Oscar-Nominated Chang Talks Grandmaster Costumes

William Chang is certainly “The Grandmaster” of production/costume design and editing in terms of his long-time collaboration with director Wong Kar-wai. And even though he’s received his first Oscar nomination for costume designing the lyrical Ip Man martial arts extravaganza, you can’t separate his contribution to the overall look and editorial style of the movie.

“For me, I like to do the sets and costumes together and then think about the rhythm and the timing afterwards,” Chang explains. But The Grandmaster was a four-year production that was cut differently for China, France, and the U.S., each emphasizing a different flavor. (Apparently the director is still contemplating a definitive version for future release.)

The costumes were no less demanding in contributing to the look (120 pieces were created in nearly two years, including hand-made jewelry, embroidery, trimming and beading). The movie┬ácovers three different periods (early 20th century, 1920s/’30s and ’50s in Hong Kong) while embracing the distinctive styles between the wintry north and warm south.

Read the rest at TOH/Indiewire.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Costume, Editing, Oscar, Production Design

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