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One of the biggest fashion surprises was seeing Pam wearing a Wal-Mart sweatsuit.

“I am wearing a Wal-Mart sweatsuit for y’all. If that’s not a demonstration of team spirit, I don’t know what is.”

But was it really Wal-Mart the Hufftington Post asked Kristin Bauer van Straten?

“[Laughs.] Amazingly, I don’t know. We put this thing on in the fitting — we had a whole bunch to try — and we did not continue after we saw that fabulous shade of yellow. And then Audrey [Fisher, "True Blood" costume designer] dyed the pants to be slightly a different yellow than the top and shortened them so they’d be too short. It’s just genius. I can’t wait to see Wal-Mart — I’m always writing letters trying to get them to stop doing things that they shouldn’t do. [Laughs.] I have this unbelievable karma with Wal-Mart.”

EW.com asked costume designer Audrey Fisher about the already legendary outfit, who told EW via e-mail that she found the top half of the ensemble online (it’s no longer available on the site but this version comes pretty close) and then altered “the heck out of it to fit Kristin.” Fisher also said she shortened the sleeves so they seemed a little too small, though she certainly didn’t do it to make the piece look slapstick. “That costume is funny enough on its own,” says Fisher.

As for the pants, Fisher said she found a well-fitting pair at American Apparel and dyed them to match the top half. But the work didn’t stop there. Since the scene in question involved plenty of dirt (and a stunt double), she also had to create six sets of the same ensemble. As Fisher puts it, “It takes a lot of effort, it turns out, to re-create the Wal-Mart sweatshirt look.”

True Blood Jewelry Designed by Marianna Harutunian

Posted by Lynnpd On June - 6 - 2012

Have you ever wondered where all the lovely jewelry that Pam wears on True Blood comes from?

In her capacity as True Blood’s Costume Designer, Audrey Fisher combs all over searching out great looks for the cast on True Blood and she found some great jewelry made by a friend.

Marianna Harutunian is a Los Angeles based Jewelry designer, who works primarily with Swarovski Crystals and 24k gold, silver plated metals.

Every season of True Blood Marianna sits down with Audrey Fisher to discuss what she can design for the show. She has primarily designed pieces for Kristin Bauer Van Straten as Pam De Beaufort, and the Fairies, namely Queen Mab from Season 4 premiere, and the Fairy with Sheriff Andy, in which he is captivated with at the end of the Season 4 finale.

Kristin Bauer van Straten says her favorite necklace is the black choker from Season 1 and Season 3. Below are a few designs by Marianna that were used on the show:

Update: In the new edition of Entertainment Weekly, is a photo of one of the jewelry pieces designed by Marianna and worn by Kristin Bauer van Straten, see below:

We asked Marianna to answer a few questions for us about her experience of working on the show and with Audrey Fisher and Kristin Bauer van Straten:

Can you tell us a bit about how your collaboration with True Blood came about?
My collaboration with True Blood came about through knowing the costume designer Audrey Fisher. Audrey Fisher was a customer of mine, when I first opened my shop in 1999/2000. Audrey came to me, when she got the position on True Blood, wanting pieces for the show, and the rest is history. Audrey is the reason I have become apart of the True Blood family in terms of adorning some of the shows characters with my handmade jewelry. I owe so much to this talented, beautiful, and lovely lady.

 

Tell us about how the design process works with Audrey Fisher?
The designing process usually starts off with my having a meeting with Audrey, and her coming to me with what characters she needs pieces for. We discuss what the look and feel of the piece should be, and I then proceed to design custom samples for Audrey. Then the samples are refined till the piece is perfect and meets the needs for the character or characters on True Blood.

 

Is there more we can expect expect from you for season 5?
You can expect new pieces on “Pam De Beaufort” played by Kristin Bauer. I love making custom pieces for the character of Pam. The necklace from Season 1 and Season 3, Kristin has told me are her favorite pieces of mine. You can also expect new pieces for the fairies, other new characters, and a main character of whom I’ve never designed for, but can’t reveal who as of yet. All the new pieces I will comment on as they appear in the season via my Twitter.

Marianna will have new pieces on Pam, and other characters in Season 5 and True Blood Fans can buy the jewelry that she has made for the show.

She has her work shown and available in many places online. Go on over to the links below to see and purchase her work:

Production designer Suzuki Ingerslev and costume designer Audrey Fisher will each give their live commentary on a True Blood season 4 episode to be viewed on HBO Connect.

 

Suzuki Ingerslev, a native Californian, has enjoyed a 20-year career as an Art Director and Production Designer. Her design credits include Six Feet Under, Shark and all 5 seasons of True Blood. Suzuki’s lists of accomplishments include 3 ADG nominations and 10 Emmy nominations. Although she has had many successes throughout her career she obtains the greatest satisfaction from the relationships she has built with Alan Ball and all the other various creators, writers, producers and craftsmen.

Follow Suzuki’s live commentary of True Blood Season 4, Episode 8 “Spellbound” on Sunday, June 10 at 3pm ET. CONNECT: http://itsh.bo/KYipDB

 

 

After graduating from NYU, Audrey Fisher began designing costumes for off-Broadway shows, before returning to her hometown of Los Angeles. Fisher’s was previously on the design teams for That 70s Show, That 80s Show, Twenty Good Years and the football film, We Are Marshall. Audrey is now the Costume Designer for True Blood, enjoying all the joys and challenges of the sexy, bloody, vampy show.

