Actor-director Kenneth Branagh’s next film, Death on the Nile, the sequel to his Murder on the Orient Express (2017), is a film based on Agatha Christie’s 1930s book of the same name.
The film’s costume designer, two-time Oscar nominee Paco Delgado, was instrumental in bringing the bygone era back to the big screen. The veteran designer, known for working on films like Les Miserables, The Danish Girl and Jungle Cruise, credits director Branagh’s vision. “Ken sought an elegant and more contemporary take on the period, as opposed to a simple reproduction,” says Delgado.
The costume designer researched the period and identified shapes and designs, colors, patterns and ideas, all with Branagh’s vision in mind. He explains, “It’s not that we tried to make a contemporary film, but we looked at the elements that were most appealing in a contemporary context. Delgado had to consider various aspects such as the Egyptian setting and the sexual attraction between Simon Doyle (played by Armie Hammer) and Linnet Ridgeway (Gal Gadot).
“There is a triangle of passion, love and sex between Jacqueline de Bellefort (Emma Mackey), Simon and Linnet. Linnet is a person who was loved and hated at the same time, which made the question of who could killing her much more complex,” Delgado explains.
The wardrobe apparently reflects the color scheme of summer and the lightness of the summer fabrics, consistent with the color scheme of the ship’s cabins. “If you work, for example, with scenes that take place outdoors, the colors are already determined, like the yellow-brown colors of the earth and the blue of the sky. It is by entering that one can manipulate the color palette of the walls and the furniture or the tablecloth,” he adds.
Director Branagh said: “Our goal was to make our audience sweat a little bit with them, but also to want to be there, to want to feel that need, that passion, that desire, that appetite, that taste, that pleasure, that desire. . consume another person. It’s not necessarily good, but it can be incredibly exciting. In this central love triangle between the characters of Gal and Armie and Emma, there is a feeling of electricity, and in all three cases they were able to convey passion and intensity, but without it becoming overdone. You know, these are people who can act and talk and be very naturalistic.
Teaming up with Delgado, the filmmaker says, “With Paco, costumes are clothes, and they’re very personalized. They are a marriage between his imagination, his taste for color and texture, and his desire to hunt for original pieces. He loves the clothes and playfulness of the era and he is able to encourage actors to find joy in colors and textures and to love their clothes.
Death on the Nile, also starring Tom Bateman, Ali Fazal and Leititia Wright, hits screens this Friday.