Jonathan Anderson will design the costumes for Challengers

Jonathan Anderson will design the costumes for Challengers, Luca Guadagnino’s next film

The promise of a great fashion moment, with Zendaya and Josh O’Connor, seen on the big screen.

The news just came out: Jonathan Anderson will design the costumes for Challengers, the next film by Luca

Guadagnino, the Italian director who made the romantic fresco Call me by your name. And if he had already

convinced by the poetry of his plans in 2022, it is always with beautiful images that the filmmaker is

preparing to go back behind the camera.

A love story with a sports background

With Challengers, Luca Guadagnino decides to immerse us in the world of tennis and its competitions (Challenger

being the name of a tournament of fairly low level of the professional circuits): we will follow the wanderings

of Tashi, a player turned coach, who now takes care of the career of her husband. After a series of defeats,

he participates in the famous “Challenger” where he finds himself facing his wife’s former boyfriend…

A feature film that is already in the director’s favorite genres, namely drama and romance (and probably

a homosexual romance as suggested by the crossed feelings of the characters). This love triangle will

be carried by Zendaya, a rising star of the cinema who is no longer introduced since her roles in Euphoria,

Spider-Man, Dune but also in the very convincing Malcom & Marie. At her side, Mike Faist, recently noticed

in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, will take on the role of her husband, Art, while the ex Patrick

will be played by the British actor Josh O’Connor (The Crown). And to sublimate the whole, Jonathan Anderson

has just been propelled to the realization of the costumes. 

A universe filtered by Jonathan Anderson’s fashion

Luca Guadagnino is no stranger to fashion. On the contrary, it occupies a significant place in his filmography,

and he has also worked with Valentino for his short film The Staggering Girl in 2022. For his new film,

he will put Jonathan Anderson’s fashion in motion. The Irish designer, founder of JW Anderson and artistic

director of the Spanish label Loewe since 2022, is used to transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary

and will certainly have no trouble meeting the film’s aesthetic. And if tennis is the main theme, there

is no doubt that clothing will have a place of choice on the screen, the sports wardrobe having a history,

evolutions, and variations of its own, and which Jonathan Anderson masters perfectly the narrative power.

In this regard, we remember his collaborations with Converse, his baseball caps that have become hand

and shoulder bags over the course of several seasons, or the overstitched sweaters in his spring-summer

2022 men’s collection.

JW Anderson men’s spring-summer 2020 show 

Vogue Runway

JW Anderson men’s spring-summer 2022 collection

Vogue Runway

Moreover, we already know him to be a fine lover of visual arts and cinema, as his latest collaborations with the

animation studio Ghibli where he revisited the fantastic imagery of the films My Neighbor Totoro and The Voyage

of Chihiro can testify. But in the end, it is mainly for his boundless creativity that he exploits through a playful

and incisive fashion that we guess he is able to take up all challenges . And this one is just one more on the list. 

If the film Challengers by Luca Guadagnino is scheduled for 2023, no release date has yet been disclosed.

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