How ‘Jingle Jangle’s’ Costumes Fused the Victorian Era With African Culture

Costume designer Michael Wilkinson is the mastermind behind the looks in “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey,” a period musical that’s now streaming on Netflix.

The idea, Wilkinson says of the holiday movie, was to design something viewers hadn’t seen before while paying homage to beloved titles such as “Mary Poppins.”Directed by David Talbert, the film tells a magical story with a diverse cast including Forest Whitaker and Phylicia Rashad.

Wilkinson he infused the story with bold choices while aiming for a “fusion of 19th-century Victorian-era silhouettes with African culture” both by looking at historic photographs and merging them with bold, colorful patterned textiles from West Africa.Talbert broke down some key looks from “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey.”Phylicia Rashad – A Majestic Character“David was keen for us to create something that audiences hadn’t seen before.

So that was kind of my M.O from the start.

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