This is the wardrobe of ‘Little Birds’, the new Starzplay series

This is the wardrobe of ‘Little Birds’, the new Starzplay series

Which Lucy discover is a world in constant change, a country that trembles on the cusp of independence, populated by a large number of characters, including a provocative dominatrix, Cherifa Lamor (Yumna Marwan), who captures the imagination of Lucy in a particular way.

The series takes place in Tangier, Morocco.

We spoke with Jo Thompson, costume designer for the series, who gives us details of the clothes worn by the characters in this story, based on Anaïs Nin’s collection of erotic stories, and which is anything but a period drama about a naive abroad. However Little Birds is a modern story of a woman who begins by losing and then finds herself in a captivating world.

Your biggest inspirations to design the costumes, maybe a famous person?

Movies from the 50s. Little Birds two years ago, then I don’t remember very well, but I think I started to watch 50’s movies. I read Little BirdsI read a lot about homosexuality in the 50s, how much repression there was about it, it was a different world and men and women repressed themselves a lot on a sexual level. I investigated that world. I also found videos of people arriving by boat to Tangier from Spain and we also found material from Tangier in the 50s, of people who go down the street, go to cafes. We had many references to that.

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Juno Temple y Hugh Skinner protagonizan ‘Little Birds’.

Did you give yourself some freedom when creating the wardrobe or is everything very attached to the fashion of the time?

I did take liberties, although we did set some rules: if there is something from 1955, that’s fine, but anything outside of that year is not going to work. We create a certain language for each garment. There was a silhouette that I tried to use a lot and that is seen both in the clothes of the extras and in those of the protagonists. I wanted to create that feeling that once Lucy She left New York, she went to a completely different world, which was totally strange to her where she could grow as a person, as a woman and where she felt free to be herself.

Did you take the Tangier climate into account when creating the costumes?

Yes, I know Spain very well and I knew it was going to be very warm and sunny compared to England, but I didn’t realize when we arrived there was a hurricane !, so in the first scenes the dresses of the 50s of the ladies were raise. It was very difficult. On the other hand we had the light, it was so pure and clear and so blue. For me it is important to use colors that complement the landscape and the sky. We use natural colors, natural, sensual dyes.


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