The Undoing at all times leaves me craving greater than only one episode every Sunday — and never solely as a result of I desperately have to know who the hell killed Elena Alves. I rapidly grew to become entranced by Grace Fraser’s wardrobe, which predominantly options lavish winter coats so lengthy, they seem like stowing away deep, darkish secrets and techniques as she scurries throughout varied Higher East Facet crosswalks. (Should you watch the HBO collection, you know the way usually these crosswalk scurries occur.) We meet Grace, portrayed by Nicole Kidman, sporting one in all mentioned coats within the very first episode. As quickly as I laid eyes on the luxurious pink quantity, I wanted to know each final element in regards to the character’s enviable outerwear assortment, so I went straight to the supply and chatted with The Undoing‘s costume designer, Signe Sejlund.
“I wished her to have the ability to stroll round New York and stand out and mix in on the similar time.”
Primarily based in Copenhagen, Signe instructed me that her imaginative and prescient for Grace’s model was hinged on two considerably contradictory concepts. “I wished her to have the ability to stroll round New York and stand out and mix in on the similar time,” she mentioned, the latter of which is actually extra splendid for somebody entangled in a ugly homicide case like Grace is.
Signe determined to attribute Grace her distinct ’70s-inspired bohemian model as a result of it is one thing “fully new” for followers to see Nicole sporting on display. Contrasting Celeste Wright’s impartial ensembles on Massive Little Lies, Grace rotates by way of a handful of lush jewel-toned coats purposefully chosen to enhance her bouncy pink hair and honest pores and skin tone. The wealthy jewel tones are additionally meant to remind viewers of Grace’s disposition. “The colours are heat, and it tells you she’s a heat particular person in comparison with Franklin, [who wears] extra grays and blues, so [his wardrobe has a] colder tone to it,” the Danish costume designer defined, referencing Grace’s father.
Signe additionally gave a lot thought to the sweeping size of Grace’s coats earlier than hand-selecting every one. “While you do a present like this, it must be fairly cinematic. And I feel that is what you get from a coat that has such a quantity and such size,” she mentioned. Seeing as Nicole is kind of tall — 5’11”, to be actual — making these wardrobe moments really feel visually dramatic meant altering some items to be longer and sure, even designing Grace’s famed inexperienced coat from scratch herself.
Curious to study extra particulars about Grace’s coats on The Undoing, together with how a lot that inexperienced hooded quantity weighs? Learn forward for the within scoop on every one.