'Eclipse' costume trivia: Deleted scene, karate pants, and more!

eclipse-fashionImage Credit: Summit EntertainmentYou can learn a lot about a character — and an actor — talking to a film’s costume designer. Here, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse‘s Tish Monaghan reveals a few secrets from the wardrobe closets:

• Robert Pattinson wanted to wear karate pants for the training sequence. “So we got him some karate pants, and it’s like the crotch hangs down to the knees, and I just thought, Ugh. Who’s gonna go for this? Because everything has to be approved by Summit,” Monaghan says. “We took them in a little bit, and they loved the karate pants. Who knew? I was so surprised.”

• Even at the film’s premiere, people squealed when Taylor Lautner turned around in that black T-shirt. “It was almost embarrassing. I felt so bad for him,” Monaghan says, with a laugh. “They were screaming and going ‘Wooooo!'” As she’d done on New Moon, her M.O. was to put him in smaller size Gap or Banana Republic T-shirts to emphasize his biceps, tightening the tees around the arm holes and taking them in down the side. (Pattinson wore Gap T-shirts, exclusively, she adds. “They were what fit him best. They had the best colors. So that’s what he ended up wearing, even when Edward takes Bella up to the tent. It may strike people as odd, but he doesn’t feel temperature, so that’s why we only put him in a shirt, and Bella’s all bundled up, and Jacob, of course, is running around shirtless.”

• Rosalie’s wedding dress was the star of a deleted scene: For Rosalie’s flashback to the 1930s, Monaghan’s department both rented original period dresses and made two ensembles — the one she wore when she was attacked, and her wedding dress. “Unfortunately in the film, we only see her arriving at the door,” Monaghan says, of the latter’s entrance. “I’m not sure why the scene with her floating down the hallway was cut out — maybe it’s because the element of surprise had a stronger impact. They didn’t want us to know in advance who was coming to the door. But we made a silk train for her that floated down the hallway as she kind of hydroplaned down the carpet. [Actress Nikki Reed] was mounted on a contraption, almost like a bicycle seat, and the camera was in front of her and to the side, and she just when whoooooooosh. She was rolled down the hallway at quite the speed and a fan would blow up her veil so that it was trailing behind her. It looked wonderful. The train itself was probably about 10 or 12 feet, and then the veil went beyond that.”

• Riley (Xavier Samuel) has great taste in victims: “The sensibility of all of the newborns, including Riley, is that they’re scavengers. They’re going to steal pieces from whomever they find. Riley just happened to find somebody who was wearing a G-Star jacket and some really cool jeans,” Monaghan says, with a laugh. “Once he was turned, I just wanted to put him in something that was edgy and very contemporary. We wanted to make him young and powerful but still have this kind of dark sexiness to him. We found this great G-Star jacket for him and tight, tight jeans and a beautiful Paul Smith shirt. And then he had one other change after that, which was the same jacket and tight reddish maroon jeans, which for us was important because once he got into battle with the Cullens and the werewolves, we had to separate the newborns from the Cullens color-wise. We had to make sure that there wasn’t any confusion as to who was on whose team when a body was flying through the air. So with the Cullens, we intentionally put them in black, dark navy or dark gray. With the newborns, we put them in earth tones and hints of brighter colors.”

• There’s a bit of old Victoria in new Victoria. “Because of the transition from Rachelle Lefevre to Bryce Dallas Howard, we decided that the first time that we saw Victoria, we should definitely put her into pieces of the costume that we had last seen Victoria wearing in New Moon, just so that the audience, aside from her large mane of tangled red hair, would definitely know that this is who that character is. There’s all these things that you work on so hard, and then it ends up becoming such a subliminal thing,” Monaghan says. “Gradually, we transitioned out of that into something a little bit different to make it Bryce’s own character. Because she was going to be courting Riley, I wanted something that was dark and foreboding but still sensual, because she has to lure him. We made a black lace top with a zipper that kind of went around her neck, and you could unzip it as far down the front as was necessary. Just a romantic/punk look. It works really well with her red hair, and her skin showed through, and you could see that she was being a little bit of a siren and trying to work her magic on Riley.”

