Behind the Scenes of Wardrobe on ABC’s The Catch
The Catch is the newest addition to ABC’s TGIT line up. I’m already a huge fan of TGIT so there was never a doubt in my mind I would be turning in for the new show. My invite to the #CaptainAmericaEvent included a chance to visit portions of the set and go behind the scenes of the wardrobe for the show, so I had to make sure I was caught up with all things with the show.
We had a late start to our morning the day we visited the set, we packed into the vans and headed to Sunset Bronson Studios to meet Costume Designer Peggy Schnitzer. I wanted to learn about the amazing fashions I’d seen on the show so far, and Peggy was happy to share some of the secrets of wardrobe with us.
Peggy shared that for each episode they keeps a binder with the entire wardrobe the cast wore for that specific episode. They document everything from how they wore their hair, accessories, clothing, shoes, whether the garments were tucked or not, and even what hand watches and rings are worn. They don’t miss any details because if they need to reshoot a scene in the future they need to make sure it aligns with the previous version. These are books are filled with photographs and a written description of each photo in the boy. They have to do this for every character that appears in that episode, even some of the extras.
These were some of the pieces for episodes that already aired on television, and if you’ve been watching the show you may have seen some of the pieces. Including the Brown Ralph Lauren Leather Jacket worn by Alice, and the black and white dress she wore when she went to Ben’s car in the garage with the crowbar. Each character have their own style according to Peggy.
Margot pretty much wears very sculpted body conscious, she’s a little more playful but still professional. I’ve really tried to make it so it’s feminine but professional not too power suit-y for her. There’s still a very feminine edge to it. Rose wears a lot of sheers. Peter pretty much wears a uniform. Dark suits mostly white shirts, which were all made for him, you can see his little initials in there, or dark shirts.
Listening to Peggy talk about the wardrobe and clothing, you could tell that she really enjoys her job. We wanted to know if she ever drops any ‘Easter Eggs’ into the show based on clothing or colors the characters wear.
I don’t do that, but I do try and match up little bits and pieces, I just actually saw an episode today, because I’m being interviewed about it, that’s upcoming, but I try and pair off pieces- little bits of color that match people. So it all ties in together.
The clothes used in the show reminds you of nineteen fifties fashions, so we wanted to know if that was part of the inspiration Peggy used when picking fashions for the show.
Yes I do because if I were to do today modern, it’s a lot boxier what’s out now. My aesthetic by choice is very sixties early seventies, that very sleek look because for their bodies I think it looks really well. The first pilot that we did was even older, it was a more nineteen forties thing and then they changed, they rewrote the pilot, you guys know the story right, we shot one pilot and then we shot another pilot. And this was a lot poppier, a lot more fun, a lot more sixties.
We asked Peggy about other sources of inspiration for what she chooses for the show. You’d be surprised that you could be the inspiration behind an outfit on the show.
A lot of times I look at magazines, I look at newspapers, I look at people on the street, and just get inspiration that way. And I look at other TV shows to just see what people are doing, which I didn’t want to do the same thing.
We were wondering with all the clothes that was sitting in the wardrobe area we visited, and the clothing trucks they use to take clothes to filming locations, if they ever used any of the clothing on different shows.
We don’t we keep them, they’re documented, usually this stuff stays in the truck and because we have a lot of day players coming in and different scenes, we take those clothes out. But the principle stuff usually stays in there. All of this stuff is stuff we’re fitting, it’s not finished, it hasn’t been shot and it’s just- these are all the fittings I have to get done in the next couple days, so we bring them in here.
We also asked Peggy about the colors she uses for this show, since some of it seems to be darker colors than you usually see on television. She shared that she feels lucky since most shows don’t let you know a lot of darker colors, but since the AVI offices is all glass and white. It helps to have darker shades going through so you can see the people better. We spent about ten minutes and it was simply stunning. I wish I could share all the great photographs with you.
A major highlight of this visit was learning about the ‘Wedding Dress’ that Alice was supposed to wear in the show. It was simply elegant and classic. It was truly a timeless piece and learning about it’s origins made it even more remarkable in my opinion.
This is the wedding dress I made, I designed it. I was like I have to just do it once I got thirties wedding dresses as inspiration that, very basic cut. And then Carlos who you’ll meet out there, we bought the fabric, and we stitched it out – Peggy Schnitzer
The Catch airs Thursdays at 10 PM EDT on ABC, be sure to tune in tonight for the newest episode titled “The Benefactor”, check out a preview clip below.
About The Benefactor Episode
The AVI team takes on a new client, a female captain in the army, who is being harassed by her colleagues. Meanwhile, Alice makes a play on Ben that could put her in some very serious danger, and both Ben and Margot are shocked when an old friend comes to town.
About The Catch:
Alice Vaughan (Mireille Enos) is LA’s top private investigator — and the one woman you don’t want to mess with. But when her fiancé, Benjamin Jones (Peter Krause), cons her out of millions and disappears, Alice goes on a private mission for payback. No matter where it leads or the secrets she must keep along the way, Alice will stop at nothing to catch her man.
Anderson/Vaughan Investigations is one of the leading private investigation and security firms in the country and was built from the ground up by Alice and her best friend and business partner, Valerie Anderson (Rose Rollins). Their elite team of private investigators includes associates Danny Yoon (Jay Hayden), whose mischievous and irreverent nature allows them to break the law when necessary to solve a case, and their newest member, Sophie Novak (Elvy Yost), who serves as their in-house counsel and brilliant hacker.
While their firm continues to investigate some of the most elaborate crimes around the world, Alice is on a personal mission to beat her former fiancé at his own game. However, she is not the only one chasing Ben. FBI Agent Jules Dao (Jacky Ido) has been following his criminal activity across Europe and now is closer than ever to capturing him. Agent Dao hopes to elicit Alice’s help in taking Ben and his team down. Meanwhile, the elusive Ben has slipped back into the dangerous and sexy world of international crime. Alongside his long-time partners, mastermind Margot Bishop (Sonya Walker) and Reggie Lennox (Alimi Ballard), they stealthily move from con to con, targeting only high-end jobs with multi-million dollar payouts. With stakes this high, you can’t make one misstep; but Ben does exactly that when this world-class conman gets too close to his mark, Alice. Undeniably drawn to one another, both Alice and Ben are playing with fire, and as Alice continues to hunt him down, it quickly becomes an intoxicating game of cat and mouse.
Disclosure: I attended an all expenses paid trip courtest of ABC Television and Disney for the Captain American Event and ABCTVEvent. Any opinions expressed are my own. Original images provided by ABC Television and LoveBugs and Postcards.