I Saw the Light
In I Saw the Light Tom Hiddleston plays the talented, but troubled, country music legend Hank Williams. Tom underwent a full transformation to adapt Williams' gaunt frame, accent, and singing style. The costume department, led by Lahly Poore-Ericson also had a tremendous task of recreating the iconic outfits that Hank Williams wore throughout his all too short career. For research Lahly viewed the original costumes Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame, read "Hank Williams: the Biography" and teamed up with the descendants of Nudie's Rodeo Tailors who created the original outfits (known as Nudie Suits).
Hank's most famous Nudie Suit was the Music Note: The beautiful suit was designed by Nudie, the West Coast tailor who supplied many country stars with custom stagewear. The cream-colored suit features blue musical notes in eye-catching relief. The back shoulder area includes a guitar, an image previously unseen in published photos of Williams. “It’s probably the most famous suit in country music history,”. Here's a look at Hank Williams wearing the suit and it on display along with the replica that was created for Tom Hiddleston to wear in the film.
A crucial moment in Hank Williams' career was when he made his Grand Ole Opry debut performing Lovesick Blues. Hank was called back out for six encores. Tom Hiddleston was just as electrifying in the scene filmed for the movie!
Another iconic recreation for the film was Hank Williams' fringed Nudie Suit. Tom Hiddleston wears the suit to perform Hey Good Lookin'.
A common theme in many of Hank's suits was the Frankenstein Stitching because of the extra-large lacing on the jacket and cuffs. Lahly Moore-Ericson embraced this style for the Luke the Drifter performance.
Less than three months before his death, Hank Williams married Billie Jean Jones during a lavish ceremony in Louisiana. They had a private ceremony, as well as two additional wedding ceremonies open to the public. Here's a look at archive pictures from the wedding versus the wedding staged in the film.
Marc Abraham and Tom Hiddleston talking about the costumes in an interview with Cinemacy.
Overall Buckaroo Hatters created more than 300 hats for the film and the promotional tour. The hats were used in contests and also given away to reporters/critics. Below Tom Hiddleston appears on the Today Show.
Costume Designer's Guild
Hank Williams Museum
The Fedora Lounge