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On Our Radar: Designers Inspired by Grey Gardens

If you're going to watch HBO's Grey Gardens, look forward to seeing a bevy of beautiful (and kooky) costumes worn by Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange. For those of you who don't know, Grey Gardens follows the eccentric, isolated, and crazy lives of of "Big Edie" and "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale, aunt and first cousin to Jackie Onassis, played by Lange and Barrymore.


As for the costumes, they'll be dazzling since they mirror the Beales' unique sense of style. "You’re recreating iconic people. [The style] has been covered so many times and in so many different ways by designers,” said Grey Gardens costume designer, Catherine Marie Thomas, who also mentioned that many of the costumes were found at various vintage shops while others were virtual knock-offs from the original documentary. Such looks include a floral brown and yellow maillot worn by Drew Barrymore which is the same print as the original. “We were lucky that a fan of Grey Gardens had collected that bathing suit,” said Thomas. In fact, designers have been so inspired by this movie, they've created pieces replicating the Beales' one-of-a-kind style that spanned from the 1930s to the 1970s.

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