May 3, 2013
Lauded for her big-blue-eyed comedic deadpan, dramatic acting roles and songstress skills, Zooey Deschanel continues to charm audiences as “adorkable” elementary school teacher Jess Day on FOX comedy “New Girl.” Currently in its second season, the series centers on Jess’ foibles as the lone female roommate of buds Schmidt (Max Greenfield), Nick (Jake Johnson) and Winston (Lamorne Morris).
Costume Designer Debra McGuire, who describes her design relationship with Deschanel as a “parallel play” collaboration, says Jess’ style has mildly transitioned from season one. “It’s slightly more body conscious, [with] necklines revealing cleavage rarely seen,” she says. “The quirkiness is still there but so is a sense of growing up and evolving…just like in real life. The English school girl will always be lurking beneath because this look reveals Jess’ true self.”
As the series, (which FOX recently renewed for a third season), moves forward, McGuire says she plans to integrate more original designs into Jess’ attire. “Next season I plan to design at least 75% of her wardrobe. This will allow me to control the palette and have more original, creative choices,” she says, noting that custom-made blouses, skirts, dresses and pajamas are currently in the works.
Preserving Jess’ fondness for quirk, McGuire says she had a particularly enjoyable time designing for recent season two episode, “Virgins.” The gang divulges their first sexual encounters in the episode, and Jess recounts details from her prom night.
“The prom flashback let me explore where she may have been creatively in high school, and a fairytale-like concoction emerged,” McGuire says of the ever-whimsical character. “Birds, butterflies and bows adorned layers and layers of pastel tulle, worn with her big glasses and pastel flats.”
Catch Jess and the boys on FOX Tuesdays at 9pm/8pm c.