Anderson provided a lot of input — particularly paintings by Bronzino, Holbein, Cranach; all sorts of stuff. I’d send suggestions and he would say, “Yes, yes, we must have that,” or “Why not some other color sleeve?” and so on. Some of it was very specific, but sometimes it was pretty broad, even contradictory — until I realized that maybe he wanted something that felt like it might have existed, but in some slightly parallel place.
I tried on every combination of velvet cloaks, furs, bodices, tights, shoes, codpieces…probably about 50 combinations. One of the bodices had been worn by Cate Blanchett when she played Elizabeth I. The dresser took photos of every outfit. They were sent to Wes Anderson, and he decided the final costume.