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Buffy's Fashionista ||>

From Willow's array of hats, Buffy's fighting platform shoes and Faith's array of leather pants, the fashion on Buffy has been nothing if not inventive and up to the minute. In fact, if one notices, throughout the time of the series, what has been shown in the terms of fashion has appeared in society a year later. So who is the marvel of modern fashion that picks the clothes? Who gives Angel flow and makes Willow look like a "crazy birthday cake"?? Well, it is one talented woman by the name of Cynthia Bergstrom.

looking chic as ever

Where else might I see her work? you might ask. Well, she has appeared in many movies, both on the silver screen and on television. Here are some movies she has helped:


  • Christmas Wish, The (1998)
  • "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997)
  • 12:01 (1993)
  • Exclusive (1992)
  • For Richer, for Poorer (1992)
  • Fever (1991/I)
  • Working Tra$h (1990)
  • Scream (1996)
  • Every Breath (1993)
  • Back in the U.S.S.R. (1992)
  • No Place to Hide (1992)
  • Kid (1991/I)
  • Best of the Best (1989)
  • To Die for (aka Dracula: The Love Story) (1989)
  • Zombie High (1987)
And finally, an interview with the fashion lady herself! It's done by the WB and you can find the mirror interview here.

The WB.com: When you were in high school, how important was it for you to keep up with the latest trends?

Cynthia Bergstrom: Though I went to a Catholic high school and was required to wear a uniform, it was extremely important for me to put my own mark on the uniform. Let's just say I bent the rules a bit.

The WB: What made you decide to go into costume design?

CB: As a kid growing up watching television, I wondered who was responsible for clothing the actors. At one point, I thought a job like this was totally beyond my reach and then one day I decided it was completely within my reach. I have always loved film and fashion, so to be a costume designer was the natural choice for me.

The WB: What kind of training have you had?

CB: I've studied art, history and illustration. I majored in Fashion Design and Merchandising. But the best training has been the hands-on experience.

The WB: How did you become Costume Designer for Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

CB: I believe Joss Whedon saw the original Scream and liked my work. The position was open on Buffy; we interviewed and just really clicked.

The WB: What's a typical day on the job?

CB: Typically the day is filled with fitting the actors for the episode, breaking down and studying the script, meetings and discussions with the producers, director and my crew, shopping, swatching fabric, and checking and rechecking to ensure smooth sailing.

The WB: Where do you find all the great clothing for Buffy?

CB: Fred Segal, Dari, Barneys, Saks, Lisa Kline, Neiman Marcus, Madison, American Rag and Curve.

The WB: So, what kind of fashion is in right now?

CB: Color, color and more color. For girls, brightly printed fabrics, silks and florals. Shoes are pretty and cute; very feminine with matching handbags. Very Audrey Hepburn. Clothing that is fun! For guys, softer dressing; lightweight cashmere sweaters, drawstring pants, comfortable fabrics.

The WB: Name the worst fashion faux pas you've come across.

CB: Pants worn with dresses. What's the point?

The WB: What advice might you have for others who want to become costume designers?

CB: I think everyone should have a strong, solid education to begin with. This business can be difficult to break into, and one should have something to fall back on. Also, put a good portfolio together - either sketches or photos of looks you've come up with. Try to work as a design assistant or do small theater. Don't give up. It takes time.

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