• Emmett wears lighter colors than the other Cullens to showcase Kellan Lutz’s muscles. “Absolutely,” Monaghan says, when asked if this theory about his Old Navy hoodie is correct. “I also knew that the focus was going to be on him and his chase with Victoria in the woods, so I just really wanted to make sure that he stood out amongst all the dark backgrounds…. You probably won’t notice, but I made a very conscious decision to have the Cullens move through the color palette. They’re in lighter colors when they first hunt Victoria. The next big scene, when they’re in their workout wear, they’re in sort of midtones. Then when they have the final battle, that’s when I put them all in black, because I wanted them to be more stealth-like.”

• A lot of work goes into seconds of screen time. Take the newborn army Jasper (Jackson Rathbone, in a uniform purchased from a company that clothes reenactment societies, then aged as though he’d been riding in the desert for months) trained in his Civil War flashback. “It’s so fast, but for us, we have to do the work and prepare for that scene just as much as we would for any character,” Monaghan says. “They were scavengers from the 1800s, so it was a mix of garments that they grabbed from different armys, bankers, merchants, hookers.” The siren who turned him and leads the army is actually wearing his jacket and sash over her skirt. “That’s just me trying to show the link between the two of them,” she says. “For us, it’s the challenge in doing all of these thematic linkings that makes our job worthwhile. It’s important to do it, even if nobody else notices.”

• It takes a village to build a village. Unearthing what the Quileute tribe would have been wearing in the 1700s, before photography, was another challenge. Monaghan turned to ship logs from explorers who landed on the Pacific Coast and described the natives’ jewelry, their cedar bark clothing, and their dog-haired blankets. She looked at works by artist Paul Kane, and visited two Canadian museums of archeology with extensive native artifacts unearthed from burial sites. “We took all of this, and we said, ‘How are we gonna make this cheaply?’ Because we found someone was selling a recreated cedar cape online for $25,000 a garment. We ended up making them out of ground cover used in landscaping. We got something like 200 feet for $25,” Monaghan says. “So I had a whole team of people who made it one-time wear. We went to a taxidermist, and we got bones. We went to restaurants and got mussel shells. We went to another place and got abalone shells, which we used for our jewelry. We made hats out of straw baskets from Chinatown. We used wool blankets and raw silk. I was so happy with the outcome of recreating the Quileute village in the 1700s. I just thought it worked spectacularly for its, I think, 10 seconds of screen time.”

• You almost saw Kristen Stewart in a swimsuit. That’s what Bella was wearing in the script when she was saying goodbye to her mother and the sun. “Realistically, that’s never gonna look good on anybody if they’re just lying there. If they’re gonna dive into a pool and swim, maybe,” Monaghan says. “I just approached the director and said, ‘Listen, can we just do cutoffs or something instead?’ I think originally, we were going to shoot on location [in Florida], but instead, we shot in Vancouver. The temperature was not warm at all, and we wanted to keep them comfortable as well.”

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  • Ceballos

    “We took all of this, and we said, ‘How are we gonna make this cheaply?’”

    I believe this very same quote is engraved in the lobby of Summitt Entertainment headquarters.

    • Ana

      Oh yeah totally their policy over their money making machine movie the cheapest the best.

    • Martina

      I don’t see it. Alice wears tons of designer pieces, certainly out of my price range. marc jacobs, diane von fustenberg and more. So does Rosalee. None of that is at all cheap. The wardrobe was brilliant. Bella is the best one, and her clothing is a bit less pricey. Not cheap, by any means, but affordable. The best thing about Bellas look is it never detracts from Kristen Stewarts beautiful facr, and perfect figure. its stylish, but very understated. that is a very difficult look to put together. Genius.

  • StewyFan

    Hold up .. I ALMOST saw Kristen in a bathing suit? Damn.

    • Ambient Lite

      Ha ha ha!

    • Riss

      I saw the bathing suit under the clothes. I never thought it was a possibility. Now that I know it was, I’m kind of disappointed Kristen in a bathing suit=WIN!

    • Sarah

      I know right?! hahaha

    • ???

      I hope all of you are males or lesbian.

      • StewyFan

        Sooooo … if I’m neither then I have disappointed you?

      • M

        Right, because women couldn’t possibly point out other women’s beauty without being attracted to them… idiot.

    • Kris

      Kristen + Swimsuit= PUKE

      • Ten

        PUKE means vagina in our language

      • 9

        that’s true. and that is in the Philippines

      • Martina

        Do you often puke when you see beautiful people in bathing suits or something? You should go to a doctor.

