Magazine article Variety

Killer Costumes Characterize BBC America's 'Killing Eve'

Magazine article Variety

Killer Costumes Characterize BBC America's 'Killing Eve'

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JODIE comer's Villanelle astounded audiences with stunning designer clothing throughout Season 1 of BBC America's breakthrough spy series "Killing Eve." Who can forget the sight of her in that poofy pink Molly Goddard dress she wore to a therapy session, of all places? But the international assassin with a penchant for high fashion is on the run after being stabbed by Sandra Oh's MI5 security op Eve Polastri, and she's unable to maintain her luxurious style - at least temporarily - as Season 2 begins April 7.

"She is actually wearing the clothes that she got stabbed in by Eve, and as she slowly loses those things, she has to beg, borrow and steal things to wear," teases Season 2 costume designer Charlotte Mitchell. (Phoebe de Gaye was the show's first-season costume designer.)

Mitchell cleverly mines Villanelle's sad fashion situation for laughs. One of her most ludicrous get-ups is a superhero-themed pajama set she swipes from a young boy Mitchell had intentionally ill-fitting pajamas custom-made, using "a fantastic generic comic-book fabric" discovered by her assistant.

In desperate need of footwear, Villanelle reluctantly pairs the sleepwear with hideous clogs, also stolen. "We painted them a really disgusting pale green to give them more of a yucky edge, and then we stuck these stupid stickers on them just to make them pop and be even more incongruous," Mitchell says.

Once flush with cash again, Villanelle returns to her chic self, slipping into head-turning designer attire Mitchell sourced from the likes of Chloé, Alexander McQueen and Yves Saint Laurent. …

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