What's the role of a costume designer? Well, if you're Cynthia Summers—and you're outfitting the ladies of Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce—one part of the job is to make sure that sequins are always on hand. During a panel discussion at Bloomingdale's 59th Street last night, the show's star Lisa Edelstein sat for a panel discussion with Cynthia, GG2D executive producer Meryl Poster, and Ramy Brook's founder and creative director Ramy Sharp. In anticipation of the show's Season 3 premiere (it's tonight at 10/9c!), the ladies opened up about all the on-set fashion.
But, back to the sequins. "Would [my character] Abby wear sequins to a school play? Yes, yes she would," Lisa said. "The fun thing about the culture around these women in Los Angeles is that they really do express themselves that way, even when they drop the kids off at school...It's just fun to look at that world."
But fantasy fashion—and sparkles—aside, Cynthia's role also involves delicately managing some very personal issues. "It's a hard job that [Cynthia] has," Lisa said. "Imagine you're about to be on camera, and it's your body. We all have insecurities, and she really meets the most frightened part of women that walk into the room. She has to find a way to nurture and to celebrate the things that we all love about our bodies." Cynthia admitted: "Sometimes I feel like a cheerleader."
But not all costume designers are so, shall we say, nurturing. Lisa brought up a cringe-worthy incident she had working with another artiste, early in her career. "It was my first job, it was my first two lines on camera, it was the night before, and [a costume designer] was putting me in a hideous dress. And she stood behind me and she said: 'you would be so perfect if you just lost 30 pounds." Well, Jeez!
Thankfully, no such bizarro conversations are had on the set of GG2D. "I think our show is great because we cover so many different looks, and different styles of women, and different bodies," Cynthia said. "And I think that's the point: to celebrate your body, and your shape, and what you want to put out into the world." Check out the rest of the panel, below.
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