Were you like me this weekend, losing yourself in the four-part return of the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life – on Netflix? Following the banter, the loves, and the lives of mother and daughter, Lorelei and Rory Gilmore? I did, of course, follow the clothes and the fashion! Gone were the uniforms and the classics for Rory, replaced by a more sophisticated style; Lorelei’s style continued to evolve with feminine twists (I noticed a lot of pencil skirts and wrap dresses! Yet the dressing was still full of whimsy, like the women themselves).
To my delight, the LA Times reported that WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) interviewed the show’s costume designer Brenda Maben, who reprised her role for the reboot. Maben said that she loved reuniting with the actors whom she adores: “We were like a family. That’s the only way I can describe it. When we came back for the show, it was as if we had never left. Their same shorthand speaking was still there, the understanding of what each person was trying to convey to the other person. We picked up where we left off.” In terms of the costumes and dressing the cast, Maben’s philosophy was to stay character and continuity-driven. “I’m all about the character and I wanted to stay true to the character more than anything else. All the choices were made solely on the natural progression of each character. Some characters stayed the same basically because that’s who they are. Through life, I know you have at least one friend or one person that you knew in college that 10 years later, you see that person and yeah, they have on different clothes, but they’re basically kind of the same. Maybe a little different color, but it’s still ‘Oh yeah, that’s so and so.’ I kinda felt that that was important to keep that continuity going.”
Fun, fun, fun!