June 13, 2012
Having watched the original Dallas series with her family when she was a child, Costume Designer Rachel Sage Kunin was more than up for the challenge to take on TNT’s highly anticipated revival of the series, which premieres this week.
“To be a part of bringing these iconic characters back is really a dream come true,” she says.
Kunin felt that it was important to examine the 20 years that have passed since 1991 when the final episode aired. TNT’s Dallas is a mix of new and familiar faces, with original series stars Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray reprising their roles as J.R., Bobby and Sue Ellen, respectively. According to Kunin, the costumes in TNT’s Dallas are a reflection of where the characters are today and how each has evolved over the last two decades.
Kunin maintained many of the foundational elements from the original series, such as traditional cowboy hats, while also modernizing them with lower crowns and shorter brims. She also used aged denim and Western chambray shirts while staying true to the high-end, classy, and sophisticated style of Dallas, Texas.
“The women of Dallas are so beautiful and so classic, I really wanted that to be highlighted. There is really an amazing, timeless quality to the characters.”
– Costume Designer, Rachel Sage Kunin