Tessa Thompson tried on 50 costumes for Men in Black: International

Tessa Thompson went through 50 options before selecting her Men in Black: International costume.The 35-year-old actress worked closely with veteran costume designer Penny Rose to select the perfect look for her character M, who wears a stylish yet prac…

Tessa Thompson went through 50 options before selecting her Men in Black: International costume.

The 35-year-old actress worked closely with veteran costume designer Penny Rose to select the perfect look for her character M, who wears a stylish yet practical look modelled after the signature black suits that appear in the franchise.

For the reboot of the hit films, Rose opted to reimagine the items with the help of British designer Paul Smith, and they put together 50 jacket and pants options for Thompson to try out, with the star ultimately settling on pieces she could easily move in.

“Together, we decided that the two-button, double-breasted, longer jacket – with the big kick-pleat at the back – would be far more impressive for all the action work,” she told Fashionista.com. “It moves very well.”

When it came to footwear, Rose decided the 10-inch height difference between Thompson and her co-star Chris Hemsworth, who portrays Agent H, called for heels and selected comfortable yet empowering lace-up work boots by Naked Wolfe that she described as “fairly elegant”.

Rose also experimented when it came to Emma Thompson’s costume as Agent O, pairing a blazer designed by Smith with a custom-made pencil skirt featuring peplum detailing.

“It made her feel a little saucy and a little bit cheeky,” Rose added. “We wanted to give it a twist and make it a bit seductive, if you like.”

Men in Black: International, also starring Liam Neeson and Rebecca Ferguson, is now showing in cinemas.

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Paul Smith outfitted entire cast of Men in Black: International movie

Paul Smith suited and booted the entire Men in Black: International cast for the franchise’s new film.The alien-fighting agency features for a fourth time in F. Gary Gray’s upcoming movie, which hits cinemas this summer, with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa …

Paul Smith suited and booted the entire Men in Black: International cast for the franchise’s new film.

The alien-fighting agency features for a fourth time in F. Gary Gray’s upcoming movie, which hits cinemas this summer, with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson leading the cast, taking over from Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, who last appeared 2012’s Men in Black 3.

Costume designer Penny Rose turned to her frequent collaborator Smith to outfit the cast, with the project marking a first for the designer.

“We’ve never provided clothes for an entire film,” Smith smiled to WWD. “(Penny’s) been coming to us for many years, mostly in the London shop. She’ll usually use six suits here, or two things there. But not 140!”

“He has a very original style that transcends all ages,” said Rose, adding that for the latest film she wanted “to raise the sartorial bar” for the stars and background players alike.

Rebecca Ferguson, Liam Neeson and Emma Thompson also feature.

And although the suits needed are all black, the British designer, known for his love of colour, has added touches of his signature style in the form of monster-patterned silk linings and multi-stripe socks peeking out from Hemsworth’s pant legs.

As well as the cast’s costumes, Smith is also rolling out a retail collection inspired by the film, which hits stores on 22 May.

The line, priced between $55 (£43) to $1,560 (£1,229), includes suits, dress shirts, sunglasses, pug-shaped button studs, monster-printed hoodies, leather accessories, socks and ties.

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