'Daredevil' season 3: Costume designer Liz Vastola talks about what went into creating Murdock's and Kingpin's looks
Liz Vastola, the costume designer spoke about the process behind designing Daredevil’s black costume, and Wilson Fisk's white suit.
If you have watched Netflix's season 3 of Marvel's 'Daredevil' you would have noticed a major shift in Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) and Kingpin Wilson Fisk (Vincent D'Onofrio). Just as the fight scenes stood out in the season, the costumes also stood out in the entire season, especially Murdock's black suit and the Kingpin's white suit.
In an interview with Forbes Liz Vastola, the costume designer spoke about the process behind designing Daredevil’s black costume, and Wilson Fisk's white suit. Vastola said, "I wanted it to feel athletic, but also kind of rough, give more texture to it. Add some dirt, grit, give a more visceral feel, make the mask a little more ragged. Just to feel more violent, in a way."
Following that she added saying that everything about the black suit was meant to be violent and intimidating, and when it comes to the white rope gloves she said that it was a reference to a Muay Thai rope-binding technique. "The way we thought about it was in reference to how Daredevil was fighting this season. There was lots of hand-to-hand combat. Bullseye keeps his distance and throws projectiles, while Daredevil gets up close and personal," she continued. "I’m really grateful to the showrunner for showing the audience how that costume came into existence, instead of just … falling from the sky."
Talking about Kingpin's iconic white suit she said that it was incredible and though it seems as simple as a white suit it was the costume that took the most labor. "I was pretty honored to be given the keys to that car. And it seems like it would be so simple - it’s just a white suit, right? But it was the most labor-intensive costume we had. It was incredibly tricky to get the color and the texture right," she said.
.@WilsonBethel and I shot a lot of scenes together. It was always sometimes fun and sometimes emotional. We were both there to help tell the story, @erikoleson 's words the best way we knew how. @Daredevil @Marvel @netflix pic.twitter.com/1zjLo2rY3x— Vincent D'Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) October 14, 2018
"It’s not typical for a character to wear a bright white suit like that. Cinematographers would normally ask me to bend grey or cream, rather than go bright white. They actually waited to paint a wall on set until we’d settled on the exact shade of white," Vastola added and said that once they got the color they had to make sure that whenever there were people around Fisk she would have to make sure that even their white shirts were corresponding with his color.