 

 

Follow Audrey’s live commentary of True Blood Season 4, Episode 11 “Soul of Fire” on Sunday, June 10 at 6pm ET. CONNECT: http://itsh.bo/KPNhbO

Meet The Department Heads: Costume Designer Audrey Fisher

Posted by Lynnpd On January - 20 - 2012

Michelle Forbes dressed as the Maenad

What you’ve been up to this week:

Knee deep in fabulous costume research for Season 5! I’m getting up to speed on what’s in all the stores, making contact with all the companies that we work with, and getting in touch with the actors. But most importantly I’m prepping for a costume meeting with Alan to talk about the look of the season and get his take any exciting new characters and flashback or historical scenes with lots of costumes… That meeting provides the backbone for the start of my season in terms of costumes, and I can use all the information I get from him to move forward with all my designs.

Weirdest thing you’ve had to do for True Blood:

Feed an actress a sandwich! When Michelle Forbes was the Maenad Bride during the climax of Season 2, she was wearing her giant 3 fingered claw hands and this giant 1940s bridal gown and floral headpiece, and the poor dear was so hungry but couldn’t hold her own sandwich… so I fed her. It was very intimate.

read the rest of this interview at: inside-true-blood-blog.com

The Vault Wishes Audrey Fisher a Happy Birthday!

Posted by Lynnpd On November - 17 - 2011

The Vault wishes Audrey Fisher, (True Blood’s Costume Designer) a Happy Birthday – November 17!


True Blood Season 4′s Dark, Sexy New Fashion Look

Posted by Lynnpd On August - 5 - 2011

HBO’s True Blood is undergoing a chic style transformation this year. Costume Designer, Audrey Fisher talks with THR about Bill Compton, Vampire Eric and Pam’s hot vampire looks in Season 4 — and where to get them.

Now in the midst of Season 4, the Southern vampire thriller has already seen Bill Compton become the King of Louisiana, while Vampire Eric’s memory has been erased and sizzling vampire Pam has been cursed with a flesh-rotting spell.

As the character’s plot arcs have progressed, their costumes have evolved in tandem. As True Blood costume designer Audrey Fisher tells The Hollywood Reporter, Bill Compton (played by Stephen Moyer) is dressing more formally since getting his royal title, while the goth-influenced wardrobes of Pam (Kristin Bauer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) have reached sexy and edgy new heights.

Fisher tells how she links each character’s looks to specific scenes and gives the goods on the labels the vampires wear, from more mainstream ones like Joseph Abboud and Bebe to avant-garde discoveries like Skingraft, Amanda Lew Kee and Germany’s Blessed & Cursed.

Her most exciting find? A pendant necklace and earrings molded from real scorpion stingers.

But there’s one big no-no on set: even if something is made from silver, that bane of vampires, don’t dare say so. “We always say it’s platinum or white gold,” says Fisher.

See examples of this new look see the photos below:

source: hollywoodreporter.com

 

Audrey Fisher is Bon Temps Personal Shopper

Posted by Shadaliza On August - 2 - 2011

Sookie’s sundresses, Bill’s Henley’s, Eric’s dorky shorts, Pam’s leather corsets…. and all the other fabulous outfits of our Bon Temps friends are selected and created by True Blood’s costume designer Audrey Fisher.

Although each day on the “True Blood” set is different, the basic costume design process is the same. First Fisher receives a script or synopsis of an episode. “I usually get each script a couple weeks in advance, and often I can also see outlines of upcoming scripts so I can keep my eye on what’s coming down the road, so the entire team has as much time to prep as possible,” she says. Each script has about 40 characters with one to three costume changes per character, and typically spans a two-day period.

Then she meets with her team to discuss costume ideas. Next, she consults with “True Blood” producer-creator Alan Ball and the episode’s director for further input and approval of proposed costumes. Then the costumes are put together and the actors are fitted — Fisher does fittings on anywhere from one to 10 actors a day. Fisher sends photos of the actors in costume to Ball for final approval. The costumes are then tagged with the actors’ names and sent to the costume truck (an 18-wheeler), where 12 dressers make sure the costumes are worn correctly by the actors in each scene.

“It’s always challenging to find costumes that reflect how she’s becoming more sexual, more adult, more like a woman, yet still in this small town vernacular,” she explains about dressing Sookie. For anyone who hasn’t seen the show, Sookie is a polite, nice girl who happens to be having “crazy sex with a vampire,” as Fisher puts it. So, in designing for this character type, she often turns to building dresses with tight bodices in small floral prints that suggest a young woman who is slightly sexy, yet somewhat demure and a little sassy. Fisher also tends to horde fabric such as the cherry-embroidered gingham currently stashed in Sookie’s closet that she’ll turn into a sundress one day.
Fisher finds designing for Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) inspiring, as almost anything goes, especially the color palette. Equally enjoyable is Pam (Kristin Bauer), who she dresses in dramatic, sexy shapes to fit the story line that this fashion-forward vampiress has personal shoppers at her disposal in Los Angeles and New York. Fisher is most energized, though, when creating period costumes for the show’s flashbacks that in past episodes have included the 1920s, 1930s, 1850s, Vikings, fairies and even goblins. “If we were just doing rural Bon Temp all the time, that would get a little tedious and this allows me to do crazy, weird,” she laughs. She thrives on the change-up because it jump-starts her creativity within a restrictive set of boundaries in terms of budget and prep time. Where some designers may find this process nerve-racking, she finds it exciting.

In reflecting on the last four years, Fisher is amazed at the show’s popularity and attributes it to a narrative that is risky, sexy and raw. She believes “True Blood” is becoming more fantastical and strange, which she personally likes and finds similar to “Twin Peaks,” one of her old favorites. “I don’t think there’s anything quite like ‘True Blood’ that is not purely fantasy sci-fi but also has this very human element,” Fisher explains. She’s astonished it has become such a phenomenon, adding, “I love being part of a show that has that sort of fanatical following, that kind of devotion.”

Read the complete articles on costumedesignersguild.com and www.oxy.edu

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