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Costume designer Salvador Perezknown for his work on all six seasons of “The Mindy Project” with the actor Mindy KalingThe “Think Like a Man” movies and “Drumline”, bring the wardrobes iconic Sanderson sisters to life in the newly published successor to “Hocus Pocus.
“The first time we put the mockup on [Sarah Jessica Parker]she lit up and was giddy, running around and twirling around the house and showing off her daughters.”
The sisters, played by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker, are back for more spooky fun. Directed by Anne Fletcher, “Hocus Pocus 2” revisits the journey of the infamous witch sisters who were brought back to present-day Salem, MA by three young teenagers. At the end of original film, the Sanderson sisters disintegrate along with their clothes, but that didn’t stop Perez from refreshing and modernizing their costumes in the sequel. The costume aficionado tailored each of the sisters’ mesmerizing looks, with each cape consuming 25 yards of fabric. While taking initial guidance from the studio and tips from original costume designer Mary Vogt, Perez still managed to leave his own footprint by establishing a newfound sense of identity for sisters starving for children.
“I wanted the costumes to have a background,” Perez tells POPSUGAR. “So we went with Wiccan symbolism and witchcraft, including three moons and three goddesses to represent the three sisters. We came up with a pattern based on the mythology that’s on Winnie’s coat.”
Perez established referential positions for each of the sisters’ costumes, which were meant to reflect fire, water, earth, and air in the sigil—all elements that an alchemist would use in his witchcraft. “I really wanted to stay true to the original colors but add more details,” he says. “On Mary’s corsage, the rings were originally flower rings that didn’t feel authentic to me. So I updated them to curtain rings that are hand-beaten from brass.”
While the costumes from the original 1993 film have become a major source of inspiration for Halloween costumesPerez’s progress in the sequel includes a different selection of materials that encourages even more wardrobe experimentation.
Ahead, find out how Midler, Najimy and Parker made an impact the revival of their characters from a stylistic standpoint, and get their looks just in time for Halloween.