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Meet the Man Behind Gossip Girl's Closet

Meet the Man Behind Gossip Girl's Closet

Have you ever wondered who the lucky person is that gets to decide what the Gossip Girl gang gets to wear each week? It's costume stylist Eric Daman, who also once assisted Patricia Field on the set of Sex and the City. He recently stepped out from the background and chatted with WWD about his enviable job. Daman started out as a buyer at a boutique in Paris and went on to be an overnight model discovered by photographer Steven Meisel (his first modeling job was with Kate Moss). He eventually followed his dream of styling, and what he has done with Gossip Girl is a fashion phenomenon. The proof is in the pictures. Here are the highlights from his interview:

  • Eric on whether it’s more important for characters to look approachable or aspirational: It should be a little bit of both. I always make sure I mix some of the higher-end looks with something from a less expensive brand. I use stuff from Forever 21 and H&M all the time. You will always see someone wearing a $5,000 dress with a pair of Nine West shoes. That is how people dress today anyway.
  • So, do the actors have a say in how their characters dress? I’m not a fashion Nazi. Blake [Lively] and Leighton [Meester] love to give their input, but they understand that I am there to help them create and develop their characters.
  • Naturally, the Gossip Girls' individual styles have developed dramatically. It’s funny because they came into this as these fashion-naïve kids from LA who moved to New York in order to portray these true New Yorkers. They are like New Yorkers now — real, fashionable New Yorkers.

To hear more from Daman, and to see some wardrobe photos,

  • Eric's thoughts on doing his own apparel line? I’ve thought about this a lot, actually. I would want to do a mass line, like something for Kohl’s, Target, Charlotte Russe. Then I would like to do a higher-end, capsule collection for a store like Bendel’s or Barneys. Again, it’s all about accessible fashion and mixing it up.

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Source, Source, and Pacific Coast News Online

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semantictv semantictv 6 years
Does anyone know of therelationship btwn retailer and stylist when choosing clothes. Do they have a budget? And can they disclose what the cast will wear for each episode?
semantictv semantictv 6 years
Does anyone know of therelationship btwn retailer and stylist when choosing clothes. Do they have a budget? And can they disclose what the cast will wear for each episode?
sunsweet45 sunsweet45 7 years
I love leighton dress! that's fabulous!
hanako66 hanako66 7 years
please do an affordable line!!
brutalcupcake brutalcupcake 7 years
Fab!
brutalcupcake brutalcupcake 7 years
Fab!
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 7 years
They need to make a Gossip Girls Catalog. Seriously. Put out a catalog of all the wardrobe items worn through the season, with where we can get them. At least then we can remember how awesome they looked, then toddle off to buy the stuff we love.
coachluvr33 coachluvr33 7 years
I love love love the clothes in this show. Blake's outfits are to-die-for.
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 7 years
Kudos to him! I absolutely love the outfits in GG :)
mlen mlen 7 years
i agree rnicolew! a like blake's style in the show best- its more something i'd wear- but i love that blue dress leighton is wearing above- gorgeous!
Rnicolew Rnicolew 7 years
The clothes are the best Ive seen on a series, only 2nd to Sex... Leighton Meester is working that dress!!!
RosaDilia RosaDilia 7 years
He's doing a great job so far!
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