Costume Designer Sarah Voon on creating the nostalgic looks for Daffodils

Costume Designer Sarah Voon on creating the nostalgic looks for Daffodils

FASHIONNZ – Daffodils is a new Kiwi film that tells a bittersweet love story with re-imaginings of iconic New Zealand songs. It opens on March 21st here in NZ and and is a highly anticipated release that follows the successful play version of the story. The film tells the the love story of husband and wife, Eric and Rose, through their daughter Maisie’s eyes and follows their relationship from their first meeting in the 1960s through to the 1980s in true kiwi style. Maisie relives the couple’s story through song after leaving her dying father’s bedside in present day to perform at an indie music gig.

It’s a heartfelt story of a bittersweet relationship, family and what it means to grow up and find yourself in Aotearoa. The beautiful interpretations of songs from the likes of Crowded House, Bic Runga and Dave Dobbyn add to the wonderfully nostalgic and truly New Zealand feel of the film.

Costumer designer Sarah Voon had the challenge of bringing the Daffodils costumes to life for each character over an extended period of time, with looks from several different decades and changing ages of the characters to take into consideration. It’s a big job to create looks that are appropriate for the situation, each actor and feel authentic for the era they’re in while working to a budget and delivering it all on time.

We caught up with Sarah to find out how she went about creating each character’s look, what her favourite outfits were and how long it all took to put together for the film?

Congratulations on Daffodils, it’s a beautiful film and the costumes are sublime and do such a wonderful job at helping tell the story and get across the different time periods. The film originally began as a play, had you seen the play version before you began work on the film version?
Thank you, I’m super proud of Daffodils and the intense amount of work put into showcasing each era in a way unique to New Zealand.

I saw the Daffodils play at the Auckland Town Hall a couple of years ago, and loved the energy and simple structure of the stage version (performed by the talented Todd Emerson and Colleen Davis), incorporating some beloved New Zealand songs. An accomplished theatre piece it had the power to connect with and uplift you, before dashing you devastatingly to earth with the story of this NZ couple who couldn’t find the words. Naturally I was intrigued about the screenplay adaption, and excited when contacted about costuming the film version. Continue reading “Costume Designer Sarah Voon on creating the nostalgic looks for Daffodils”