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The Hardest Costume Design Challenge on ‘Cyrano’ Had Nothing to Do With the Lead Character

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This story about the “Cyrano” costume design first appeared in the Below-the-Line Issue of TheWrap’s awards magazine.

The real Cyrano de Bergerac lived in France in the 17th century, and the Edmond Rostand play that immortalized him begins in 1640. But director Joe Wright made a conscious decision to move the action up a century for his new musical “Cyrano,” which stars Peter Dinklage as the poetic swashbuckler.

“The idea was to re-create Cyrano around the mid-1700s to give the idea of lightness through the costumes,” costume designer Massimo Cantini Parrini said. “The 1600s, while a beautiful period to represent, is very set and rigid. Setting a musical in the 1700s allowed us to make everything light and airy at the same time.”

Parrini achieved that lightness by using delicate and transparent fabrics inspired by watercolors from the 1700s that he’d seen in a museum in Rome. “The colors were so watery and ethereal that I wanted to re-create them through the costumes, using more fabrics one on top of the other, with different colors,” he said.

He worked with natural fibers such as silk and linen, along with fabrics like organza that are “delicate but full-bodied at the same time.” He added, “For me, it is very important to maintain the criteria of the costume itself while capturing the essence of the historical period that I have to represent.”

Costume design for Peter Dinklage’s Cyrano

But Parrini occasionally used costumes that weren’t strictly accurate to the period. “Bringing modernity to a historical language is very important for understanding the costumes,” he said. “It is important for me that the costume is understood even by an audience that knows nothing of the past.”

He also needed to pay attention to the requirement that costumes would need to move with actors who suddenly turned into dancers. “I enjoyed using materials that aided me in creating movement,” he said. “For example, it was wonderful to see the soldiers in their rigid uniforms suddenly become light as air during the dance sequences.”

Costume sketch for the character of De Guiche

His favorite articles of clothing, though, were the ones he designed for Ben Mendelsohn’s villain, De Guiche, while the most challenging designs were for the nuns in a convent where Cyrano’s longtime secret love, Roxanne, lives after her husband is killed in battle. (Costumes for Roxanne, played by Haley Bennett, were designed by Jacqueline Durran.)

“The nuns’ costumes were very difficult because I was looking for modernity and antiquity at the same time—they caused me a great deal of suffering!” he said. “The result is beautiful, though, because the nuns are ‘aliens’ of the 1700s, maintaining an authority that the clergy requires.”

Read more from the Below-the-Line Issue here.

Photo by Jeff Vespa for TheWrap

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‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Hits $1.6 Billion at the Box Office

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Another week, another set of box office milestones to have fallen at the feet of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man: No Way Home, continuing what’s been a regularly recurring theme ever since the multiversal blockbuster first hit theaters over a month ago.

Tom Holland’s web-slinger may have lost his box office crown to Ghostface’s return in slasher sequel Scream, but a running domestic tally in excess of $700 million has secured Spidey’s status as the star of the fourth highest-grossing domestic hit of all-time.

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Jordan Cashmyer, ’16 and Pregnant’ Star, Dies at 26

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Jordan Cashmyer, best known for being featured on MTV’s reality series “16 and Pregnant,” has died. She was 26 years old.

Cashmyer’s family revealed the news on Facebook on Sunday morning, though did not give a cause of death.

“Last night I received a call no parent ever wants,” Cashmyer’s family wrote. “My oldest beloved daughter, Jordan has passed away, she was only 26 years old. Our hearts are truly broken. No parent should ever have to go through losing a child, EVER. Please keep my family in your thoughts prayers as we navigate through this terrible tragedy. Please understand and respect our privacy at this time. We are surrounded by the love and support of our children, grand daughter [sic] Lyla and family members.”

Jordan Cashmyer and her boyfriend were featured on “16 and Pregnant” in 2014. Back then, Cashmyer’s family did not approve of the couple’s relationship, and cut their daughter off. She and Derek Taylor were left homeless before she eventually gave birth to a girl they named Genevieve “Evie” Shae Taylor.

Just months before checking into rehab in June 2014, Cashmyer wrote in a blog post, “For the past two years, I have struggled with addiction… I practically used my body as a trashcan and would put whatever was given to me in my body. I got to the point where I wanted to die. I had lost everything I cared about in life and felt that I had nothing to live for, so I was hospitalized for a little over a week.”

Cashmyer and Taylor did not stay together after the show, and after further struggles in her personal life, Jordan signed custody of her daughter over to Taylor’s mother in 2015, albeit temporarily. In 2017, Cashmyer was arrested for drug possession, but celebrated one year of sobriety in January 2021.

“It is with a heavy heart that we found out our grand-daughter [sic] Jordan has passed away,” Dennis Cashmyer Sr., Jordan’s grandfather wrote. “Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers.”

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