“If tight pants, a itchy collar or a dress displease, they become a source of tension”

By Valentin Pérez

Posted on August 03, 2021 at 7:00 a.m.

Pierre Canitrot, at La Compagnie du costume, a rental company in Saint-Ouen, in Seine-Saint-Denis, on June 17, 2021.

At La Compagnie du Costume, a rental company from Saint-Ouen with whom Pierre Canitrot has made an appointment, a huge hangar collects, on hangers, all kinds of clothes that you often have to go find, perched on a stepladder and armed with ‘the patience of a saint. Impeccably listed, the accessories are locked in labeled boxes. The chronological classification, from the end of the XIXe century at the end of the XXe century, allows you to navigate.

For RAM (s), a Canal + series for which he designed the costumes, Pierre Canitrot went to the 1970s: this doubly tasty decade is both that of intrigue – the peregrinations of an engineer appointed to head Gépan (Groupe d study of unidentified aerospace phenomena), in France in 1978 – and that of its birth.

“We do not make more custard tart than the 1970s, which we immediately associate with pie server collars, garish orange, sprinkles, paws of eph ‘”, comments on the costume designer, white hair and large glasses. His mission ? Build a credible and pop locker room, without falling into caricature, all over twelve episodes of thirty minutes each, for the first season. “I said yes straight away. ”

Reluctant actors

Professional for twenty years, the self-taught Pierre Canitrot has mastered his business. He carefully builds moodboards, on which he likes to pin paintings by David Hockney or Francis Bacon. He also learned to keep his budget; not to forget anything in the outfit of a character, “From the alliance to the underpants if necessary” ; to plan « plans B » in the event of a rain or dirt scene; to have on hand various sizes. “Once on the set, it is no longer the time to notice that an extra is wearing a size 38 and that we only have a size 40 available.”

Alain Delon, Steve McQueen, Yves Montand, Robert Redford… “Their looks helped me to precisely define the lines of the two-piece suits. »Pierre Canitrot

Over time, he has also learned to better maneuver, with a lot of psychology, the actors reluctant to try a particular jacket or who think they know in advance that a pair of pants (which they have never put on ) will not suit them. “When something goes wrong, it is often on the costume that the problem will crystallize, he remarks. If tight pants, a itchy collar or a dress displease, they become a source of tension. ”

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