Television characters can be a great source of fashion inspiration. After all, their wardrobes are curated by a costume designer! These designers choose clothing to create a distinct style that reflects the character’s personality and lifestyle. There is a reason behind every item a character wears! This week, I’ve found a collection of interviews with costume designers plus examples of their creations. Let’s learn how they create such eye-catching outfits!
- The character Olivia Pope on Scandal is known for wearing structured pieces with flattering draping. ‘Fashionista’ talked with designer Lyn Paolo about everything from battling networks about color palette to making the character feel like a real person.
- Love the looks Lyn Paolo created in Scandal? ‘Vulture’ has a slideshow of every outfit Olivia Pope wore in the second season of the show!
- To create Joan Watson’s style on Elementary, costume designer Rebecca Hoferr took inspiration from the women of New York. Watson style is fashionable and functional, perfect for running around the city searching for clues! ‘On Screen Style’ spoke with her to get the details.
- As one might expect from its name, the show Suits is a great source of inspiration for both men and women with its work-appropriate designer fashions. ‘Entertainment Weekly’ spoke with designer Jolie Andreatta about her inspiration for the characters looks.
- For a more detailed look at some of the women’s fabulous designer dresses in Suits, check out the outfits ‘The Stitcherati’ compiled. (I want them all!)
- Daniel Lawson is the costume designer on The Good Wife. In this article by ‘The Huffington Post,’ he discusses dressing strong women characters and shares tips on wearing suits, boots, and leather jackets. He also shares some stories about collaborating with the actors!
- The characters on Bones each have a distinctive style that summarizes their personality. ‘College Fashion’ shows you how to replicate their looks in real life. I particularly love Cam’s amazing dresses – professional and super flattering!
- Costume designers also use their skills to help actors dress for the red carpet and promotional events so that they are always put together. At a recent event, Emma Stone wore a work-appropriate look!