How Televangelists, Elvis Inspired Costumes for HBO’s ‘The Righteous Gemstones’

HBO’s new comedy series “The Righteous Gemstones,” about a famous family of televangelists whose dysfunction runs far deeper than its Christianity, seems to exist in its own time and place. Set in present-day Texas, the inspiration for the Gemstone family — played by John Goodman, series creator Danny McBride, Edi Patterson and Adam Devine — draws on multiple eras and examples from the televangelist world that includes the likes of Joel Osteen, Billy Graham and Jerry Falwell. And their suits.

“It was a bit of a domino effect,” says costume designer Sarah Trost, who worked with McBride on his previous HBO show,
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