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'Beautiful Creatures' costume designer on dressing the characters in the supernatural flick


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Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert)

“Lena doesn’t want to be any different from anyone else but yet she is. Her taste is different. She’s more serious, she’s more studious, she’s smarter than your average teen. Her clothing kind of reflects that slightly darker, more serious tone, because she’s brooding. But still it has a certain fashion edge to it,” Kurland says. “You see a little vintage [edge] to her. The lengths of her skirts are longer than most of the other girls, she doesn’t wear jeans.” Kurland even designed Lena’s ball gown to fit the formal dress code of a pivotal Caster event while still representing her personality. “I designed the top of the gown as a man’s shirt might look, open and loose, which I felt was more her style,” he explains. Kurland did incorporate one special wardrobe piece from the book into the movie. “Lena’s necklace is definitely there, she wears it all the time. It’s a charm necklace that I made. She’s only 16 but she moves from town to town and collects little pieces from everywhere she’s been.”

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