    • Robward


    • Mel

      I am pretty sure we will see Kristen in a bathing suit in Breaking Dawn, part I — their honeymoon!!! Hmmm, I wonder if they are finally going to show more skin on both Edward & Bella? After all, the book made it seemed like it, or was it just my “wild” imagination? LOL.

  • Ambient Lite

    I think they did a GREAT job with Riley – he’s the one character that I feel has actually looked better/translated better in the movies vs how I’d pictured them in the books. Alice would probably be a close second, but we’d have to ignore much of what she’s worn in the movies.

    • StewyFan

      How did this happen? Me and you are the only two on this post and we DON’T hate Twilight. I wonder how long this will last. 1, 2, 3 …
      I agree about Riley. He looked the same as I pictured him in the book.

      • Ambient Lite

        I know, it’s weird. Maybe all of the haters were smited? Maybe God loves Twilight too. LOL

      • Andrea

        hey, i’m a 3rd! and i agree with ambient light about Riley, they made him look better than i would have expected.

    • You Rang?

      Nah, it’s just that this article doesn’t really interest anyone enough to hate on it. I mean, really? Costumes in Twilight? They wear pants and shirts, with an occasional dress in there. Nothing groundbreaking here. If I want to look at good costumes, which I actually love doing, I’ll Google a period flick, or something where it doesn’t look like their costumes consist of things they could find in their own closets or at Hot Topic. Anyway, since you were wondering, we’re all over on the box office prediction article. lol

      • StewyFan

        Figures. You guys are foaming at the mouth as per usual over Eclipse not making 200 mil last weekend and potentially not making over 20 this weekend. *yawns*

      • You Rang?

        Yawn all you want, but you guys are the ones who were asking where we were, with no provocation from anyone else. Why do you care so much? lol

      • StewyFan

        I care a lot. I look forward to the nice respectful mature debates and arguments that we get in on a daily basis over such topics as sparkly vampires, shirtless werewolves, and Kristen’s inability to NOT act sullen and depressed. LOL
        You guys seem to inundate every other Twilight related post, I figured I could hope for one that was all fun and positivity for once. No? Ok, I just thought I would ask. Muwah.

      • You Rang?

        I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic or not with the first part of your post. I would assume so, but then, you were the one who brought US up in the first place, so maybe you DO actually like arguing about it, contrary to what the second part of your post says.

      • StewyFan

        Yeah, my sarcasm is apparently lost in translation here. You guys actually crack me up … well sometimes.

  • StewyFan

    On another note, I hate they deleted the floating Rosalie scene. That would have been cool. Why would deleting it add to a surprise? All the fans knew what was going to happen, and she was doing VO that she was coming for Royce. I don’t get it.

    • PattiLovex3

      It would have been cool to see that scene.

    • nunnya


    • wino

      yeah, in her voiceover, she specifically says” i got my revenge, came for douche last”. there was no element of surprise. that scene would have been cool to watch.

    • Anya

      Maybe it’ll be in the DVD.

  • Jackie

    I didn’t see New Moon, so I can’t make the comparison between Victoria’s wardrobe in that and in Eclipse, but did anyone else notice the horrible wig they put on Bryce Dallas Howard?

    • StewyFan

      Did you notice the horrible wigs they put on EVERYBODY? hehe

      • Jackie

        Ha ha, well, Bryce’s was the most noticable :) Wig totally aside, I thought she was a terrible Victoria. Disregarding the fact that she looked better, Rachelle Lefevre was SO much better as the character!

      • StewyFan

        Yeah, I have a soft spot for Rachelle. I always will. I am indifferent to BDH. She didn’t disappoint, but she didn’t blow me away either. She was just there.

      • Yola

        I actually liked the way BDH affected her voice to sound how Victoria was described to sound in the books. That small change made me actually like her as Victoria…

      • Gabby

        Stewart’s was the worst and I’m pretty sure it was the same one Jacob wore in the first movie.

      • @Gabby

        Well, their budget is so skimpy that you can’t expect them to spend money on things like better wigs, and more believable contact lenses. lol

      • StewyFan

        But yet they have enough money to attempt to bribe Kristen to not cut her hair. But see, that didn’t work. How dare Kristen think that Summit would actually have nice looking wigs? *sarcasm*

  • skellington

    there gone! where are all the haters? Believe me, I’M NOT ASKING FOR THEM! I’m liking this environment.

