‘Priscilla’ Interview: Costume Designer Stacey Battat Says Working With Sofia Coppola “Is Always A Conversation”

For over 13 years, Stacey Battat has created the look of director Sofia Coppola’s characters. Since 2010’s Somewhere, the duo has worked on six projects together, their most recent being Priscilla. Battat’s job was not easy as she had to recreate some of the Presleys’ most iconic outfits.

I sat down with Stacey Battat to discuss her collaboration with Coppola and what it was like designing a biopic like this. Instead of tediously finding and sourcing exact accurate looks, she looked to the clothes to “develop the characters” and used photographic references to help along the way.

We also chatted about the state of plus size and fat bodies onscreen and what her dream project to work on would be (it’s not what you think.) Listen to our interview with Stacey Battat below. Priscilla is now playing in theaters.

Cortland Jacoby
A D.C area native, Cortland has been interested in media since birth. Taking film classes in high school and watching the classics with family instilled a love of film in Cortland’s formative years. Before graduating with a degree in English and minoring in Film Study from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Cortland ran the college’s radio station, where she frequently reviewed films on air. She then wrote for another D.C area publication before landing at Punch Drunk Critics. Aside from writing and interviewing, she enjoys podcasts, knitting, and talking about representation in media.