Credit: Killing Eve
You know when you’re watching a show and you have to hit pause and take a picture because you just need to remember an outfit? We love those moments, and we happen to have 3 such TV shows on our list which made us do that repeatedly. Not only are we obsessed with these shows’ fashion, we are also in love with their plot lines, creativity and acting — especially those of the female leads. Pick a show, put together a platter of vege sticks and dips, and get ready to be inspired. Beware: highly addictive content might cause you to be stuck on your couch for the weekend!
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Awards snatched: 2019 Golden Globes Best Miniseries or TV Film, 2019 Golden Globes Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture for TV (Darren Criss)
The TV series starts off with the scene we all know is eventually going to happen — the gunning down of designer Gianni Versace outside his Miami home by spree killer Andrew Cunanan. In the scenes and episodes which follow, we see the days, months, even years leading up to the killing and also Gianni’s sister Donatella Versace subsequently taking up the reins at the company after his death.
For a crime series so deeply rooted in fashion, it is hard to not pay attention to the clothing choices in the movie. It is interesting to note that Versace the company decided to not participate in the project, so it was up to costume designers Lou Eyrich and Allison Leach to turn to resellers to acquire real Versace items from past collection, research at an expansive Versace archive at Los Angeles’ FIDM, and recreate the garments they can’t borrow or buy from scratch. In an interview with WWD, Eyrich says she would “stay awake at night trying to figure out how to create that Versace world” in a way that would be respectful to the brand’s integrity. Perfecting details such as the infamous harness dress worn by Donatella, the flamboyant style of Gianni, and the sibling rivalry reflected in the two styles of clothing donned by two groups of models at the designer’s last show – is what made this American Crime Story series so visually delicious to watch.
Awards snatched: 2019 Golden Globes Best Actress In A Television Series
Eve Polastri’s life as a smart but bored MI5 security officer suddenly took a change upon the introduction of a mystery serial killer. We see in parallel the life of the very serial killer in question unfolding – Villanelle is a hired assassin who is not just talented at her job, but incredibly passionate about it. Eve and Villanelle’s lives soon started intertwining as they go head to head in a fierce game of cat and mouse, each woman equally obsessed with the other, as Eve is tasked with hunting down the psychopathic assassin.
Not only are both actresses’ acting excellent, comedic, and entirely captivating, there are also fashion moments that one may dare crown “iconic”, inspirational reference images when year 2040 comes by. That includes the scene where Villanelle is at a psychologist’s office sofa to be mentally assessed on her ability to murder people, dressed in a pouf of a pastel pink Molly Goddard dress — fitting to the character’s dark sense of humour. Another scene sees her in a Dries Van Noten power suit evading being hunted at a night club.
In contrast, Sandra Oh’s wardrobe is way more drab – given her job, “it’s important that she is forgettable”, explains the series’ BAFTA nominated wardrobe designer Phoebe De Gaye, pointing to the neutrals, greys and beige tones of her wardrobe. “If you don’t remember what she looks like then it’s been a success.” Fashion plays an important part in completing each character’s personalities – used by one as a tool to manipulate or blend in, and forgotten by the other – becoming an intrinsic and essential part of this part thrilling, part hilarious, always gripping drama.
Marvellous Mrs Maisel
Awards snatched: 2019 & 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy, 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Amy Sherman-Palladino’s show about Midge Maisel (played by Rachel Brosnahan) a fast-talking 1950s housewife who discovers she has a talent for stand-up comedy after she’s left by her cheating husband premiered just two months after the Harvey Weinstein expose made headlines in 2017, providing a much needed outlet for female empowerment in the era of #MeToo.
With late 50s Manhattan’s Upper West Side as a backdrop, Midge Maisel’s wardrobe choices are as sharp as her sense of humour. From fitted short sleeve knit tops paired with waist high shorts to polka dots dresses and big sweeping coats, the show’s costume designer Donna Zakowska looked to Audrey Hepburn for inspirationwhen she was designing her closet for Season 1. In season 2 where the central character goes to Paris and then the holiday town of Catskill in upstate New York, she look to Grace Kelly. Of Midge’s outfits, Palladino said to Zakowska “She’ll never look depressed. Let’s not even think about that.” The wardrobe designer think that’s true of many people in the ‘50s and ‘60s; women had that sense of, “Well, you carry on.” Midge is that type of character – wouldn’t we want her wardrobe and her attitude as well!