Now Apocalypse

Apr. 9th, 2019

By Anna Wyckoff

When designing a show as definitively about pushing boundaries as Now Apocalypse for Starz, Costume Designer Trayce Gigi Field found her greatest inspiration in contemporary culture. As the characters explore the world of twenty-something Angelenos, they are absorbed by hedonism and end of the world anxiety. Field explains, “I find my inspiration from real life. Everything that’s happening in the script is happening now in our world.”

Approaching the show’s gender fluidity with a free flowing creative vision, Field found conveying the lifestyle both exhilarating and enjoyable. She finds most twenty-year-olds are delving into their individuality and learning how to be comfortable in their skin. Expressing this liberation made for exciting design choices. Carly Carlson [Kelli Berglund] transforms from working in a restaurant to being a dominatrix. “Her character is an explosion of clothing and color and skin,” Field notes. “In all honesty I look at her and say, ‘I want to dress like that every day!”

Fields embraced the rest of the cast with just as much enthusiasm. Ulysses “Uly” Zane [Avan Jogia] is similarly an exploration of the shifting gender and sexuality of millennial life. “He’s got feathers and leather, but sometimes he’s just in some cotton shorts. But, they might be in a leopard print.” Clothing the conspicuously sexy and clueless Ford Halstead [Beau Mirchoff] meant giving him a look that would turn heads, while still depicting him as something of an innocent. “He’s so sweet and straight and he looks like an Abercrombie model, but he doesn’t understand why he pushes the envelope without even realizing that he does.”

Fields credits the vision and creativity of director Greg Araki for the freedom to express such dynamic characters. “He lets an artist be an artist,” she says. “He told me, ‘Have at it. Show me what you got.” From a creative person’s standpoint I get to create whatever I feel this person may use their clothing as a way of expression, and Greg is on board with that. For me, it’s a dream job.”

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