Dance of colours

ABCD costumes

Colours and fabrics proved to be a challenge for the costume designers, Moiz Kapadia and Dipti Mhatre of ABCD: Anybody Can Dance as they were creating the look of characters for India's first 3D dance film

While costume designers Moiz Kapadia and Dipti Mhatre have earlier worked together on The Dirty Picture and OMG: Oh My God!, working on Remo D'Souza's ABCD: Anybody Can Dance was a different experience altogether. After all, this film is touted as India's first 3D dance film. While the use of colours differed since the film was shot with 3D cameras, the duo had to be careful about the fabrics, too, since the actors were required to dance in most of the sequences for the film. Here's a peek into how the costume designers created the look for ABCD.

Dressing down

With each scene comprising atleast 20 characters including Dance India Dance winner Salman Khan, Dharmesh Yelande, Lauren Gottlieb and the choreographer-turned-director Prabhudheva, the designers have worked on more than 400 outfits for this film. "We would have atleast four changes in a day. Moreover, our brief was to make each character stand out in the frame. So we styled their look according to their personalities featured on camera," says Mhatre. For instance, Lauren was supposed to behave like a tomboy, so the designers gave her loose t-shirts and baggy pants to wear.

The clothes also had to be designed according to the characters' graphs— from living in a chawl to participating in a life-changing competition and ultimately emerging as stars. "We went to Koliwada chawl in Mumbai to observe how the youngsters dress up there and their body language. They wear their denims and t-shirts in a certain way with contrasting colours and a lot of bling accessories. Later, we went to Fashion Street in Mumbai to shop for these clothes," says Kapadia.

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