True Blood’s Costume Designer Discusses the Season 7 Costuming Choices

July 23, 2014

Audrey Fisher Spills on Those Republic**t Costumes:

Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) suits up in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 5 (entitled 'Lost Cause' and previously titled 'Return to Oz')For HBO’s costume designer, Audrey Fisher, it is always a challenge to find just the right costumes for a show like True Blood. But she must be doing something right as fans and cast alike have continuously raved about her costume choices. For the record, she states that for each episode, her main focus is:

Try to get costumes that definitely were a big wink, but that weren’t too comical.

As for last week’s episode (entitled Lost Cause), there were certainly some extra challenges with making Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) just the right blend of republicomical:

I had to make at least doubles of it, maybe even triples. I sketched it up. We found a great fabric that we could get enough of, because he’s a tall man—it’s a lot of yardage, more than just the average suit. And a wonderful tailor in Koreatown whipped up these beautiful suits that fit like a glove and have really beautiful Western detailing. We topped it off with not a 10-gallon hat—that would be too comical—but a really beautiful Western hat.

As for Pam’s matching ‘republic**t’ costume, her task was a little simpler. Writer Craig Chester had already penned in a purple sequined gown as port of the scene requirement, so while Audrey didn’t have to design something from scratch, she did have to find the dress quickly. She found the near perfect gown and with a few minor alterations, had the perfect dress for Pam ready to go:

So his outfit I got to custom make, and her outfit I had to piece together a little more. That’s pretty typical of True Blood. Sometimes I’m able to make it from soup to nuts, and other times, I have to use all my wits to figure out a way to pull it off in 48 hours.

As for one of the other costumes used during the republican gala event, Sarah Newlin’s (Anna Camp) mother, Nancy Crabtree, was supposed to wear a red suit. However, due to the amount of blood shed in that scene, her outfit was changed to a pale pink suit so that the blood spray would show up better.

And, as  for all those 80’s flashbacks, Audrey looked to Richard Gere in American Gigolo as inspiration for Eric Northman’s outfits!

What do you think of Audrey Fisher’s costume choices for True Blood? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Entertainment Weekly – ‘True Blood’ costume designer talks Eric and Pam’s formal, flashback attire

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True Blood Costume Designer on Season 5

January 27, 2012

On Clothing Bon Temps and Her Intimate Encounter with Michelle Forbes:

Michelle Forbes as MaryAnnAudrey Fisher, a costume designer for HBO’s True Blood, talked about the experience she has had clothing the residents of Bon Temps, Louisiana. Fisher has been researching for Season 5; her research includes informing herself on what’s in the stores nowadays, maintaining contact with companies, and keeping in touch with the actors. She and creator Alan Ball will have a costume meeting for the purpose of finding the look of the season so she can begin her designs.

Fisher on her weirdest encounter on the True Blood set:

“When Michelle Forbes was the Maenad Bride [MaryAnn Forrester] 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.”

Fisher’s favorite scenes of True Blood:

“I’m partial to the historical flashbacks because it’s so fascinating to see the characters in that new environment, watch the actors be transformed in their period costumes and witness it all unfold in the gorgeous sets… choosing a favorite scene is almost impossible because there are so many stories behind each costume, and every character and every element of their costume.”

We can’t wait to see what Audrey Fisher has in store for our favorite characters, how about you?

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True Blood’s Costume Designer on Dressing Vampires

August 10, 2011

Audrey Fisher Talks to The Hollywood Reporter:

Alexander Skarsgård as True Blood’s Eric Northman S4 Ep2For fans of HBO’s True Blood, it’s not always about the vampires – sometimes it’s about the amazing costumes they wear! Recently, The Hollywood Reporter talked to costume designer Audrey Fisher about how she picks the clothes the hottest vamps in town like to wear.

While Alexander Skarsgård is currently a board shorts and hoodie kind of guy, he started the season with a lot more style. As Fisher puts it:

“This season, he’s more kind of rocker goth, a heightened black prince.”

