The 10th Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design exhibition is coming to a close on October 15, but we wanted our featured costume designers to have one final say about their work! FIDM Museum Newsletter Editor Elizabeth Hinckley reached out to a few designers for an informal roundtable discussion about the challenges and joys of creating television costumes.
Is there something in particular that you want visitors to know, understand, or appreciate about your costumes for your show?
Daniel Lawson, The Good Wife:
I think one of the main ideas I would like visitors to appreciate about the wardrobe in TGW is how much work and thought really goes into creating character delineation utilizing mostly workwear - and in that world, mostly suits. I wanted the TGW wardrobe to be elegant, chic at times, understated at times, with solid elements of reality while also showing an elevated level of aspirational style.
Ruth Carter at the Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design opening night; photo by ABImages.
Ruth Carter — ROOTS:
My greatest challenge in creating the costumes for ROOTS was telling the family story with clothing. It involved a tremendous amount of historical study in the facts about slave conditions, their psychology of dress and understanding day-to-day challenges they faced within the 100 years of slavery in America whilst keeping the memory of Kunta Kinte alive.
ROOTS costumes; photo by ABImages.