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)
And finally, an interview with the fashion lady herself! It's done
by the WB
and you can find the mirror interview here.
- 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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Name the worst fashion faux pas you've come across.
CB: Pants worn with dresses. What's the point?
What advice might you have for others who want to become costume
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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