“Billions” Costume Designer dishes on Wendy Rhoades’ enviable looks


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When Jane Carlson from The Hollywood Reporter, asked me about Maggie Siff’s character’s powerful, streamlined style on the Showtime series, Billions, I said “The minute she walks through the office you know you don’t want to f–k with her.”

Check out The Hollywood Reporter‘s full article “Billions” Costume Designer dishes on Wendy Rhoades’ enviable looks and the difference between designing for Billions compared to The Carrie Diaries or Gossip Girl.

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@ElleMagazine asked me “Why is this billionaire wearing a $22 Metallica t-shirt?”


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When Justine Harman, the senior entertainment editor at ELLE.com, asked me about Damien Lewis’s idiosyncratic manner of dressing on Billions, I said “Axe isn’t Chuck Bass. He has a $300 T-shirt that doesn’t have to have holes all over it with epaulets; he’s selected a quiet V-neck that drapes just right…And then, when Axe does wear a suit, it’s like a punch to the face.”


Check out Elle.com’s full article How To Dress Like A Billionaire by @JustineHarman for nine rules about dressing “like someone who takes home a paycheck with as many zeros.”

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I told @VogueMagazine how the @AstronautWives’ retro fashions are topped off with chic shades.

To differentiate among the women (it can be tough to keep them straight at first), he gave each her own color palette—blacks, whites, and grays for frosty, sophisticated Louise Shepard (Dominique McElligott); baby blues and pinks for reserved, stuttering Annie Glenn (Azure Parsons); tropical greens and mixed prints for the outspoken, Marilyn Monroe–esque Rene Carpenter (Yvonne Strahovski).  The finishing touch: finding each woman the perfect pair of shades, because nobody needs eye protection like an astronaut’s wife, for whom staring up at the sky is basically an occupational hazard.


When Vogue.com’s Senior Culture Writer Julia Felsenthal asked me about my costume designer’s backstory on The Astronaut Wives Club, I said “We’re not doing men in great suits and women in New York silhouettes. We’re starting in middle America, and having this journey with the wives as they grow into themselves and learn about life and style.”


But I can’t go without giving props to our prop master Jonathan R. Hodges for working with costumes to source vintage styles from American Optical, Persol, and Ray-Ban. It’s one of those gray areas where costumes and props converge. Julia Felsenthal notes “The finishing touch [in] finding each woman the perfect pair of shades [is major] because nobody needs eye protection like an astronaut’s wife, for whom staring up at the sky is basically an occupational hazard.”

Check out Vogue.com’s full article by Julia Felsenthal From Lisa Loeb to the Astronaut Wives: Why Cat-Eye Glasses Are Cool Again, to find out why Vogue.com’s Fashion News Director, Chioma Nnadi, likes them so much. And get ready for your next post-MadMen fashion fix this week with episode two of The Astronaut Wives Club, “Protocol.”

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#SneakPeek @AstronautWives #Preview— Watch The First 5 Minutes of “The Astronaut Wives Club”

Ready for lift off and meet the first ladies of space! Tune in tomorrow night after you watch the first 5 minutes of ABC’s “The Astronaut Wives Club” now via YouTube.

#AstronautWives #sneakpeek #preview #countdown

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I told @WhoWhatWear how I styled each of the amazing women in The Astronaut Wives Club—

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“The style evolution of each wife is a sign of the times and a sign of their personal evolution as well. For the men it was about being launched into space, but for the wives it was about being launched into a social stratosphere. I tried to tell a fashion-as-final-frontier story tracking time and self-discovery with each outfit selection. The transformation from everyday army wife in a homemade shirt waist dress to social butterfly best dressed in a Pucci pantsuit!”

I answered WhoWhatWear’s call with 17 exclusive fashion facts, icons and my inspiration for how I designed a signature look for each amazing woman of The Astronaut Wives Club.

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FASHION 411: Blair Waldorf’s wardrobe lives on!

blair-waldorf-in-oscar-de-la-renta-chuck-bass-parisIf you think that Leighton Meester wore Blair’s signature headbands off the lot or that Kiernan Shipka slipped a ’60s-era “Mad Men” dress into her bag at the end of the day, think again.

I spoke with Fawnia Soo Hoo, contributing editor of Fashionista.com, about the number one rule of thumb that audiences might not realize, where to find cast-offs from your favorite shows, and more.

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The race for space was fought in high heels.

Get to know the first ladies of space with The Astronaut Wives Club, premiering Thursday June 18 at 8|7c on ABC. #AstronautWives

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