The Suicide Squad director James Gunn recently took to Twitter to share some costume concept art for two of Harley Quinn’s new costumes from The Suicide Squad movie. Drawn by artist Christian Cordella for costume designer Judianna Makovsky, the post features some of the first designs for Harley’s pageant dress in the film and her uniform worn at the beginning of the movie.
The first image shows Harley in the red dress which is a halter neck style dress with off-the-shoulder ruffles, crossover fabric detail on the bodice, and a floor-length ruffled skirt. Harley has her pink and blue hair, which was then changed to black and red. Gunn stated in his Twitter post that this was one of the first designs. He also stated that the decision to change Harley’s hair color was made very early on.
The second image shows Harley with the red and black hair wearing an extremely distressed version of the pageant dress, which is seen later on in the movie, and a pair of black combat boots. Harley is depicted holding Javelin’s gold javelin, with a giant Starro eye looming over her.
The third and final image shows Harley in the leather uniform ensemble which she’s seen wearing at the beginning of the movie.
In his Twitter post, Gunn states that this uniform was based on Harley’s outfit in the Injustice 2 video game. This costume consists of black and red leather trousers with Harley Quinn’s diamond logo and zipper detail, a red and black corset with buckle detail, a red and black leather jacket, which in the movie reads ” Live Fast, Die Clown” on the reverse. She also has a pair of black combat boots with red laces, a red choker, and red and black fingerless gloves.
Gunn has said one of the first things he was asked when being hired for The Suicide Squad was “what is Margot going to wear?” In Batman: The Animated Series and subsequent early depictions, Harley wore a red and black Jester costume, which is why the character usually has a red and black wardrobe. The jester costume was featured in a flashback in David Ayers’ Suicide Squad. However, the “Daddy’s L’il Monster” tee in that film and outfits worn in Birds of Prey arguably aren’t as faithful as her leather ensemble and pageant dress from Gunn’s film.
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