Taron Egerton praises Rocketman costume designer’s ‘brilliant’ outfits

Taron Egerton has lauded costume designer Julian Day’s “brilliant” work on Rocketman.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Lee Hall, the upcoming film follows British superstar Elton John’s early days as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music, through to his musical partnership with Bernie Taupin, as well as his struggles with substance abuse, depression, and acceptance of his sexual orientation.

Elton is played by Taron, and the Welsh star has now gushed over the extravagant ensembles that he sports throughout the film.

“Julian Day is definitely the most brilliant designer I’ve ever worked with. He’s incredibly collaborative, and he understands the relationship between the costumes and performance,” he commented in a preview featurette released by Paramount Pictures. “I have found the process of inhabiting Elton John and his wardrobe incredibly liberating.”

Elsewhere in the clip, Julian shared that he used Elton’s own costumes as a starting point but tried to put a spin on them whenever possible.

The costumer, who has previously worked on projects such as Bohemian Rhapsody with Dexter and Robin Hood with Taron, also gave fans a glimpse at one ensemble which was inspired by the singer’s 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and the 1939 Hollywood classic, The Wizard of Oz.

“What we talked about was using the basis of Elton’s clothes to create our own look for him. There’s over 50 pairs of shoes, over 50 pairs of glasses, massive, massive amount of material,” he commented. “I really loved the Yellow Brick Road outfit, and I obviously looked at The Wizard of Oz outfit, so he’s got a blue suit with red shoes on (which are) made of Swarovski crystals. The shirt is made of silver fabric which is like the Tin Man. He’s got a straw hat for the Scarecrow, and a big fake fur coat for the (Cowardly) Lion.”

Rocketman, also starring Jamie Bell, Bryce Dallas Howard and Richard Madden, is due to hit cinemas in late May.

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