Max Garman, Manhattan Undying (2016)

Updated: Apr 16, 2019

Max is a talented young painter with a cult following for his hyper-realist style. Frustrated, he is squandering his life with drugs and excess until he learns that he has only weeks to live. He decides to work on one last masterpiece instead of rigorous medical treatment. Vivian is a beautiful vampire preying on men who objectify women. She yearns to see her herself and understand the infatuation of her victims. Vivian and Max's paths cross when she appears in his studio so he can paint her portrait. Max seeks to find immortality in his final work inspired by Vivian.. Their deep understanding and common plight develops into an impossible love. They both face a challenge of choosing between immortality or eternal love.

To create an authentic look for tortured artist Max Garman (Luke Grimes) everything he wore had to have a practical purpose. Max always wears what is comfortable and functional with little regard for what's fashionable or on trend. Collaborating with Luke on Max's look, we knew he shouldn't wear anything new, so everything was bought second hand and additional aging techniques were applied to further break it all down. Luke even brought in a couple of his own wardrobe pieces to lend authenticity to Max's look, including a perfectly worn out pair of old combat boots already moulded to the actor's feet. Max's somber journey is reflected in the dark muted colour palette of his well-worn closet with the only bright spots being splashes of paint stains that represent the flashes of passionate inspiration throughout his journey.

Costume Designer | Kristen O'Reilly

Assistant Costume Designer | Megan Oppenheimer


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