Euphoria costume designer Heidi Bivens mixes men’s clothing into Zendaya’s wardrobe to create her character’s understated style.
The Spider-Man: Far From Home star appears as rebellious teenager Rue in the high school-set drama and accordingly, Bivens thought outside the box when selecting items that best-expressed elements of the troubled figure.
“I really just saw her as someone who wasn’t necessarily interested in frivolous dressing,” Bivens told Elle. “She definitely has a good balance of masculine and feminine. We really pieced her wardrobe together from a lot of different places.”
In addition to her Converse sneakers and maroon hoodie, the pieces she wears include workwear from Dickies and streetwear from Gosha Rubchinskiy and Sci-Fi Fantasy. Bivens also found that the 22-year-old’s 1.78-metre frame made boys’ styles, like Hawaiian shirts, appear slightly shorter on her in a way that looked sultry yet playful.
“In a later episode, she wears a tuxedo that’s actually a little boy’s tuxedo,” the costume designer added.
Bivens made sure to derive inspiration from real teens, admitting she even observed high school students extensively prior to production.
“I was looking at real teens,” she shared. “I would go to high schools – not to be a creep – but I’d sit outside and watch teens when they would get out of school, just to see what was really going on with how they dress, how they have access to clothes and where they shop.”
Accordingly, Bivens hopes the series will inspire young people not to be afraid to express themselves through style.
“There is a conversation that can be started about creating a safe environment for young people to be able to express themselves with the way they dress, and the way they look,” the 43-year-old insisted. “And hopefully this show will (encourage them to do so).”