Kirsten Dunst made sure the costume designer for her new show On Becoming a God in Central Florida didn’t create “cool” or “popular” ‘90s outfits.
In the new kooky comedy, Kirsten plays Krystal Stubbs, a water park employee who schemes her way up the ranks of Founders American Merchandise, a cultish pyramid scheme that drove her family to ruin.
For the role, Kirsten wears adult braces and a denim-heavy wardrobe in keeping with the early 1990s setting. And as an executive producer, she was also heavily involved in developing the look of the show, and she instructed costume designer Stacey Battat to avoid any ‘90s fashion pieces that had become popular once again.
“We wanted to make it authentic and stay away from anything cool because the ’90s are so popular now,” she explained to Vogue.com. “I don’t even wear a scrunchie on the show because scrunchies are cool again. Also, Krystal doesn’t have much money and just had a baby, so we wanted to make sure she recycled some outfits. My favourite is this acid-wash denim shirt, denim skirt, and matching denim jacket outfit.”
Although she wanted the clothes to be uncool, the 37-year-old, who previously worked with Battat on Sofia Coppola’s 2017 film The Beguiled, didn’t want the clothing to distract from the story.
“I definitely watch shows where I felt the clothes were a distraction, like Halloween costumes. I really wanted to stay away from anything like that,” the star added.
In a separate interview with Variety, the Spider-Man actress revealed her adult braces were actually clip-on retainers that were “kind of nauseating to wear” and she would gross out the crew by dribbling saliva any time she took them off.
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