    • Liz

      I’ll spew some “hate” for you. Twilight sux but at least it’s almost over. ;)

      • Sierra

        Twilight sucking is an opinion that will always exist but will never be the truth. Because the truth is that Twilight IS a Phenomenon and it has captured people of all ages and genders from every corner of the world. I only decided to read the saga back in November of 09 after denying for 5 years (since the books released in 2004) that I wanted to read a quote myself “Shitty series that consists of Vampires, werewolves, teenage romance, and a whole lot of ficticious thoughts”. But last year I gave in and I enjoyed it. After bashing it for so long. So sure, you and many others for whatever stereotypical reason may believe that Twilight sucks, and that is fine. That is YOUR opinion and others opinions. But the truth is, I was wrong, many ARE wrong, and the books, NOT the movies, will always be something that lives on for MANY reasons. And ALSO: IT is not almost over. Twilight movies have been going for 2 years. There is STILL another 2 years to go! So we are only half way done. and you realize, like all other movie series that are phenomenons they just keep going on recreation and reenactments and rereleases. So it will NEVER really be other. We still have Filming of Part 1 which starts in the fall, filming of Part 2 which starts in the spring of 2011, Production over the spring and summer, release in the fall, release of second film in 2012. So we have a while to go!
        If you dislike Twilight, then what is the point of reading articles about it and becoming a part of the community. Because you realize that the comments they are counting is not the positive ones, they are counting a hoels, so all in all, you are just uping Twilight ratings by commenting and reading their blogs/articles.
        CONGRATS to David Slade and the crew in Eclipse for creating the best movie yet, and having fantastic success.

      • laura

        Just because something is a phenomenon, doesn’t mean it can’t suck. And Twilight does. And I’m not just saying that as someone who has never given the books/movies a chance. I’ve read all the books and then unfortunately had to see the first two movies. Twilight is really more a fad that will pass than a phenomenon. And Breaking Dawn is possibly one of the worst books I have ever read. Calling it something akin to bad fan fiction is kind.

      • @Sierra

        ummm…. wtf…. calm down, sister.

      • Regina

        Sierra, you may have based your opinions on stereotypes before reading the books, but MY reasons for hating it aren’t based on stereotypes. I read them. And saw the movies. I actually waited to judge until I was better informed. And something being a phenomenon doesn’t automatically equal quality. Transformers 2 made an ungodly amount of money at the box office, yet that movie has been universally panned. Breaking Dawn is quite literally the worst book I’ve ever read. And I think calling it a “phenomenon” is going a bit too far. It’s popular, yes. A fad? Probably. But time will tell on whether its popularity will last beyond the credits rolling of the last movie. My guess is that it won’t.

      • Martina

        Its never going to be “over”. But I don’t understand why you don’t just stop reading about it. If you hate it, no one is forcing you to be here talking about it. You must have a sad, sad life, that you need to go out of your way to complain about something that other people like. Im sure people will be reading Twilight for many years to come. Probably for generations to come. Thats the power of a book.

    • Gabby

      Not gone. We just don’t have the energy nor do we care anymore.

      • Livvy

        I agree that Twlight is a fad. This ‘fever’ will definitely pass. As for phenomenons? Well, does Harry Potter ring a bell?

    • StewyFan

      So you are forfeiting? YES!!!!

      • avenger

        Nope, not forfeiting, we’re just not gonna post anymore because we have realized that if we do not post anti-twifreak stuff then less people will read the twilight articles and so fewer articles will be posted in the future. Us posting anti-twicrazy stuff only tells ew to post more and plays to your degenerate benefit. So let the boycott begin, we the rational few. Soon enough we won’t have to be subjected to this sh*t ;) Let us never click on a twilight article again

      • @avenger

        So happy to hear that you will no longer be subjected to this sh*t, and we will no longer be subjected to your sh*t.

      • @@avenger

        Ah, but avenger is just one in an army of thousands. Face it. As long as there is Twilight, there will be Twilight haters. lol

      • cringe

        Hey @avenger aka ambient lite–too too obvious jack*ss

  • lettergirl

    i would have liked to have seen more of the cullen backstories in the movie. i thought that was some of the most interesting of the book. also, i know it’s not her fault, but i really didn’t like BD HOWARD as victoria. i kept focusing on her weird hair. overall, i was entertained by the movie and enjoyed it. interesting article….

    • Anya

      I think the back stories are fascinating too. When I found out what happened to Rosalie, I felt sorry for her and understood her pain and disgust with Bella wanting to be turned.

