Deborah Lynn Scott is a film costume designer with over 50 film design credits on her resume, including winning an Oscar for best costume design for “Titanic” in 1998 (per IMDb). This film’s outfits were tailored to a specific time period, mostly 1912 Europe, but her work on Avatar and its sequel allowed the designer to think outside the box. In a joint interview with the Variety director, Scott was asked if the technology used to create the character looks for the new film had evolved from the first feature film. The designer responded by pointing out the importance of making outfits by hand first, rather than drawing her ideas and working from there.
She then shared how the costumes were so complicated in her design that they were “like a texture map unto themselves” before revealing how physically making the clothes allowed for more innovation than illustration. The costume designer later added, “There was a lot of water testing. We did it in Wellington, New Zealand and across the city. We had to look at the hair simulation and see what curly or braided hair would look like when it dries too wet to dry with the drips falling off.” Scott went on to elaborate on the importance of experimenting with different fibers to make sure that the buoyancy for the numerous underwater scenes was achieved.