When a big-budget movie needed a high-tech glove, Stacia Lang ’84 lent a hand

A skilled artisan can make quality gloves in a few hours. Building the custom-designed pair for Jupiter Ascending, the Wachowskis’ 2015 tentpole, on the other hand, took two months, enlisting ten people. Stacia Lang, Fashion Design ’84, a top specialty costumer in Hollywood, was in charge.

The gloves, worn by Channing Tatum’s werewolf character, perform two major functions: operating his anti-gravity boots, which enable him to surf through the sky, and launching his energy shield, which blocks bullets and knocks out the swarms of baddies sent by the villainous House of Abrasax.

“Since the gloves were such an important part of the storyline, every piece had to have its purpose,” Lang says.Lang fabricates otherworldly suits for big-budget films according to a costume designer’s vision. She had a hand in creating the space suits for the 2014 sci-fi epic Interstellar, the bejeweled showgirl outfits for the Cher/Christina Aguilera vehicle Burlesque, and the red muscle suits for the 2000 psychological thriller The Cell, starring Jennifer Lopez. For Superman Returns, she worked on capes of various widths for flying, fighting, and posing. But she’s known for gloves, which have been used in The Amazing Spider-Man, Star Trek: Into Darkness, the Halle Berry TV series Extant, and more.

“I want my costumes to look and feel real and have a humanity to them,” Kym Barrett, Jupiter Ascending’s costume designer, says. “I often put Stacia on a prototype of something because she’s very meticulous, almost scientific in her method.”

Lang has had a long career of crafting one-of-a-kind costumes. After FIT, she sewed specialty costumes for Broadway shows, dance performances, and the circus. Next, she designed stage costumes for Prince and Dolly Parton—in fact, she’s probably best known for creating Prince’s headline-grabbing, buttock-exposing pants for the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards. (It was his idea, she says, but her design.) She moved to L.A. in 1997 to work in film, and she hasn’t looked back.