How ‘Hocus Pocus 2’ Weaves Disney Historical past Into The Sanderson Sisters’ New Costumes

Disney’s Hocus Pocus 2, the long-awaited sequel to the perennial Halloween basic, debuts right this moment solely on Disney+. The live-action comedy follows the splendidly depraved Sanderson sisters—Winifred (Disney Legend Bette Midler), Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker), and Mary (Kathy Najimy)—as they run amuck, amuck, amuck in modern-day Salem. Twenty-nine years have handed since somebody final lit the Black Flame Candle, bringing the witches again to life—and now the sisters are again for greater than revenge.

At first look, it might seem as if the witches look precisely the identical as they did when Hocus Pocus was launched in 1993. For the sequel, nevertheless, the filmmakers needed their costumes to look much like the originals, however not be precise replicas. “We needed to refresh their seems to be,” says costume designer Salvador Perez. “Plus, the witches disintegrated on the finish of the primary movie, so that they would want new costumes anyway.”

Perez and his staff needed to check the unique costumes and conduct an in depth evaluation of every outfit earlier than they might reimagine and replace them for the sequel. At the moment, the costumes had been on show on the Museum of Pop Tradition in Seattle as a part of the Walt Disney Archives’ Heroes & Villains: The Artwork of the Disney Costume exhibition. “The unique costumes are within the Disney archives,” explains Perez, “however there was just one costume for every actor.”

Following a detailed examination, Perez continued to do analysis to replace the characters’ costumes. For Winifred, he painted her coat and embroidered it with metallic threads and crystals. The symbols on her gown are primarily based on Wiccan mythology of three moons, which additionally symbolizes the three sisters. “I included the attention to reference the Ebook of Spells, and the ravens on the coals are impressed by the Witch [Hannah Waddingham] who first seems as a raven,” Perez says.

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Director Anne Fletcher provides, “The symbols on all three of the witches’ outfits, particularly Winifred’s, imply one thing. Within the 1600s, that model of witchcraft was tethered to the Earth, the ocean, the celebs. It was all tied collectively. You may see all of it mirrored in issues like Winifred’s cloak or in Mary’s rings.”

In line with Perez, the buckle on Winifred’s coat features a malachite stone from a jewellery retailer in Windfall, Rhode Island, the place the sequel was filmed, and the identical jewellery retailer additionally supplied the stones for her broach.

Winifred’s boots within the authentic movie had been off the rack, and a pointed toe was utilized in a while—however Perez needed to push that look additional within the sequel. “I went to the grasp shoemaker at Western Costume Firm, who handcrafted her boots with the pointed toe in-built,” he says, “and they’re one in all my favourite elements of her costume.”

Whereas evaluating Sarah’s authentic bodice from the Walt Disney Archives’ assortment, Perez observed it was made with embroidered material that had been reduce up. For her up to date look, Perez hand-embroidered Sarah’s bodice with a floral and thorn motif and included spiders all through the design to focus on her love of eight-legged arachnids. “The unique sleeves had been constituted of a mesh material, which wasn’t a interval element, however Anne Fletcher favored the spider thought, so we determined to make the sleeves out of individually crocheted spider webs that had been joined collectively to make up the sleeves,” he says. “Then I discovered a French Chantilly lace that had the identical sample as the unique skirt entrance, and the remainder of the skirt is constituted of layers of dyed chiffon and organza.”

Since Mary’s authentic costume was very heavy, Najimy requested it’s lighter for the sequel. “I needed the materials to be extra genuine to the interval, so we discovered a tartan flannel that was much like the unique material that we dyed and added crystals to,” Perez says. “The unique rings on her bodice had been merely ornamental, however I needed them to have a which means, so we made them out of hammered brass and had the Wiccan phrases for earth, fireplace, wind, and water carved into them.”

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In Hocus Pocus 2, Sanderson sisters have two costumes every, with six to eight completely different variations of every costume for stunts, flying, doubles, and so forth. The three witches’ capes, which are supposed to billow within the wind, are constituted of silk Habotai, and each makes use of 26 yards of cloth, which was double layered and embellished with Swarovski crystals.

The brand new costumes will little doubt solid a spell on audiences—and Midler, for one, can’t wait to see how followers recreate and reinterpret them. “I sit up for it yearly,” she shares. “I simply snicker and snicker. Individuals ship and publish footage. It blows my thoughts!”