Superhero costume designer Edna Mode is a fan favorite of the Incredibles franchise, with her trademark snark worming its way into all our hearts.
The character was inspired by the fact that the director, Brad Bird, always found it implausible that a superhero like Peter Parker was sewing his own outfits. In a “real” superhero-filled world, he thought, there had to be a famous superhero outfit designer. People have noticed, however, that Edna looks somewhat familiar.
Many have speculated that she’s based on Oscar winning costume designer Edith Head, or Comme des Garcons founder Rei Kawakubo…
Brad Bird denied the connection in an interview with the New York Post, saying…
“The funny thing is that when I was promoting the first film all over the world, she was the only character everyone was convinced was based on someone from their country.”
He explained that he always saw Edna as half German and half Japanese:
“Those are both relatively small countries that have sort of an enormous impact [and] outstanding technical products coming from them. That’s what she is: a compact person with a very large personality and influence.”
But that didn’t stop fans from incorrectly believing the Edith Head rumors…
I always thought that Edna Mode was based off Linda Hunt, but after careful research, I found out she was based off Edith Head. You’re welcome. pic.twitter.com/ezq3wmZRC8
— Samantha Texeira (@samtexeira) June 15, 2018
I will always love the fact that the fabulous Edna Mode is based on the legendary Edith Head.
— Jowana Bueser (@jowana) June 15, 2018
— Sophie Goad (@sophie_goad) June 15, 2018
— Roxy Macdonald (@elizabtchtaylor) June 14, 2018
As well as the Rei Kawakubo ones…
Edna Mode is loosely based off of Comme Des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo. My whole life is a lie… pic.twitter.com/qMujhOWTSj
— nate. (@Abathingnatee) June 4, 2018
Edna Mode and Rei Kawakubo presented without comment pic.twitter.com/QmiAdU78lL
— detritivore (@JWatsss) April 18, 2018
Edna Mode is Rei Kawakubo pic.twitter.com/iw7igeyGrR
— E M O R Y (@E_M_O_R_Y) February 15, 2018
Wherever or whoever she came from, however, fans are just excited for more Edna!
Y’all when Miss Edna Mode pulled up in her Gucci Cruise 2018 silk embroidered kimono and her signature Moscot glasses I screamed. The legend jumped out.
— tragic mulatto (@sweatpantspapi) June 15, 2018
Y’all i’m deaddd my gma dressed as Edna Mode for this Incredibles premier pic.twitter.com/AAcy1QbPFn
— Lig Bex (@Lexicology_) June 15, 2018
we all need an Edna Mode in our life to smack our senses pic.twitter.com/g5GQvobwzp
— Commonwhitegirl (@Girlposts1p) June 15, 2018
Ahhh #Incredibles2 was sooooo good !!!!!
QUEEN EDNA MODE IS STILL A LEGEND!
— Da'Vonne Rogers (@DayDaVonne_) June 16, 2018
Despite Bird’s protestations, the fans are gonna believe what they want to.
Witness Edna’s return to form in The Incredibles 2!