How Loki’s Final Costume Tells His Tragic Story
Loki Season 2 ends with the former God of Mischief sacrificing his own happiness to protect his friends and the Time Variance Authority. Though Loki finally achieves his glorious purpose, ascending to a throne at the end of time and keeping the timelines alive, he does so humbly.
To create the look for the new God of Stories, Marvel turned to Christine Wada, who had worked on the costumes for the first season of Loki.
Wada’s first inclination was to drape Tom Hiddleston in silk, robing him in regal attire. But then a lightbulb went off.
“Originally, I wanted the silk to be wrapped bound by another fabric to have this feeling of containment,” She explains to Marvel. “But then we move past that as we started to see how the movement of the fabric felt right for striking this balance between a God, but not a king, but still regal, but humble. And also, to have the weight of the world on top of you.”
Taking Inspiration From the Kings of Yore
The next challenge for Wada was to create the flowing cape that would envelop Loki as he marched to his throne.
In the end, she found inspiration in the royal capes of yore.
“The cape itself pulled over his head somewhat like a cloak but was short in the front,” she continues. “It has a place to stabilize itself in the front of the body, and also, it’s just cutting the cape in half circles and connecting a lot of half circles. You get a lot of weight towards the end, and it disperses outwards. I put what you call ice wool, which is a padding, on the sides of the cake to weight it,” Wada explains.
“That also is a nod to what a king’s cape would be. Because a lot of time, old royal capes have a wadding in the whole cape itself. Then they’re quilt stitched down. So that whole cape, the sides of it are wadded with a quilt stitching in gold. Which I don’t know if you can see it. But it’s really beautiful. It did help because it helps to weigh the sides and keep things in place, but without being stiff.”
A Crown Fit for a God
Though Marvel knew that it wanted Loki to wear his iconic horns as something of a crown, the team had trouble designing a look that both fit the mood and was practical.
“I think we went through [Loki’s] becoming this God and you are taking a seat on this throne, so to speak. He needed to reflect a humble nature because Loki’s giving up a lot while giving. So, I think we had ones that felt a lot more upscale and polished like a king’s crown that we quickly ditched,” Wada explains.
Eventually, Wada took inspiration from a trip to Rome she had recently taken.
“I thought, well, it’s such a beautiful connection to Loki because it feels like it came out of something. It came out of a journey. It came out of history. I think his art comes from a journey and history. He’s been carving out this destiny, shall we say. So, the final design was based on trying to get the essence of those marble statues and feeling like it was really carved out of a black obsidian of the citadel,” she revealed.
Loki’s Humble Attire
Finally, there was the question of armor. Should Loki be covered during his final battle?
“it was just important to get rid of any of that [armor]. Anything that had a nod to like fighting, or armor, or protecting oneself. He was protecting others.”
Instead of regal armor, Loki finds himself wearing pleated pants and loafers as he ascends to his throne. This was done intentionally “to show a little bit of the skin and to show the simplicity of just a loafer was an important statement for where he was going.”
“It had to really bring home that this was not a place of physical battle,” Wada continues.” I realized that by doing a little bit of pleating [on Loki’s pants], I could get this effect of layers without having to put too much weight on the clothes or to have it feel like armor or weight. But to have it feel almost godly.”
Helping the Story
So what does Wada hope that viewers take away from her costume choices?
“It’s so fun to create these costumes that are out of your imagination. I hope the takeaway [as viewers finish the season] with the emotional aid that costumes give to the story. I think that the costumes, I would aspire for them to really bring the audience closer to Loki’s internal journey and not just an external journey.”
Loki Season 2 is streaming on Disney+.
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