So, a whole new bunch of fabulous characters to meet and as we all know first impressions count. The first episode in a new series is always the most important for me, as I need to very quickly try to say something about the characters and make them look fabulous but not lay it on too thick! The challenge, which I chose to accept, was to create 7 new looks for the new amazing characters. As always, it starts with the scripts, which were fantastic so inspiration came quickly. And once the casting was in place, which took a long time because the search for perfection is never easy, I was raring to go. Meeting the new cast is always a weird mixture of excitement and anxiety – we try loads of stuff on and often discard most of it! The gap between what’s in my head and the reality of clothes on an actual body is often quite large! But after these first sessions I am fired up with new ideas and new directions to go with the characters.
So, now to my favourite things from Episode 1 – well the first two are both worn by Naomi. Firstly her bag, which I absolutely love. Very early on we decided that Naomi was the kind of girl who always had projects on the go, always reading 3 books at once and so she needed a big bag to cart it around in. She would always take a book to parties in case they got boring! The bag was hand made by my amazing supervisor Jane Tooze and sort of inspired by Tracey Emin’s work with patchwork and blankets. The slogan - “Warning contains Ideas” - is a kind of statement of intent from Naomi, and should keep any dumbed down boys well away. Her Westwood t- shirt with its deeply ironic slogan of “I Love Crap”, (my second favourite thing), should also raise a few questions and hackles amongst her peers!
My third favourite thing from this episode is JJ’s jacket. I love the quirky spin on a traditional Harrington jacket that Lyle and Scott have given it – and without giving away too much about JJ’s character his decision to combine the checks on the jacket with the bright geometric design of his t- shirt is something only he would do.
So there you go that’s the first episode – so many clothes so little time!
See you next week,
Edward K Gibbon – Costume Designer