In the hood

SFX - - Luke cage -

Costume de­signer stephanie maslan­sky talks ur­ban out­fit­ting

“Luke’s iconic look has ba­si­cally be­come one of jeans, a t-shirt and a hoodie. It ties in so much with what’s hap­pen­ing topi­cally in Amer­ica right now. Be­cause he gets shot at a lot, he winds up wear­ing a hoodie with a lot of holes in it. Noth­ing hap­pens to him, he’s un­break­able – his skin doesn’t get dam­aged but his clothes do, and it’s be­come an in­ter­est­ing thing that’s been wo­ven through the show. Rather than putting on some­thing made out of stretchy fab­ric or is bul­let­proof and knife­proof, sim­i­lar to the kind of su­per­heroes you see in the movies, and to some de­gree Dare­devil, his costume of­fers him psy­cho­log­i­cal pro­tec­tion rather than phys­i­cal pro­tec­tion. Our show is grounded in a gritty, au­then­tic New york re­al­ity and so ev­ery­thing needs to be jus­ti­fied. We came to re­alise that his su­per­hero costume is any­thing that any­body could see on the street. It’s not red, blue and white span­dex and he doesn’t go fly­ing through the air wear­ing it!”

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