The ’80s are back — with all the standout style to match.
“Jem and the Holograms” may be getting mixed reviews, but there are some standout shoe moments in the big-screen adaptation
of the 1980s cult cartoon series. Here, Spy goes behind the scenes with costume designer Soyon An.
How would you describe the fashion on set?
“Young, fun, and colorful. I incorporated black accents to bring out the edge and take away the bubblegum feeling, which could have been [too much] with the costumes and what Jem is thought to be in our memories. But watching the cartoons as research and thinking back through my own memories … Jem and the Holograms were an all-girl rock band that were super-fabulous and stylish, and I wanted to bring that to this live-action version. It’s not your stereotypical ’80s neon fashion.”
What are some of the key shoe brands used in the film?
“Dr. Martens, Nike, Coye Nokes, Rebecca Minkoff and Nasty Gal.”
What does Aubrey Peeples [who plays Jem] pick for the stage?
“Mostly Jeffrey Campbell and Steve Madden.”
Any favorite moments on set?
“I loved the style-makeover montage. Behind the scenes, it was as crazy and fun as
it was portrayed in the film. Just seeing all the girls have fun trying on different outfits, hairstyles and makeup backstage was a blast. Also, Juliette Lewis brought so much laughter on and off camera.”