The first time costume designer Danny Glicker read the script for the film “Bad Times at the El Royale,” he was moved by the era in which it took place — the Sixties. It was a decade of tumult: assassinations, war and an incredible amount of political unrest and dissatisfaction. Culturally speaking, an enormous shift rumbled as well. The old guard gave way to a new generation. Glicker found the narrative of the movie centered around archetypes — the hippie cult leader, played by Chris Hemsworth; the good-old-boy role filled by Jon Hamm — that, as the story goes on, are subsequently dismantled.
“For a costume designer, those are all very exciting places to begin thinking about a project,” Glicker said.
Glicker got to work fleshing out what the characters looked like, as he envisioned them emerging from the page into fully fledged people. He saw the struggling girl-group soul singer Darlene Sweet, performed by Cynthia Erivo, in a beehive hairdo typical of Sixties Motown singers, while Hamm would don a plaid sport jacket and horn-rimmed glasses, and Hemsworth would rock a white button-down with artful embroidery on the back.
Cynthia Erivo portrays a soul singer in the film.
Photo: Kimberley French