Together with True Blood’s costume designer Audrey Fisher (@AudreyFish) we look back at some of the most remarkable costumes of season 5. What did the actors wear, who did they wear and why did they wear it?
Special thanks to Audrey Fisher for offering an insider look at the True Blood costumes and to Lisa for selecting the fashion picks.
From episode 5.07 and 5.08
Arlene the beautiful bride
Because Arlene had to be hugely pregnant on her wedding day, I needed to find a gown that would accommodate a big belly. I decided Arlene would go for a frothy romantic 70s look…and the popular empire waistline of that era that would help with the belly. We found this gown at a vintage shop, and because of the padded bra and belly, the alterations were minimal..and Arlene looked perfectly divine! – Audrey Fisher
Russell is back
I wanted to Russell to be back to his dangerous self, all cleaned up and ready to roll. So I chose a gorgeous black satin jacket by Sand which has beautiful red embroidered blooms scattered on it…and so the oxblood shirt matched those embroidered flowers. It seemed like an appropriately theatrical look for his resurrection. – Audrey Fisher
Tara works the pole
This wonderful vinyl ensemble comes straight from Hollywood Boulevard. We tried on lots of options, but this one was the best for her movement; she needed her arms, torso and legs exposed so she could work the pole, and it’s amazing to see Rutina’s beautiful body showcased in this look. I went for traditional black vinyl to create a strong contrast with Lettie Mae, who basically looks like an Easter Egg in comparison. – Audrey Fisher
Pam the queen of Fangtasia
This was an 80’s flashback look…We went with that amazing lioness hair, and Donna Mills makeup, and she’s sporting a vintage black leather Cavalli dress. Working with Kristin Bauer van Straten is dreamy…effortless, fun and inspiring! She’s the consummate professional, a total joy. And easy on the eyes! – Audrey Fisher
I didn’t have time to custom build this costume, so I relied on rental pieces that we drastically altered. We did make the collar however, and I think it looks great. Stephen Moyer wears clothes so well, and innately understands how to move in period garments to make them seem totally right. – Audrey Fisher
Sam in plaid
Sam Trammell looks so incredible in blue plaid Western shirts…they are, of course, his character’s signature costume piece, but happily also totally flattering to his eyes, hair and physique! This is by Salt Valley, a brand from Urban Outfitters that I love and use all the time on the show. He’s wearing his trademark Merlotte buckle and Levis. So this is a totally iconic look…and yes he does look totally hot. – Audrey Fisher