Standout Style Secrets of 2019 Emmy-Nominated TV Costume Designers

It’s another golden age for TV, which means the competition is fierce. And many shows that are thriving aren’t just leaving it to a star-studded cast to grab viewers’ attention. “Costume designers are stepping it up,” said fashion designer and TV personality Nick Verreos in August at the launch

of FIDM Museum’s annual Art of Television Design exhibition in Los Angeles. “They’re providing more visual eye candy to the audience, but still doing the job of identify- ing the characters’ identity through costumes.”

The design school is presenting wardrobes from 23 programs — including 10 shows nominated in costume design categories at the Emmy Awards — through Oct. 26.

The Primetime Emmy Awards in costume design will be revealed at the Creative Arts ceremony, which will take place Sept. 14-15 and air on Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. ET on FXX. The main ceremony, for outstanding acting, directing and more accolades, will air live on Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. ET.

Below is roundup of standouts.

“Pose”

A voguing-fused drama on FX that explores New York City’s underground ball scene of the 1980s.

“Pose” costumes by Lou Eyrich and Analucia McGorty, Emmy Award Nominees for Costume Design. These costumes can be seen in the 13th annual “Art of Television Costume Design" exhibition in the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles. The exhibition is free to the public and runs Tuesday, August 20, through Saturday, October 26, 2019, 10:00am - 5:00pm; closed Sunday/Monday. (L to R) Costumes worn by actors: Dominique Jackson as Elektra, MJ Rodriguez as Blanca, Ryan Jamaal Swain as Damon, Billy Porter as Pray Tell and Indya Moore as Angel (photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
“Pose”: (L-R) Costumes worn by actors Dominique Jackson as Elektra, MJ Rodriguez as Blanca, Ryan Jamaal Swain as Damon, Billy Porter as Pray Tell and Indya Moore as Angel.
CREDIT: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

Designers: Lou Eyrich and Analucia McGorty

Retro styles featured:
“Reebok recently reissued all of their ’80s shoes — like their high-tops — so we got them with all the colors.”

Standout character style:
“With Pray Tell (Billy Porter), we always try to find fun, outrageous loafers and add to them. The first season, when we brought out some of the crazy stuff, he said, ‘I don’t’ know — let’s do it for Pray Tell.’ And then, [“Pose”] became a hit and Billy’s name was everywhere, and he was on every magazine cover. He came in going through the fittings and and said, ‘I’ve got to up my game and hired a stylist.’ So, Billy suddenly opened up to these great ideas and he’s making history on the red carpet.”

Editorial use only. No book cover usage.Mandatory Credit: Photo by Michael Parmelee/FX/Kobal/Shutterstock (10377409j)Billy Porter as Pray Tell'Pose' TV Show Season 2 - 2019Pose is set in the world of 1987 and "looks at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the rise of the luxury universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world."
Billy Porter as Pray Tell in “Pose.”
CREDIT: Michael Parmelee/Shutterstock

“A Series of Unfortunate Events”

In this Netflix fantasy-comedy, three orphans outwit sinister characters who plot against them in outrageous disguises.

A Series of Unfortunate Events costumes by Cynthia Summers, Emmy Award Nominee for Costume Design. These costumes can be seen in the 13th annual “Art of Television Costume Design" exhibition in the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles. The exhibition is free to the public and runs Tuesday, August 20, through Saturday, October 26, 2019, 10:00am - 5:00pm; closed Sunday/Monday. (L to R) Costumes worn by actors: Lucy Punch as Esme Squalor and Lucy Punch as Esme Squalor(photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
“A Series of Unfortunate Events”: (L-R) Costumes worn by actors: Lucy Punch as Esme Squalor.
CREDIT: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages
“A Series of Unfortunate Events” costumes by Cynthia Summers, Emmy Award Nominee for Costume Design. These costumes can be seen in the 13th annual “Art of Television Costume Design" exhibition in the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles. The exhibition is free to the public and runs Tuesday, August 20, through Saturday, October 26, 2019, 10:00am - 5:00pm; closed Sunday/Monday. (photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
“A Series of Unfortunate Events” boot detail.
CREDIT: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

Designer: Cynthia Summers

Standout character style:
“Esmé (Lucy Punch) needed boots and they had to match her octopus dress, so we had the latex dyed in London. Latex is quite toxic to work with because of the glue. When you put the compound glue onto the latex, it becomes a chemistry moment.”

Editorial use only. No book cover usage.Mandatory Credit: Photo by Eike Schroter/Netflix/Kobal/Shutterstock (10099488ad)Lucy Punch as Esme Squalor'A Series of Unfortunate Events' TV Show Season 3 - 2019After the loss of their parents in a mysterious fire, the three Baudelaire children face trials and tribulations attempting to uncover dark family secrets.
Lucy Punch (L) as Esme Squalor in “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”
CREDIT: Shutterstock

“Sharp Objects”

A journalist returns to her small hometown, confronting her troubled relationship with her socialite mother while investigating a murder in this HBO drama.

Sharp Objects costumes by FIDM Alumna, Alix Friedberg, Emmy Award Nominee for Costume Design. These costumes can be seen in the 13th annual “Art of Television Costume Design" exhibition in the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles. The exhibition is free to the public and runs Tuesday, August 20, through Saturday, October 26, 2019, 10:00am - 5:00pm; closed Sunday/Monday. (L to R) Costumes worn by actors: Eliza Scanlen as Amma Crellin, Amy Adams as Camille Preaker and Patricia Clarkson as Adora Crellin(photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
“Sharp Objects” (L-R): Eliza Scanlen as Amma Crellin, Amy Adams as Camille Preaker and Patricia Clarkson as Adora Crellin.
CREDIT: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

Designer: Alix Friedberg

Standout character style:
“Adora Crellin (Patricia Clarkson) is never seen without heels, even in her nightgown, because she’s the queen. When her daughter (Amy Adams) comes in wearing black beat-up boots with mud on the bottom, it’s almost as if she just stabbed someone.”

Brands used:
“Amy Adams had one pair of shoes all eight episodes because she just arrived with only a bag. It was Officine Creative, a black ankle boot with a tiny heel. We had probably eight pairs of them in different stages of distress. They are super-comfortable; I wear them myself. We took some color out of them, and we have an ager who does beautiful aging. You think about the character and what terrain they walked, how long they’ve had them, if they are hard on their shoes, if they put their shoes in a shoe bag — and that’s not what Amy Adams’ character did, she just put them on as a comfortable pair of shoes to go from A to B; it wasn’t a style choice.”

Editorial use only. No book cover usage.Mandatory Credit: Photo by HBO/Kobal/Shutterstock (9793120h) Patricia Clarkson as Adora Crellin 'Sharp Objects' TV Show Season 1 - 2018
Patricia Clarkson as Adora Crellin in “Sharp Objects.”
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