Actress Toni Collette as Dr. Ellen Sanders on "Hostages." Costume Design by Christopher Peterson. Photo credit: Nicole Rivelli ©2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc.


September 20, 2013

Premiering on Monday, September 23rd on CBS, “Hostages” is a suspenseful American drama series based on a similar Israeli series. Executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and written and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, the show features an all-star cast including Emmy Award winning actress Toni Collette, Golden Globe winner Dylan McDermott and SAG Award winner Tate Donovan.

The storyline is centered on Dr. Ellen Sanders (Collette), a highly skilled surgeon who is thrust into a political conspiracy when she and her family are taken hostage by rogue FBI Agent Duncan Carlisle (McDermott). Held captive in their home by Carlisle, (a desperate man doing the wrong thing for the right reasons), Dr. Sanders is ordered to assassinate the U.S. President during an operation she’s scheduled to perform on him. With her family’s life in peril, as well as tremendous national and personal consequences at risk, she faces an incomprehensible moral dilemma in order to save them.

It was important to Costume Designer Christopher Peterson that he established Collette’s character right from the start. Viewers are first introduced to Dr. Sanders when she is attending a press conference to announce that she will be operating on the President.

“Dr. Ellen Sanders is a smart, well-respected and prominent surgeon, a woman of taste, part of the upper-middle class, who is thrust into the public eye,” Peterson describes. “I wanted to make sure that her clothing and overall appearance was a true reflection of her character and the position that she is in.”

Although he pulled racks of clothing from which to choose, Peterson was particularly keen on a chic, twill gabardine Prada suit that he found at Bergdorf Goodman in New York. He felt that the blue suit was “not only stately, perfectly structured and tailored, but also showed off [Collette’s] beauty in a very specific way.” The just below-the-knee length sheath dress and jacket, which featured three quarter sleeves and a slight peplum, offered just the right amount of stylish-flare without being over the top.

When selecting accessories, Peterson went very minimal. “The bag was a particular conundrum because so many leather goods are statement pieces, and seasonal,” he says. “When you are developing a character and their closet, you really need to be on point trend-wise and for Dr. Sanders, this meant classic, professional and still in line with her socio-economic status.” He ended up selecting a taupe Lanvin bag in a style that would bridge many different situations, from work to everyday. For jewelry, Peterson went with a simple necklace and classic diamond stud earrings.

“If I had to define it,” says Peterson, this costume says, “I know who I am, as opposed to, ‘I want you to think I am this person’.”

Tune in to see the drama unfold on “Hostages” when it premieres Monday, September 23rd at 10/9 c on CBS.

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