‘Revenge’ Costume Designer Talks Shoes & Show’s Final Season

Revenge Costume Designer
On the set of Revenge.
Courtesy of ABC TV Network.

The news was just released today that season 4 will in fact be the final season, with the May 10 episode titled “Two Graves” as a series finale. Here, FN takes a look back at an interview with Ohanneson about the season 3 set – think best brands for each character and more.

What shoes work best for plotting revenge? It’s a mix of high and low brands, according to Jill Ohanneson, costume designer for ABC’s “Revenge.” “I love shoes, I have a fetish,” she said. “I have a size 11-and- a-half foot, so it makes it hard to buy shoes. I live vicariously through my actresses on the show.”

What styles are you looking forward to featuring on the show?

“We’re moving into darker colors — more blacks, more grays — and we’re finally moving into boots. [My process is] I find out what the outfit is going to be, but some footwear looks don’t work well on camera — for example, too chunky of a color. Then I ask, ‘What is the most beautiful shoe on the foot?’ For me, it’s a beautiful high heel d’Orsay pump.”

Revenge Costume Designer The ladies of Revenge. Courtesy of ABC.

How about your favorite brands?

“We have found what works best for each character. Victoria [Madeleine Stowe] loves Manolo Blahnik, Charlotte [Christa Allen] works really well with Jimmy Choo. Emily [Emily VanCamp] would be happiest in boots, but we have to find that heel that still looks beautiful. She looks great in Manolo, and we have some Christian Louboutin. I also use Charles David and Steve Madden. It’s really such a mix.”

Revenge Costume Designer Revenge star Emily Van Camp. Courtesy of ABC.

Any scenes where footwear steals the show?

“There is an amazing moment coming up. I can’t talk about it too much because we’re in negotiations with shoe companies to showcase their [brands]. One of the characters talks about lusting after this style. It’s an opportunity to showcase a great, interesting shoe.”