July 12, 2013
FX’s “The Bridge” is a drama series by Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid. The show stars Demián Bichir as Marco Ruiz, a homicide detective for the Mexican state of Chihuahua; and Diane Kruger, who plays Detective Sonya Cross, a member of the El Paso police department. The series, based on the Danish/Swedish TV series of the same name, is about two detectives and their search for a serial killer that operates on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Kruger’s character, Sonya, who U.S. News describes as “a rule follower to a fault,” has Asperger syndrome and according to Costume Designer Anna Terrazas is a “very uniform person and does the same routine every day.” As such, Sonya doesn’t have a real sense of style. One piece that will potentially stand out to viewers, however, is a vintage leather jacket that Sonya wears all the time. Viewers eventually come to find out that the jacket once belonged to Sonya’s sister.
“[The jacket] doesn’t make sense for what she does as a detective or who she is, but the whole idea is that it has sentimental value and is worn in memory of her sister,” says Terrazas.
Terrazas says it took a very long time to find the right jacket, but eventually they came across the staple piece in a vintage store in Los Angeles. Terrazas and her team worked to age and distress the leather so that it would appear to be as old and special as the story intended.
“I like to work in teams, everything is very collaborative,” says Terrazas, adding that each team member was allowed to give suggestions for the jacket or add their own personal touch. For example, she says, they painted a horse onto the back of the jacket because Sonya’s sister had a love for horses. The jacket also has hidden studs on the back under the collar and inside the jacket, as well as two “piercings,” which were popular in the 90s – one for Sonya and one for her sister.
“The studs and hidden details are more for Diane than they are for the audience,” she says. “They make the character and story more real.”
“The Bridge” airs on FX Wednesdays at 10pm.