FAULT IN OUR STARS MOVIE FASHION: HAZEL’S WHITE DRESS

tfios fault in stars hazel white dress gus letter eulogySomehow in the middle of  posting about The Fault in Our Stars clothes back in June (deets on Gus’ leather jacket is here; Hazel’s blue dress is here), I overlooked one of the most important stories to come from my interview with costume designer Mary Claire Hannan: The explanation behind Hazel’s (Shailene Woodley) white dress in the final scene of the movie.

If this fashion choice has been bugging you  (I have seen it as a topic of discussion on a few FIOS fan sites), then consider this one a   mission accomplished for the wardrobe department.

“I wanted to leave people thinking, Why did they put her in a white dress?,” MCH said.”There were a lot of reasons for the color white. One, because she’s lying in the grass and a girl in the grass in a white dress is always pretty. But I wanted to make it almost ethereal. I wanted to make it girly because she had been so boyish or androgynous before she met Gus.  I also thought, Will people think she’s dead and she’s an angel? I wanted to leave that door open because we didn’t know what happened to Hazel in the end, just like in the book in the movie, [An Imperial Affliction], we never knew what happened to the girl.”

Originally, however, the costumer said the scene called for the actress to wear boy’s t-shirt while she read Gus’ letter. “We knew it had no femininity, and I wanted to make it feminine because we knew she’d gotten that far with Gus,” she recalled. “But what happened to her after that? I  wanted to leave it open.”

The last minute style shift forced MCH to make a mad dash to the mall during shooting.  “That was me running around at the last minute because you get these ideas at three-in-the-morning, you know how that is?,” she laughed. “I ran around locally in Pittsburgh, I had just come from Nordstrom or something, looking for a really pretty white dress. I found some good dresses, but the way they were shooting it from the neck up, i needed to hone in on some lace or something. I ran onto set with half a dozen white dresses selling this idea!”

[Editor’s note: The Fault in Our Stars DVD was released yesterday!]

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HAZEL’S WHITE LACE DRESS:
The costume designer thinks it came from Nordstrom’s BP label, but she cannot remember for sure!

GET THE LOOK:

1. Star Vixen Lace Skater Dress
2. Pull & Bear Dress
3. Pussycat Skater Dress
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WANT MORE ON THE FAULT IN OUR STARS? DON’T MISS:
FAULT IN OUR STARS MOVIE FASHION: HAZEL’S BLUE AMSTERDAM DRESS
FAULT IN OUR STARS MOVIE FASHION:THE STORY BEHIND GUS’ LEATHER JACKET

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