April 12, 2017

Anna Wyckoff

When creating the look for lead character Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) in the IFC comedy Brockmire, Costume Designer Tiffany White Stanton felt it necessary to demonstrate both his public and private persona. The character, a baseball sports announcer, inspired her to consider hallmarks of announcers from the past—whose loud, plaid jackets complemented their booming, over-the-top voices. Away from the stadium, Brockmire is rebuilding his life after a humiliating public meltdown and ten years of traveling abroad. “He’ll wear something he got in Guatemala or a Filipino wedding shirt,” Stanton explains, “things that add a little bit of flavor from where he’s been. He is a peacock in the sense that he cares about what he’s wearing, but he just doesn’t have any fashion sense.”

Jules (Amanda Peet) presented another challenge. As the owner of the Frackers, a minor league baseball team in a small town, she struggles with getting attention for her team and being a woman in a male-dominated sport. “I made sure that she looked both pretty and tough. What she wears is very simple, classic, and sort of gritty, but with a feminine silhouette.”

The series is filled with characters in the fullest sense of that word, which made it all the more fun collaborating with show creator Joel Church-Cooper and director Tim Kirkby. There’s something a bit off about the Coach Pom Pom (Steve Coulter), which Stanton knew just how to handle. “I did a surprise fitting and put him in women’s underwear.” British-born director Kirkby’s reaction? “He looked at me and said, ‘Oh, you dirty bird,’ but we kept it.”

Having the opportunity to design a show filled with such diverse and distinctive personalities is a challenge, but Stanton is pleased with the results. “You really do get to love these characters and see the world through their eyes. I think a lot of people will relate to that.”

Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10 pm ET on IFC.

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