She had him dressed in black leather for the first few episodes — a look that many fans loved.

For Pam, she also had a black leather theme happening, this time because she wanted a battle goddess inspired look, since Pam seems to spend a lot of her time defending what is hers this season. There are plenty of corsets and fabulously Gothic jewellery. However, her look also takes a decided change, just like that of her makers. Once the rotting curse hits her, she goes from showing lots of skin, to trying to cover up. Fisher has this to say about her black veiled number:

“Pam’s flesh starts to rot and fall off her body. It’s a harsh blow because she’s so fierce with her beauty and uses it as a weapon. So she covers herself like a Sicilian widow. She has this phenomenal black lace hat that a friend of mine who’s a milliner made. She’s this unbelievable kind of black widow. We called it rot couture.”

Finally, she discussed Bill’s wardrobe. In Season 4, we find Bill with a promotion. He is now the vampire King of Louisiana. His wardrobe has been altered accordingly. We no longer see him in his trademark Henley shirts, it’s suits all the way now baby! His house also got a makeover to suit his change in status.

Check out the style photos here and let True Blood Net know which one is your vampy fave.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter – True Blood’s Dark, Sexy New Style

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True Blood Cast and Crew Treated to Delicious Meals on Set

March 8, 2011

Typical Fare for the Cast and Crew:

guess-whose-lunch (Inside True Blood Blog)We have another fun tidbit from behind the scenes of True Blood, thanks to Gianna Sobol, assistant to Alan Ball and writer of our new favorite blog, Inside True Blood. Incidentally, if you haven’t checked it out, do so and then add it to your bookmarks!  There’s nothing better than news straight from the source.

Have you ever wondered what everyone eats on set, while filming True Blood?  Well, thanks to Sobol, here’s a peek.  She writes:

We’re shooting on our stages today, which means lunch is at the commissary. Whose plate do you think this is?  The choices are:

A) Audrey Fisher, costume designer
B) Todd Lowe, Terry Bellefleur
C) Michael Lehmann, director

Most of the guesses the blog received were Todd Lowe.  I have met Todd and agree with the people who chose him. The answer has not been posted, but hopefully we will get to find out soon.  What do you think, Truebies?  If you had to guess, who would your choice be?

Source: inside-true-blood-blog.com – Guess Whose Lunch?

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True Blood: Behind the Scenes with Costume Designer Audrey Fisher

August 10, 2010

True Blood Episode 32, Night of the Sun, had fans going whhaatt?! Vampire vengeance, baby vamp training, a visit from Rene, an awesome girl fight and Sookie on top! What an episode. HBO has an exclusive interview with the woman who keeps the cast stylin’ during every punch and all the puddles of blood.

Audrey Fisher was given a hard task this episode and one of them was to outfit Debbie Pelt during the girl fight scene with Sookie. The script for the episode called Audrey out by name and asked her to put Debbie in the most bad-ass biker look.

For Audrey, the focus for Debbie‘s look was sexy and edgy while keeping in mind how much of a mess she is, given her addiction to V. As glamorous as the outfit could be, a touch of trashy had to be added in order to portray the real Debbie Pelt. She also had to keep in mind that the fight scene would be rather long and the outfit had to survive a beating. Audrey reveals,

“I had a jacket custom-made with this red Japanese vinyl that’s washed back until it looks all mottled and weird…it gave her the freedom of movement to throw punches and have padding on her elbows.”

Some would find it odd that Audrey costume designs for a cast that is notorious for wearing nothing at all on the show. She says she gets the joke all the time, but in reality the cast is dressed more often than not. In fact, she has to create outfits that will be memorable because they’ll be wearing them for about three episodes before they take it off for sex.

