Costume Designer: Wall Street Wardrobe ‘Not 100 Percent Rooted in Reality’


So, we had the pleasure of seeing a preview of Wall Street 2 last week. Though the production was decidedly full of Hollywood razzle-dazzle — complete with Bourne-style international datelines (Geneva! London! New York!) and of course, movie stars — it was clear that Oliver Stone tried desperately hard to get Wall Street right. Realistic details abounded, from the art the characters had on their walls (Richard Prince nurse paintings, Warhols) to the cameos (Jim Chanos, Nouriel Roubini, Thomas Belesis) to the understanding CEOs had of their product (“Screw the credit derivative desk, I don’t understand half the shit they do anyway”). So it follows that Stone was adamant that the characters dress just as they might in real life. Costume designer Ellen Mirojnick tells Esquire:

There was one moment where Oliver took me aside — and he was really harsh about this — and said, “You know what? My friends tell me that on the Street no one looks like that. What are we going to do about it? What is this?” And I said, “It’s a movie, and they’re all going to look like it and we’re elevating the genre. It’s telling the story, Oliver. We’re not doing it to be 100 percent rooted in reality. We’re telling a story in a movie.” “Well, nobody looks like that.” I said, “Yeah, well you don’t have anything to worry about.”

We imagine she was speaking about this ensemble

We imagine she was speaking about this ensemble 

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