Revenge costume designer Jill Ohanneson says the lavish clothes on the show “raise people’s spirits”.
Earlier this month it was announced that the US TV series is getting its own fashion range, inspired by its wealthy characters. Revenge is set in the Hamptons and the stars Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Ashley Madekwe and Christa B. Allen regularly attend glitzy parties in designer clothes.
Jill always knew it was the perfect foundation to launch a dress range.
"It felt like the natural extension,” she told Fashionista. “I felt like it wasn’t just that these women were wearing dresses and looking great all the time, but it was kind of this specific look we’re very much about: the fitted sheath dress for Victoria [played by Madeleine] and Emily [played by Emily] although Emily’s is a little more demure in the neckline, versus Victoria’s sultry sexy necklines. What I thought perfectly rounded it out is Charlotte [played by Christa] in her great little fit and flare dresses and then Ashley [played by Ashley] with her separates. I felt like part of what people loved about [the show] was dressing up and I think that’s something that whether there’s an economic downturn or not, really raises people’s spirits and I think we can help give them that in their own lives.”
Jill is also considering designing a men’s range inspired by flamboyant software genius Nolan Ross.
The costume expert has been attending meetings with New York-based retailers in recent weeks to see if they are interested in the project.
She hopes to see her designs one day feature in Revenge.
“I would love to have that kind of a crossover and ultimately I would want to be designing a dress line that the actresses on my show would want to wear,” she said. “I do a lot of high-end designer fashion for my actresses, but we also build things so they’re not unused to that. I show them a sketch; I show them fabric, and then a couple days to a week later, they’re trying on a finished garment. So I think they’re open to it.”
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