The Addams Family is back, this time with a new TV series on Netflix called “Wednesday.” The series follows a teenage Wednesday Addams, played by Jenna Ortega, as she investigates a mysterious killing spree surrounding her prep school. And while the plot may be thrilling, the real standout of the show is the fashion.
Costume designer Colleen Atwood has created stunning looks for each character, starting with Wednesday’s school uniform. In the first episode, Morticia Addams tells the school principal that Wednesday is allergic to color, setting the tone for her wardrobe. Atwood designed a bespoke jacket for Ortega, featuring black-and-gray stripes with gradations and shading. The jacket was paired with a longer skirt and big shoes, creating an homage to a schoolboy look rather than a girlie uniform.
The rest of the school uniforms were also given variations to speak to each individual character. Atwood says, “[Students] can wear the same thing, but look totally different the way they style it themselves. So we were really into doing that with the people around her and with the background kids in the school.”
In addition to the school uniforms, Atwood has designed looks for each of the main characters. Pugsley, played by Isaac Ordonez, wears punk-inspired clothing with studs, leather, and chains. His costume was designed to be playful and to contrast with Wednesday’s serious demeanor.
Gomez, played by Luis Guzman, has a more classic look with a modern twist. Atwood created a suit for him with a unique color scheme and customizable pockets. She says, “He’s a businessman, so it’s kind of a wink-wink to Wall Street. But also, he’s got a bit of a different way he pockets his things, so that was kind of a fun thing to add to the character.”
Enid Sinclair, played by Georgie Flores, is a new character in the Addams Family universe. Atwood designed a school uniform for Enid that featured a blue color scheme, which she says was meant to show “the opposite of Wednesday’s lack of color.”
All of the costumes in “Wednesday” are meticulously designed and thoughtfully crafted. Atwood says that she likes to create characters through their clothing, and it’s clear that each character in the show has a unique personality that is expressed through their wardrobe.
Overall, “Wednesday” is a must-watch for those interested in fashion and costume design. Atwood’s creations are stunning and make the show even more enjoyable to watch. And for fans of the Addams Family, it’s exciting to see new characters and stories from this beloved universe.