Hulu’s ‘Difficult People’ Costume Designer On The Show’s Fashion & Footwear

Hulu has come out with a new series, “Difficult People,” which follows two aspiring comedians in New York City who have no problem displaying their bitter perspectives. Julie Kessler stars alongside Billy Eichner (who happens to be the half brother of FN and WWD photographer Steve Eichner), and the fashion is both realistic and playful. Here, costume designer Staci Greenbaum gives Spy an on-set tour.



Overall, how would you describe the fashion and shoes?

“We played a lot with the fashion, exploring things that fit specific personalities and keeping it real to New York City. Julie looks feminine, a little eccentric, vintage and uniquely her own. She has a sense of humor in the things she wears, and her footwear runs the gamut. She definitely likes color and prints with her footwear as well.”

Favorite fashion meets funny scene?

“The fourth episode, ‘The Courage of a Soldier,’ features a fun costume-and-shoes storyline. Julie makes this grand entrance into the hospital. She and her boyfriend, Arthur, are decked out to the nines, head-to-toe. She wore these great DVF platform ankle booties.”

What about the men’s shoes?

“For Billy, I wanted to play up a classic and traditional masculine New Yorker. But it needed to be realistic to what he could afford as a waiter. He wears Frye high-top charcoal laceups, and he has Steve Madden. Arthur is the most eccentric and high-end character. His style is a bit more curated. Clarks’ Wallabee style is his mainstay. He is kind of an odd bird.”

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