It may seem like the days—even hours—leading up to your wedding are an unending loop of crazy moments, but that's especially true in Naked , which premiered on Netflix. The comedy stars Marlon Wayans as a groom forced to relive the same nerve-wracking hours leading up to his wedding over and over again until he gets it right think Groundhog Day meets The Best Man. Regina Hall stars as the bride-to-be who patiently waits while Wayans gets his act together.
Filmed at the end of in Charleston, South Carolina, the picture reunited director Michael Tiddes with costume designer Ariyela Wald-Cohain, who created Hall's custom bridal looks. Here, she gives us an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Hall's fantasy gown and flirty reception dress.
Initially, we wanted it to be very romantic, seeing that the movie takes place around Charleston. We wanted something very traditional but a little bit edgy, a little bit more modern. The director, in his mind, had one idea, and I had another, and we ended up coming up with this sketch for a classic mermaid silhouette with a fishtail train. The idea was just to be very soft, romantic, but also flattering. Then I went online. Because the movie is coming out almost a year after we made it, I looked to runway for , because I wanted the dress to be current.
Then we made a mock version of the gown to put on Regina so we could be sure the silhouette was going to enhance her body and to make sure we all liked the way it looked from the back and the front. We ended up finding some really beautiful belts, and we sewed one into the dress. The day we put it on, she was excited and really radiant. I want something special! I ended up finding this beautiful lace that we trimmed the veil with, which I did buy in Charleston, so I was able to use some local fabric in the design. First of all, we made two dresses because we shot so many days, if something would happen or makeup would get on it The scene where Scott Foley [who plays her ex-boyfriend in the movie] picks her up and runs outside with her, the train was not as long as I would have done if she had just been standing the whole time.
It definitely took a while in the morning to glue her in, especially around the shoulders; we had to almost stick the lace to her so every movement was not going to reveal something we did not want to reveal. We were debating that. We were just going to have the one dress and then take the train off for the reception. But down the road, they decided to do a tango at the reception and the director called and said he thought we needed something flirty. Instead of changing the original mermaid ceremony dress, I designed a swing dress that we did on a fabric that we cut on a bias so when they danced, it would enhance the dance.
It gave so much to the whole sequence with the dress flowing, modern, sexy Jill Sieracki. Jill Sieracki is a New York-based writer and editor covering pop culture, fashion, and interior design. She is a former managing editor at Brides. Brides's Editorial Guidelines. Related Stories.