Sharen Davis not receiving a 2013 Academy Award nomination for Costume Design is one of the biggest snubs this year, hands down. Especially after the Oscars.org test page fiasco. Between that accidental reveal and the confirmed nominees being announced, Vanity Fair talked to Davis about her work on Django Unchained. It’s a fun, insightful read.
To dress Django’s love interest Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), Davis referenced the spaghetti-Western tradition of super-saturated flashbacks and visions. Broomhilda often appears in deep purple, bright yellow, and eye-catching blue. For Broomhilda’s final, ride-off-into-the-moonlight look, Davis chose a belted full skirt and a button-down shirt. “That was her segue into becoming a Western woman. She’s saying, ‘I’m as strong as you, honey. Let’s go!’ I illustrated her whole arc. She started in a dark purple and ended in a light purple. Now she’s totally free.”