In the Charlaine Harris novels, Sookie‘s outfits are meticulously detailed and Audrey uses the description to hold on to the small town cuteness Charlaine has created for the blond beauty. Sookie has a hotness that she is unaware of and wears items that are a lot more seductive than she realizes them to be.

The one character who is always fashion forward is Lafayette. Audrey notes,

“Working with Nelson is amazing. He just doesn’t hold anything back–even in the fitting room. He walks in as this quiet, shy actor with glasses, and then all of a sudden he’s all snappy and posing. I typically start with the script. I’ll usually try to come up with a theme for his mood, and then I just go for it. Like with that black satin, kind of Chinese top he wore…He was feeling kind of amazing…he had just gotten this fantastic car-so he put on a really hot outfit. That piece started off as a woman’s dress I found in Chinatown in L.A., and shortened it for him to use as a shirt.”

Another character’s who taker her personal style seriously is Pam. Audrey views Pam as someone who loves to look good; she knows her body and know how to use it as a weapon. Dressing for Pam has become a game. After living for so long, she wants to play a part. When she’s in Fangtasia, she wears a lot of leather, while on her off time she looks like very Upper East Side. She likes to dress like a lady and it seems she has a love for pink.

With all these wonderful clothes, it’s a shame that some of them are ruined with blood or fake blood. Audrey says there are six different type of blood that is used on True Blood. There are some that are easier to get out, but in general the stains never really get out. She makes sure to get multiples of every outfit because once blood gets on the clothing it’s dead to her.

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True Blood Fashion

August 4, 2010

What do Neiman Marcus and Goodwill have in common? They’re what costume designer Audrey Fisher looks to when dressing True Blood’s cast. Vamps, weres, and Sookie (whatever she is) all have a very specific style, but they all need one thing to complete their outfits: footwear.

Audrey hunts for the perfect footwear to compliment the outfit, especially when it comes to the vampire ladies of the show. Both the Queen and Pam have impeccable taste when it comes to what goes on their feet. Audrey admits:

“I became so obsessed with getting Pam the perfect hot shoe for her [ladylike] and vampy costumes that they started putting her fabulous footwear into the script, and her shoes started getting cameos.”

Neiman Marcus and Goodwill are not the only places Audrey hunts for her extraordinary fashion vision; she also looks to Giuseppe Zanotti, Aldo, Bebe, Steve Madden, Pour La Victoire, Jeffrey Campbell, John Varvatos, and Target.

For Audrey, vampire Queen Sophie-Anne takes the best dressed list on the show. Her 1940 dominatrix style is unique and calls for sky high heels, which Evan Rachel Wood (who plays the Queen) happily wears. Last season while wearing a white Norma Kamali swimsuit,  the Queen sported an elegant pair of DSquared heels. This season Audrey put the Queen in even higher Bebe wooden platforms.

Thing is, the vampires on True Blood aren’t very neat and tidy. They tend to get blood everywhere. Keeping this in mind, Audrey has to make sure she can snag multiples of the shoes she picks out, so they have back ups ready. She also has to make sure to add rubber to the bottom of every shoe so the actors have good traction on such bloody sets.

The most memorable footwear style for Audrey has to go to Lorena last season. Audrey notes,

“An incredible pair of Giuseppe Zanotti bejeweled mules with a sexy, skinny wooden stacked heel. Lorena (Mariana Klaveno) wore [those] last season [when] she stomped on vampire Bill. Her wooden heel was like a mini-stake! That was really the only time I could buy such an expensive shoe, but it was a shoe and a weapon, so I had two budgets working in my favor.”

Shoes can make or break an outfit. Thank goodness that Audrey works hard to make sure that everyone on True Blood can look stylish while staking vampires, selling V, or chasing weres.

SOURCE:  fabsugar.com

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Dressing the True Blood Cast

June 16, 2010

Have you noticed how Sookie, Tara, Jessica and Pam dress?  When they are wearing clothes, what do Jason, Bill, Sam, Lafayette and Eric wear? True Blood‘s costume designer, Audrey Fisher, shared with Fancast her ideas of where our favorite characters would shop and what clothing items are their favorites.

