Goth Couture is All The Rage in The Mortal Instruments
Have you heard of couture goth? No? Well, that's because you haven't seen The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones yet. But, believe us, when the movie starring Lily Collins premieres on August 21 it will be a full-on thing. Gersha Phillips, the film's costume designer, used the phrase to describe the film's dark yet chic look and it seems just right to us. "There's this whole movement of what I call couture goth clothing," said Phillips, "It's high-end, super cool, really stylized goth looking stuff that's quite fabulous." Think designers Yohji Yamamoto, Junya Watanabe and Julius—edgy, high quality, and perfect for Clary Fray (Collins) and Shadowhunters—the good guys who protect us humans from demons. For the movie, though, these beautiful pieces had to be Shadowhunter-fied, "These guys were warriors," explained Phillips, "They fight all the time so I wanted them to have a slightly different look. I liked the idea of taking what Diesel does with their leather and denim and applying it to the costume. Everything was completely distressed and broken down, it had to look like they'd been wearing it for a while."
The movie follows Fray during her transformation from average girl to half-angel-half-human demon killer. Fray is key to saving the Shadowhunting world. As for her pre-demon-hunting personal style, "I think she has a sort of boho, urban, girl-next-door kind of look. She's your basic teenager living in Brooklyn," says Phillips, "We chose a really cool leather jacket and she was wearing Diesel jeans and a Brooklyn Industries t-shirt." After she meets Jace (Jamie Campbel Bower), who is also a Shadowhunter and serves as her introduction to the demon hunting world, her look gets a lot darker and sexier. "Clary's character is new to the world of Shadowhunting so she borrows clothes from Isabelle (Jemima West). The next book [yes, another movie is already green-lighted], it will definitely be something different. We will be creating her own look, sort of like an amalgamation of her two worlds," explained Phillips.
Collins was very collaborative with her characters on their looks, but according to Phillips, it was Bower who contributed the most. "I would say Jamie had more to say about what he wanted to wear than Lily!" laughed Phillips, "He's done Camelot and things like that where he had to move around physically," continues Phillips, so he knew what we has doing. "We wanted Jamie to have a really heroic leader look because that's who he is. I wanted a longer coat, but he didn't. It got in his way too much when he was fighting; he needed to be more functional. He actually had the idea to wear a hood, so we made one that attached to all his jackets. It was a really good idea."
Phillips says the film's biggest fashion moment comes at Magnus Bane's (Godfrey Gao) house party. Jean Paul Gaultier lent Phillips runway pieces for the scene and it turned out beautifully. But, if you can't afford designer prices, Phillips suggests you shop at H&M, Diesel and Forever 21 to capture Fray's look.
Click through the slideshow to shop pieces inspired by the movie and make sure to catch it in theaters August 21!