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True Blood Season 5 Fashion talk with costume designer Audrey Fisher

True Blood Season 5 Fashion talk with costume designer Audrey Fisher

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


1900s Bill

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

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4 Comment responses

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    September 17, 2012

    Delightful costuming retrospective for episodes 7 and 8. I love reading how each look was created, and seeing the finished product worn by the amazing True Blood actors. Thanks to Ms. Fisher and to Shad for posting.


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    September 17, 2012

    Ms. Fisher as in all the seasons has done such an exceptional job with the costumes and with these episodes my eyes zero in on Mr. Compton (as always, first) in period costume; yes Mr. Moyer does wear and move in period garments just right. Next, Sam’s signature look Ms. Fisher knows well….what did those ladies say in the bar about scrunchies???

    Thank you Shad for these continued posts.


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    January 15, 2013

    Does anyone know the name of that shirt Sam is wearing? I know it’s Salt Valley, but usually Salt Valley names each one of their western shirts individually. I bought one but it was a size too small, though I loved it any way. A week later, it ripped and I’ve been trying to find one ever since! I actually got online to search for it (it’s sold out on, and after a few hours of searching for the shirt, decided to give up and just watch an episode of True Blood. And then BAM, Sam is WEARING the shirt I was looking for. My jaw hit the floor! Anyway, if anyone could help me find this shirt, or the name of the shirt, I would be SO SO appreciative! Great article, thanks a lot!


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    January 24, 2013

    Can anyone ID the black leather jacket that Eric wears during season 5 episode 7 when the vampires gather in Lilith’s chamber and drink her blood? He is still wearing it when they walk out on Bourbon street and go to the karaoke bar, massacre everyone, and see Lilith from a pool of blood. You can also see Eric wearing the jacket during the very first part of episode 8 after the True Blood credits and theme song goes off as the vampires all exit the elevator and start talking about how amazing their night has been…

    All I can tell from what I see is that it has very distinctive seam lines around the shoulders, it has two angled zipper pockets on the chest, and a stand up buckled collar.


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