      • Deanna

        I would of liked to see the Cullens stories too, and I love Twilight movies.

      • Martina

        really started hating her more. Rosalie is such a breeder, its gross. Its just sad to see a woman who can not be happy no matter what because she needs to plop out a baby. Immortality and wealth and her perfect mate are not good enough? Now that makes me puke. Worst of all, she thinks that all women have the same breeder ideals as her. Of all the characters I hated Rosalee most. Lots of women can’t have kids, get over it.

  • Emilee

    I really love these interviews with the more “behind-the-scenes” workers on a film set. It’s so interesting to see how much thought and work goes into the smallest scene.

    • Liz

      Robert Pattinson wanted to wear karate pants, that guy is such a crack up. He deserves to be known for more than looking pretty.

      • Ambient Lite

        I’m changing my name to Karate Pants for the rest of the day (yes, everywhere – here, professionally, and personally) to celebrate.

      • Heather

        Such an RPattz thing to do… =D

  • nodnarb

    Robert Pattinson is a poopy head!! And Kristen Stewart’s vagina smells like rockfish!!!
    Whew. Sorry we’re late. Just wanted to make ya’ll feel at home.

    • Karate Pants

      I know it’s Friday, but you guys are really getting lazy!

      • nodnarb

        LOL! I think the real haters have given up. I just wanted to see if I could get “Kristen Stewart’s vagina” past the EW censor. :)

      • Karate Pants

        Congratulations. lol

      • StewyFan

        *pops up* did someone just say “Kristen Stewart’s vagina”?

      • Lois

        oh Stewy ;)

    • Martina

      Its pretty obvious that “all the haters” are one poster pretending to be different people.

  • skellington

    never mind… =(

    • StewyFan

      Well it was great while it lasted.

  • kim

    I’m really excited to see what kind of wedding dress will they choose for Bella in Breaking Dawn. Kristen said in one of her interview that Stephenie will have input in this since it’s her vision and now she is also one of producer. I bet there will be bathing suit in honeymoon scene

    • Nancy

      Haha, you don’t think they’ll do a partial naked scene without the bathing suit like in the book? I think they’ll show her take off the towel and show her bare back and maybe a silouhette(sp?) I had a great vision of the Transformation scene one day, or night, of how they could portray it. I wish I had written it down. Not that it would ever have been seen or read by anyone important. They need to keep her quiet as she lays on the table with maybe flashes of inner screaming and visions. I think they should flash back and forth like that. And though she is silent, make sure we can tell she is gritting her teeth, locking them shut. That’s the best way I can describe what I think I see. :-)

      • ash

        She won’t be gritting her teeth, she’ll be chewing her lips.

      • Nicole

        I had a great vision of her changing scenes too. Taking a note from Chris weitz it could, have bella laid on the bed and as the camera zooms in, her body is changing (bruises going, body repairing) her heart beat getting slower and slower, and as it gets to her eyes, her heat stops and her red eyes open?

        or…. it could show Bella getting up (still pregnant before the placenta ruptures) and you see her face become pained, you see everyones reactions and running over to her… it airs out and out of the house (bird eye view) you hear her screaming… fade to black.

        im not sure… but just a few ideas :)

    • Cheri

      I saw on a photographer’s website the exact dress I imagined her wearing. If I see her in anything else, I’ll be pretty disappointed. lol

      • Cheri

        Google Watson Studios in Knoxville TN and check page 4.

      • Beth

        Beautiful dress! I think that would be great for her.

      • JJ


    • Anya

      Speaking of BD. I wonder how they are going to show the “Why am I covered in feathers?” scene. Bella’s supposed to be bruised all over. I wonder if they’ll tone down the swelling & bruises so she doesn’t look so much like a domestic abuse victim.

      • jo

        I read an article bout a week ago with the screen writer of the saga saying that she is including feathers, lingerie, and blood with the birth of Renesmee in BD

  • dee

    LOL Give it half an hour, guys.

  • Rhonda

    We’re just luring you into a false sense of security. lol

    • Caden

      Unbeleivbale how well-written and informative this was.

  • meliot

    I so enjoyed this article. I love all the details. I have not been able to see Eclipse yet, but we are going on the 7/27. I will now be paying special attention to the costumes.

  • Riss

    Those karate pants were amazing in IMAX. I’m just sayin.

    • StewyFan

      He was wearing pants? Oh, I guess that was my imagination running wild. lol

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