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 premieres on Netflix on August 11. 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’s 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 2016 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.
How did you come on to the film?
I started working with [producer] Rick Alvarez a couple years ago; we did A Haunted House and A Haunted House 2, Fifty Shades of Black, and Marlon’s pilot, which got picked up on NBC. Right after that, he called me and said we’re going to Charleston with this movie. He sent me the script, and it was very exciting because before, we did “spoof” movies, and this was the first movie where we actually got to make our own original designs.
What was your vision for Regina Hall’s wedding look?
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. Taking into consideration Regina’s coloring, we wanted it to be light but not look really white on her skin, so I used two different layers of fabric—lace over champagne charmeuse. The idea was just to be very soft, romantic, but also flattering. And the way it’s edited in the movie, they reveal just a little bit of her and then suddenly we see her and it needed to be a wow moment.
Where did you find your inspiration for the design?
I’ve designed some wedding dresses—I designed my own dress a couple years ago—but the first place I started was Brides magazine! Then I went online. Because the movie is coming out almost a year after we made it, I looked to runway for 2017, 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.