While in L.A. for the Captain America Civil War Press Trip, we had a chance to visit with the very talented costume designer Peggy Schnitzer as well as Rose Rollins who plays Valerie Anderson on The Catch. We learned a lot about costume design, the set, and the brilliance that goes into putting together a show like this. There are so many talented people both on screen and off.
This thriller from the minds of Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers features Mirelle Enos as Alice Vaughan, a strong and successful private investigator. Things take a turn when Alice is expertly conned by her fiance, who disappears with millions. While juggling her other cases, Alice plays a dangerous game of cat and mouse, determined to find her evasive fiance before he destroys everything she has worked for. Rhimes and Beers also serve as executive producers alongside Allan Heinberg and Julie Anne Robinson.
The Catch had me intrigued from the first time I saw the sneak peek. Once I saw the pilot, I was hooked. I’m a huge fan of shows like Scandal and Revenge, so I knew this would be right up my alley. And it didn’t disappoint. I count down the days between Thursdays each week!
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We asked costume designer Peggy Schnitzer how she comes up with the look for each character.
Well I think at first, I wanted her to be sleek, she has an amazing body. Strong but feminine. I’m very lucky because in a lot of shows they don’t let you use a lot of black clothes. And here they do. When we go out to the set you’ll see. Their office, their business AVI is all glass and white. So it’s great to have darker shapes and people going through so you can see them. We can’t do a lot of lights and beiges. We do the occasional white dress but then surround it. It depends on what everyone else is wearing. But usually I try and do it around what Mireille and Rose are wearing, everyone else around them. Because it’s usually focusing on them in that environment.
Rose jumped in here to let us know she wasn’t aware of this. I am pretty sure Rose was learning about wardrobe with us!!
I think for each character I just sort of look at them and from the written word from what Allan has written about the character, I sort of follow suit. I decide really how he’s written that character, what she is to him, and go from there, coupled with what she looks like and her input too. I mean, there’s plenty of times she’s like “uh-uh I don’t like that.”
Rose let us know that is rare, but it does happen.
During these questions/answers we were walking through the wardrobe department looking at all of the amazing outfits. We also checked out accessories like purses, jewelry, and shoes. OH the shoes!!! They were fantastic.
Do you keep the outfits for other shows?
We do keep them, they’re documented. Usually this stuff stays in teh 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, we even have a new winter collection all made with alpaca, so it is amazing the style you can get.. It’s not finished, it hasn’t been shot and these are all the fittings I have to get done in the next couple of days, so we bring them in here.
Peggy explained to us how they use a book of costume design for each and every episode. This is how they keep track of every detail for each character. When I say detailed, I mean it. For example, the book will tell you which hand a bracelet was on or how many buttons are buttoned on a shirt.
I never thought about how difficult it must be to do a “flashback” scene until this interview. Detailing every article of clothing and how it was worn really is very important. Rose took a look through the book too, as this was new to her as well.
The infamous wedding dress was on display and we had to snag a photo. It is gorgeous. We found out that Peggy designed it herself. “I got thirties wedding dresses as inspiration, and found the fabric then my tailor Carlos Zapeda stitched it out.”
Next we made our way to the set of The Catch. First stop, Alice Vaughan’s apartment.
Everything is so meticulous on set. It really feels like a lived in home. Decor and books throughout. The balcony looked so real I had to go out and take a closer look to be sure that was a fake backdrop and not the beautiful city! Such talent are put into these set designs.
We got a great shot of Rose behind her desk at AVI. I just love the detail put into the set. From working computers down to sticky notes with actual notes scribbled on them. What a great learning experience!
Don’t miss tonight’s episode titled “The Benefactor”. Here is a sneak peek:
Disclosure: I was provided with a press trip to LA. All opinions are 100% my own!