To get a bigger picture, Audrey explained that the costumes must project the hot, humid Louisiana climate.  Add to that the sexy kind of heat and you’ve got the requirements for skimpy and lightweight garments.  “I try to show as much skin as possible.”

Believe it or not, Audrey said the “garmentless sex scenes” must be considered as carefully as any garmented costume design.  There has to be a certain amount of coverage and those covers need to be comfortable and unseen by the camera.

So where are the apparel hangouts of these Bon Temps residents?

Starting with the ladies, while Pam would shop at Neiman Marcus for beautiful pumps, Sookie shops at Walmart and Target for tank tops, bikinis and shorts.  Tara, on the other hand, is very poor and just borrows clothes and wears hand-me-downs.  Jessica loves sundresses but her human father shopped for her at the mall.  Queen Sophie Ann also doesn’t shop, although she loves expensive jewelry.  She gets sent samples from Yves Saint Laurent.

We can probably guess that Sam shops at Boot Barn for his plaid, snap-front shirts.  Jason gets his 501 jeans and Frye boots at the Army/Navy surplus store.  Bill loves his Henley shirts and shops at Dillards, but as Audrey explains she feels “like we’ve moved to a different territory with Bill this season. Bill can’t live without high quality menswear, like he really enjoys a beautiful shirt.”  Eric‘s favorite tracksuits are from high end shops, but Audrey couldn’t put her finger on a particular store.  Lastly is Lafayette, who shops at the Fashion Bug for girly items.  He’s constantly wearing a do-rag and buys knock-off brands, like fake Chanel and fake Fendi, then puts his own twist on them.

So next time you’re in downtown Bon Temps, take note of who’s at that sale rack next to you.

Source:  fancast.com

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True Blood Nominated for the 12th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards

January 27, 2010

I am constantly amazed by this outstanding series. True Blood is such a pure work of art and I am so proud that the show is constantly being recognized for its amazing efforts. True Blood is once again being recognized for its exceptional costume design. The Costume Designers Guild is having their 12th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards and True Blood and their costume designer, Audrey Fisher have been nominated for Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series. The will be competing against “Mad Men”, costume designer – Janie Bryant and “The Tudors”, costume designer  – Joan Bergin.

The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.  If you are interested in attending the ceremony you can get more information about tickets, sponsorship, and table reservations by calling 310-491-1401.   We all know that True Blood is very deserving of this award. Ms. Fisher always keeps our favorite True Blood stars looking awesome!! We wish Ms. Fisher and True Blood the best of luck! GO TRUE BLOOD!

SOURCE:  Costume Designers Guild

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An Interview With True Blood’s Fashion and Costume Designer: Audrey Fisher

September 8, 2009

eric-vikingRecently “Fashionably Marketing Me” sat with the very talented Audrey Fisher, True Blood’s fashion and costume designer for a one-on-one. With each new episode of True Blood, Audrey is able to authenticate the time, whether it’s a flashback to certain era in time like Bill as a soldier during the Civil War or Eric’s (Alexander Skarsgaard) time as a viking human.  One of my favorite costume designs were from the early 20s and 30s which gave us a glimpse of Bill and Lorena’s tumultuous relationship. Much effort and intricate detail was put into both Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Lorena’s wardrobe and it made me feel like I was watching a movie from that era in time and had me secretly wishing men and women dressed liked that today. When Audrey was asked how she became a costume designer and the inspiration or the force that drove the passion, she stated,

“From a very young age, I was always making costumes for myself, my friends and my family. My path to costume design, however, was roundabout. In college, I had actually started toward a career in the literary department of theater studies but in my extremely academic graduate program I found I was still making costumes in my spare time. It was all connected: I was interested in the way costumes could tell stories. Based on some hats I was making for an art class, a director asked me to design the costumes for her production of “Medea” at a downtown theater. That’s when costumes became my professional passion, with that first off-off-off broadway show.”

