How does one dress the Beat Generation for the big screen? Costume designer Danny Glicker walks us through the transformation of Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart into iconic Kerouac characters for the movie adaptation of the classic novel (out Dec. 21).

By Sara Vilkomerson
Updated November 02, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT

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Authenticity

Glicker studied vintage clothes and pored over photos from the Dust Bowl era. ”We didn’t want the costumes to seem highly stylized,” he says. ”It was all about authentic textures and color.”

A hem

”I saw Kristen become Marylou,” says Danny Glicker, pictured, who considered how the length of Stewart’s hemline could affect the way her character walked. ”It’s exciting for a costume designer when the actor’s goal is to transform into another person.”

Literary Look

Hedlund was fitted for a jacket like the one worn by Neal Cassady (the inspiration for Dean Moriarty) . ”I’ve done a lot of road-trip movies — it’s important to honor how people really do pack when they’re traveling,” Glicker says.

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