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‘Gotham’ Costume Designer Lisa Padovani Creates Villainy with Style

19 August 2015 9:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In the world of “Gotham,” time moves a little differently. “It’s yesterday, it’s today, and it’s tomorrow all at the same time,” creator Bruno Heller has said of the Fox drama’s gothic setting — and that aesthetic is evident from the city’s architecture all the way down to the inhabitants’ clothing, allowing Emmy-nominated costume designer Lisa Padovani to create a style that’s unique to the series.

“Even though it’s not a period piece, per se, it’s a concept piece, so everything is very particular,” Padovani says, admitting she tries to produce the majority of the show’s costumes inhouse, especially for characters like Jada Pinkett Smith’s villainous Fish Mooney, whose wardrobe is as integral to her character as her killer instinct. “It’s a problem for costume designers in TV because you’re at the mercy of whatever’s going on in fashion. »

- Laura Prudom

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Contemporary Costumes from ‘Mindy Project,’ ‘Gotham’ Feted by Fidm, TV Academy

19 July 2015 2:23 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The breadth of costumes displayed from 24 popular television shows at the Television Academy and Fidm’s ninth annual “Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design” exhibition launch on Saturday seemed to visibly depict exactly why a crucial change to the 2015 Emmy costume categories — grouping work by period rather than show format — was implemented.

“There were always two categories; we just shifted from genre to costume type,” said the Television Academy’s Costume Design & Supervision Peer Group governor Sue Bub of the new groupings, which will recognize outstanding costumes in “period/fantasy” and “contemporary” categories, rather than under “series” and “miniseries/movie” umbrellas. Instituted so as to give contemporary shows “a more balanced opportunity and playing field” in an arena populated by a growing number of period pieces, Bub was happily able to decree, “There will be at least one contemporary show that will win an Emmy this year.”

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