Somewhere there's a man who should thank his lucky stars for Marlene Stewart's sense of humor. He's the bozo who told the "JFK" costume designer: " 'The Doors' must have been an easy movie to do. Everyone just wore their own clothes."
"I could have killed him," says the designer whose costume credits include all of Madonna's music videos and tours since 1984, as well as the principal costumes for "The Doors," and overseeing the garb of up to 20,000 extras.
And yes, Ms. Stewart was in the center of the celebrated Jim Morrison leather pants issue.
"Again, this is the difference between a movie and reality," she says. "We did have his [Jim Morrison's] real leather pants. Val Kilmer tried them on, and they were so ill-fitting. He couldn't move in them, that's for sure. They'd aged to perfection. He couldn't bend or anything. They just didn't have leather pants like they do now. We had to make 20 pairs of leather pants for him, and some were made out of synthetic leather. It doesn't breathe any more than leather, but it doesn't stretch."