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7 Secrets About Wonder Woman's Costumes

Faux fur is involved, for practical reasons.

By Adele Chapin
Housewife or Superhero?

What does it take to reimagine Wonder Woman's costume for 2017? Fashionista ran a fascinating interview with the box office smash's costume designer, who borrowed details from both ancient women warriors and the Nikes and Under Armours of today to create an outfit worthy of a superhero. Here are seven behind-the-scenes secrets from the movie:

1. The James Bond Connection

Wonder Woman’s costume designer Lindy Hemming’s resume includes five James Bond movies, and another badass female character — Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft.

2. An Activewear Superhero?

Lindy got inspiration from fashion’s current athleisure obsession for Wonder Woman’s training armor, researching the look in fashion magazines.

3. Rethinking an Icon

The original red, gold, and blue Wonder Woman suit — you know the one — actually got dismantled so that Hemming could figure out how to make a lighter, more flexible version.

4. The Boots

The knee-high boots got a makeover, but the high wedge stayed.

5. The Secret Lining

The suit was lined in faux fur to keep Gal warm during outdoor scenes in freezing temperatures.

6. A Custom Tiara

Her headpiece was remade too, so Gal wouldn’t get a headache during her stunts.

7. The Tight Squeeze

The suit was comfy — or maybe not. Gal just told Yahoo! that she wore her iconic look like it was sweatpants. “It’s pretty comfortable. We had to make it comfortable because I wore it over six months,” she said. But a year ago on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, she said that it was tight. “Then they got me into the fitting room and tried on the costume. And I was so happy and so grateful for being there and doing this role that I didn’t say anything about the fact it was so tight, I literally could not breathe,” she said back then.

Maybe it's like how you shimmy into a pair of jeans and then they stretch to fit you like a glove. But it's not a pair of mall-brand skinnies, it's Wonder Woman's iconic red body armor and golden lasso. "It always gives me a little bit of oomph, I would say," Gal told ABC about her superhero costume. "Like now I'm stronger."

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