Sunday, November 01, 2015


BATES MOTEL, the thrilling A&E series, it's an unlimited closet where we can find incredible fashion inspiration. Starring Freddy Highmore as young Norman Bates and actress Vera Farmiga as his beautiful mother, Norma, is set in the present day. But there are overtones of the classic dark style used in the famed 1960 Hitchcock thriller. Costume designer Monique Prudhomme (Juno, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) did a lot of research on film noir, the whole background of the black-and-white detective films to create a kind of timeless progression of Norma’s style, taken from the '30s, '40s, '50s and '60’s, a melting pot of all these periods. On the other side, the idea is that Norman is still dressed by his mother. He’s the all-American boy in his khakis, but there is always something very juvenile about him in the early episodes. He wants to be on his own, but he’s still a little boy. Second hand and thrift stores to find Norman's flannel, checked shirts, woolen sweaters, velvet trousers and dusty boots; vintage boutique to buy Norma's flowery dresses, small pattern shirts, pastel cardigans and trench coats.

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