Just yesterday, we showed you a plethora of images from the set of It, courtesy of director Andy Muschietti’s Instagram account. Today, Entertainment Weekly is dropping jaws by giving us our first full reveal of the new evil clown, Pennywise, played by Bill Skarsgard. Behold!
Emmy-winning costume designer Janie Bryant (Deadwood, Mad Men) put serious thought into this form-fitting suit, which incorporates elements from clowns and jesters throughout history (Medieval, Renaissance, Elizabethan, and Victorian eras); She tell EW:
“The costume definitely incorporates all these otherworldly past lives, if you will. [Pennywise] is definitely a clown from a different time. That pleating is actually Fortuny pleating, which gives it almost a crepe-like effect. It’s a different technique than what the Elizabethans would do. It’s more organic, it’s more sheer. It has a whimsical, floppy quality to it. It’s not a direct translation of a ruff or a whisk, which were two of the collars popular during the Elizabethan period. There is almost a doll-like quality to the costume. The pants being short, the high waistline of the jacket, and the fit of the costume is a very important element. It gives the character a child-like quality. If you look at the sleeves, there are the two puffs off the shoulder and biceps and again on the bloomers, I wanted it to have an organic, gourd or pumpkin kind of effect. It helps exaggerate certain parts of the body. The costume is very nipped in the waist and with the peplum and bloomers it has an expansive silhouette. The pompoms are orange, and then with the trim around the cuffs and the ankles, it’s basically a ball fringe that’s a combination of orange, red, and cinnamon. It’s almost like Pennywise fades into his environment. But there are accents to pull out the definition of the gray silk. It makes him almost like a shadow.”
It, based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King and a screenplay penned by Gary Dauberman, is slated to hit US theaters on September 8, 2017. In addition to Skarsgard, the film stars: Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Javier Botet, and Owen Teague.