‘It’: Bill Skarsgård’s Creepy New Pennywise Costume Revealed

     August 16, 2016

The newly designed costume for Pennywise, the enigmatic horror at the heart of Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It, has emerged in full, creepy glory. This one’s going to divide some folks. It’s nowhere near as baggy or colorful as the one Tim Curry, in his mid 40s, donned for the 1990 TV movie adaptation, but the new version certainly seems to have a lot more thought and intent behind its creation. Whether that translates into it being as terrifyingly memorable as Curry’s version remains to be seen. Personally, still images are fine for introductions, but I’ll wait to see how the 26-year-old Bill Skarsgård–who was born just a few months before the TV version debuted–settles in for his performance before signing on or writing this one off.

It opens September 8, 2017, and also stars Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff,Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor.

Here’s the previous tease for Pennywise we saw a few weeks back:


Image via New Line Cinema

And now here’s the full reveal, courtesy of EW. Click to see it clown-sized:


Here’s a bit on the costume’s design by Emmy-winning costume designer Janie Bryant (Deadwood, Mad Men):

  • The costumes takes inspiration from Medieval, Renaissance, Elizabethan, and Victorian eras.
  • “The costume definitely incorporates all these otherworldly past lives, if you will. He is definitely a clown from a different time.”
  • Every part of the costume aims to suggest something ancient and evoke something disturbing.
  • “That pleating is actually Fortuny pleating, which gives it almost a crepe-like effect. It’s a different technique than what the Elizabethans would do. It’s more organic, it’s more sheer. It has a whimsical, floppy quality to it. It’s not a direct translation of a ruff or a whisk, which were two of the collars popular during the Elizabethan period.”
  • “There is almost a doll-like quality to the costume. The pants being short, the high waistline of the jacket, and the fit of the costume is a very important element. It gives the character a child-like quality.”
  • The tight fit of the gloves are intended to make his hands appear porcelain.
  • “If you look at the sleeves, there are the two puffs off the shoulder and biceps and again on the bloomers, I wanted it to have an organic, gourd or pumpkin kind of effect … It helps exaggerate certain parts of the body. The costume is very nipped in the waist and with the peplum and bloomers it has an expansive silhouette.”
  • The design is aimed at creating a subliminal suggestion of an insectoid creature, something fans of the original movie might already be conjuring up.
  • On the color scheme: “The pompoms are orange, and then with the trim around the cuffs and the ankles, it’s basically a ball fringe that’s a combination of orange, red, and cinnamon. It’s almost like Pennywise fades into his environment. But there are accents to pull out the definition of the gray silk … It makes him almost like a shadow.”
  • The image itself also hints at Pennywise’s ability to fade into and out of his surroundings, since you might notice that he appears to be … floating.


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