When the Birds of Prey trailer dropped in October, fans were instantly intrigued by the film’s premise -- and Harley Quinn’s growing wardrobe. Though she’s known for a singular iconic look, the Suicide Squad spinoff shows that she’s expanding her sartorial horizons in new and exciting ways. And the film’s costume designer has already given some insight into Harley Quinn’s eye-catching new caution tape-fringed jacket.
For Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of Harley Quinn), costume designer Erin Benach put careful thought into every item the film’s protagonist wore. That includes the jacket she can be seen wearing in the film’s trailer. And in an interview with Collider, Erin Benach explained how Harley Quinn’s story and personality influenced that costume piece in particular:
Harley Quinn’s appeal is much more than just her badass wardrobe. But as her iconic look has become a favorite for cosplayers and trick-or-treaters alike, it’s clear that in her case, the clothes not only maketh the woman, they help her make a statement. In an earlier interview, Margot Robbie told Collider that she and Erin Branach worked closely together to make sure they do Harley Quinn justice:
Birds of Prey will definitely embrace that perspective. And it has the daunting task of introducing a whole host of new characters to Suicide Squad fans -- Harley Quinn is the only holdover from that film. In her interview, Erin Branach discussed the challenge in designing costumes that will help viewers understand who characters like Huntress and Black Canary are. We’ll see how she helped bring all these characters to life when Birds of Prey hits theaters on February 7, 2020.
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