The Hollywood Reporter
by Emily Blank, Degen Pener
In an exclusive THR interview, costume designer Audrey Fisher spills the beans on Bill Compton, Vampire Eric and Pam’s hot vampire looks — and where to get them
HBO’s True Blood is undergoing a chic style transformation this year. Now in the midst of Season 4, the Southern vampire thriller has already seen Bill Compton become the King of Louisiana, while Vampire Eric’s memory has been erased and sizzling vampire Pam has been cursed with a flesh-rotting spell.
As the character’s plot arcs have progressed, their costumes have evolved in tandem. As True Blood costume designer Audrey Fisher tells The Hollywood Reporter, Bill Compton (played by Stephen Moyer) is dressing more formally since getting his royal title, while the goth-influenced wardrobes of Pam (Kristin Bauer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) have reached sexy and edgy new heights.
Here, Fisher tells how she links each character’s looks to specific scenes and gives the goods on the labels the vampires wear, from more mainstream ones like Joseph Abboud and Bebe to avant-garde discoveries like Skingraft, Amanda Lew Kee and Germany’s Blessed & Cursed.
Her most exciting find? A pendant necklace and earrings molded from real scorpion stingers.
But there’s one big no-no on set: even if something is made from silver, that bane of vampires, don’t dare say so. “We always say it’s platinum or white gold,” says Fisher.
Vampire Eric, played by Alexander Skarsgard, has amped up his style. In the past, says Fisher, “he was occasionally kind of a mafioso. He’d show up in a gray sharkskin Versace suit or a velour track suit.” This season, “he’s more kind of rocker goth, a heightened black prince.” The jacket here is a black denim jacket with leather sleeves from designer Rick Owens’ Dark Shadow collection. “It’s sleek and sexy.”
“When Eric went to Moongoddess to reprimand the witches,” says costume designer Fisher, “I wanted to give him a sharp sexy leather look but with a historical flair to foreshadow the medieval Spain flashback. This quilted Armani Jeans leather jacket fit the bill exactly: Alex looked fierce but had a slight historical silhouette.”
For vampire Pam de Beaufort, played by Kristin Bauer, “This was a fun look for Pam from Blessed & Cursed, a luxury denim line from Germany with great theatrical pieces,” says Fisher. “I thought the shoulder spikes were a wonderful complement to the dank, grey basement of Fangtasia, plus Pam throwns Lafayette around a bit so I wanted her to have a biker chic look. Her jewerly was all gun metal with inset crystals, and her necklace was a fun leather choker with a large rectangular stone by designer Nicolina Royale.”
“I found this gorgeous cropped jacket with leatherette strips for Pam at Bebe! I accessorized with some amazing jewelry by NYC artist and jewelry designer Elizabeth Knight. The pendant and matching earrings are molded from scorpion stingers! Under the jacket she’s wearing a custom leather corset, with black leather leggings from French Connection and some killer heels. In Los Angeles, Elizabeth Knight jewelry is carried by Pasadena’s Gold Bug, earrings $140, necklace $240. The pieces are cast sterling silver. “But we always say platinum or white gold. We can’t say silver!”
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