Audrey began working in theater in New York in 1992, working happily for many years and traveling to Europe numerous times to design costumes for opera and theater as well. When asked what television shows she has worked on she said,

“In 1998 I moved back to my hometown of Los Angeles. Even though I was in Hollywood, I remained totally focused on theater and I got a job as a resident costume design assistant at the Center Theatre Group’s costume shop. I assisted Melina Root on a show called ‘Space’ and she asked me to assist her on the short-lived TV sit-com ‘That 80’s Show.’ She then hired me as her assistant designer for the last two seasons of ‘That 70’s Show.’ When the show wrapped, Danny Glicker hired me to assist him on ‘We Are Marshall.’ Danny has become a dear friend and I consider him to be my mentor. He was the original designer of True Blood and when the writer’s strike happened and he simultaneously got the offer to design ‘Milk,’ he suggested to Alan Ball that I take over as costume designer. Alan agreed. That was two years ago and I am so happy and grateful to be designing the costumes for True Blood.”

I know many of us could not be happier with Audrey and the casts’ choices because week after week, the cast looks amazing in an effortless way.  In reality much time and hard work does go into what our favorite characters wear in a particular episode and scene. Audrey describes the difference between costume design and fashion. Audrey explains that fashion and the costume that she fits for a particular character go hand in hand.  Whether she is fitting a person on True Blood or in theater. If the character is portraying a housewife, military personnel or one of the cast from True Blood, the costume has to be authentic and realistic to who that actor is portraying in that scene. Lastly Audrey was asked why there are always on going discussions with the studios and producers to explain the differences between fashion and costume design and what makes the distinction so important? Audrey explained,

“Certainly costume design and fashion are close cousins; I’m deeply inspired by fashion. I think some people sometimes mistakenly think that the costumes for a contemporary show can just be purchased head to toe at a department store and that’s just not the case. When I do find costume pieces at retail stores, vintage shops and costume rental houses, I do significant work on those items (altering, dyeing, distressing, aging) to make them work for the character before they go on stage or on screen.”

Each week I, and many other fans, look forward to the fashion and costumes on True Blood. I admit that I get some ideas for myself while watching, thanks to the very talented Audrey Fisher. I must admit I have a closet full of dresses and accessories to last me a few months! I even went as far as purchasing a 30s style navy blue dress that I have received many compliments on, so thank you Audrey! I think also as an actor it must be a dream come true to be able to voice your opinion and offer input on your wardrobe as many actors have stated.  Don’t miss the season finale of True Blood, Sunday Sept. 13 at 9 p.m. on HBO.

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True Blood Costume Design at Comic-Con Today!

July 23, 2009

alexandercostumeforeric01True Blood is everywhere at Comic-Con this weekend!  Have you ever wondered how they come up with those incredible outfits?  How do they pick out those great, hairy, barbarian warrior costumes Eric and his men wore in the recent flashback to when he was ‘made’ a vampire by Godric 1000 years ago in “Never Let Me Go“? Or how do they come up with the wild and crazy threads that bleeding edge Lafayette wears on a weekly bases?

Today at Comic-Con there will be a panel discussion on costume design in which True Blood wardrobe stylist Audrey Fisher will be participating.  The details are:

Location: HALL H Room 32AB

Time: 2:00-3:00 Costume Designers: Designing for Television Production— Characters created by writers and comic book illustrators are made real for the screen via the artistry of costume designers. Meet the women and men who are the costume designers on this year’s most popular television productions. Panel moderator Phillip Boutte Jr. (costume illustrator and member of the Costume Designers Guild, Local 892) hosts costume designers Shawna Trpcic (Dollhouse), Roland Sanchez (Lost), Amanda Friedland (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), and Audrey Fisher (True Blood).

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