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'Dallas Buyers Club' costume designers on Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto's transformations

Jared Leto learned what it was like to walk in someone else’s heels thanks to Dallas Buyers Club costume designers Kurt and Bart, who brought to life the film’s mid-’80s-inspired wardrobe. Still, the duo — who are nominated for a Costume Designers Guild Award — give full credit to their cast.

“It was fantastic to work with such committed actors,” said Kurt and Bart, who reached out to EW from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay set, where they are currently overseeing the film’s next two installments.

Leto was so committed, in fact, that he remained in character as Rayon — an HIV-positive transgender woman — throughout their time together. “We spoke to Jared once on the phone and then [he stayed in character as] Rayon the entire time from the first fitting out of a suitcase and a plastic bag at his airport hotel room [to] right before his first meeting with [director] Jean-Marc [Vallée].”

Because of this, Kurt and Bart often reference Leto by his character’s name when discussing the costume process. And, according to them, Rayon had one definite opinion when it came to what she wore. “The only thing Rayon was adamant about was she never wanted to wear pants,” they explained, noting that Leto declined to wear a pair of “glam, but also very feminine” high-waisted pink flared trousers that the two had presented. “I know Jared was very into embracing the unfamiliar. He explained it as, ‘I know what it feels like to wear pants.’ I think the vulnerability of a dress or skirt helped him find Rayon, which totally makes sense.”

Kurt and Bart also embraced Matthew McConaughey’s extreme weight loss, though it did pose a unique challenge for the costume designers. The only thing tighter than the film’s budget was its 23-day schedule. “Our shooting schedule didn’t allow for any time to shoot Matthew with a little more weight on him for the ‘healthier’ sequences. We worked really hard to tailor the clothes that he repeated in the film so that they fit differently in different parts of the film. Working with single vintage garments, this was a feat of last-minute tailoring. We made him three different lengths of the same belt to add to the effect,” they said. “We found that if his clothes were more fitted it actually made him look healthier instead of emphasizing how thin he was. We played with oversizing his jeans and shirts a bit when he was sicker to make him look smaller.”

For their hard work, the duo — who have collaborated since 2000 working on everything from music videos (Britney Spears’ “Slave 4 U,” Madonna’s “Me Against the Music”) to television series (How to Make It in America) and films (Stoker with Nicole Kidman) — are up for their first CDG Award. Nominated in the period film category, Kurt and Bart are up against 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, The Great Gatsby, and Saving Mr. Banks. The costume designers couldn’t be more thrilled. “Receiving a nomination from your peers is the best, especially for this film.”

Read on for EW’s exclusive Q&A with Kurt and Bart to learn who made McConaughey’s signature cowboy hats, what it was like working around Leto’s real-life tattoos, and to find out who wore a shirt right off the costume designers’ backs. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014: The makeup of 'Dallas Buyers Club' and creating a realistic portrait of AIDS


When you think about the look of Dallas Buyers Club, makeup probably isn’t top of mind. Everyone knows about Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto’s extreme physical transformations and Jean-Marc Vallée’s preference for natural light and handheld realism, but to the untrained eye, beyond the transgender beauty makeup on Leto’s Rayon, it might be hard to see on the surface why the film is one of the three Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar nominees.

All Matthew McConaughey had to do was gain and lose that weight, right? Wrong.

“People don’t realize how much makeup is actually in the movie, but that’s the ultimate compliment. That’s exactly what I was trying to do,” makeup lead Robin Mathews told EW.


Guy Style: Who was best dressed at the Critics' Choice Awards? -- POLL

Even to those of us who know the difference between a shawl collar and a peaked lapel, most male stars become blurs of black and white amid a parade of gowns on the red carpet.

So let’s take a moment to appreciate the guy style at last night’s Critics’ Choice Film Awards.

Click on to get all the fashion details on Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, and Pharrell Williams and cast your vote for best dressed. READ FULL STORY

Matthew McConaughey has a clothing line? See his spring collection

Actor, father… clothing designer? Who knew Matthew McConaughey has his own line of mens wear?

The Dallas Buyers Club star quietly launched his JKL Brand label — the name is a play on the actor’s motto, “Just keep livin'” — earlier this year.

The adventure-inspired line, which is available at Dillards, currently includes message tees with “fun and witty truisms straight from Matthew’s mouth” ($17.50), pullover sweaters ($59.50-$99.50), and slim-fit jeans ($62.65-$89.50).

McConaughey ventured into the fashion business as a way to further his philanthropic endeavors. A portion of every sale benefits the Just Keep Livin’ Foundation, the non-profit the actor created to provide after-school fitness and wellness programs in inner-city high schools. “The Just Keep Livin’ Foundation provides a place where kids can go after school and be part of a fun, supportive, positive unit. It’s the team for the kids who maybe didn’t ‘make the team,'” McConaughey said in a statement sent to EW. “With each purchase of any JKL Brand item, a portion of that buy directly funds a resource necessary to give the young men and women in our foundation what [they] need. It’s inspiring, because we see how it helps.”

Although McConaughey stars alongside Scarlett Johansson in ads for Dolce & Gabbana’s The One fragrance line, earlier this year he told Women’s Wear Daily why he’ll never be the face of his own clothing label. “I want to be behind this, not in front of it,” explained the actor, who is actively involved in the design process. “I’m the author, not the face or the definition.”

Get a sneak peek at the JKL Brand spring 2014 collection after the jump…


Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey sell perfume, Ron Burgundy's Dodge commercial, and more

Esquire‘s sexiest woman and People‘s sexiest man smell as good as they look, anchorman Ron Burgundy has a staring contest with a horse, Lena Dunham consults a personal shopper, and more.

Read on for all of today’s top style and design headlines.  READ FULL STORY

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