hannibal' airs Friday night at 10pm on NBC.