The roses are the same for all contestants — perfect, red, just starting to bud. But the glamour is tailor-made for each woman on ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” Mondays.
Costumer Cary Fetman outfits all of the women and works with them to ensure they are comfortable and the image presented on the show is true to them.
“Each one is so different because each one brings their own personality and their own what-they-want-to-look-like,” Fetman tells Zap2it. “It is never so much about me as much as how they envision themselves.”
This season’s bachelorette, Andi Dorfman, who had the presence of mind to reject Juan Pablo, came to the series with definitive ideas about clothes.
“Andi’s look throughout the whole season is much more tailored,” he continues. “There is a ton of beaded and sequined and sexy dresses. Her look was basically black, white and gray.”
Though the show’s famous for elaborate gowns, Dorfman also wears plenty of everyday outfits.
“The clothes throughout the season set out the things that are reachable and everybody can own it,” Fetman says. “I don’t go so crazy. The gowns are much more fantasy. The clothes are things people can afford and be able to go out and buy pieces.”
He shopped stores at all different price points, from the high end of Neiman Marcus and Barneys to Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom, J. Crew, Shopbop.com and H&M.
The mint top is A.L.C., the black jeans with Lycra are Articles of Society.
“When you put it with a sexy jean and a high-heeled little booty,” this outfit comes together, Fetman says. “The only thing that makes that booty special is the gold tip on the back. Against her coloring, the mint green was a great color for her. You never know with colors. Until you try something, you don’t know.”
The Val Stefani gown, used for the show’s publicity shots, was Dorfman’s favorite, Fetman says. “I kept saying, ‘Let’s save this for the opening night,’ and she insisted that a photo shoot will last forever,” he says. The Badgley Mischka shoes are nude pumps.
Dorfman, whose day job is as an ADA in Fulton County, Ga., looks quite natural in the Theory pencil skirt, Helmut Lang blazer with the pale gray cowl blouse, and Kate Spade pumps. Still, Fetman says Dorfman wasn’t keen to wear the suit because it is how she usually dresses.
The Basler gown is the essence of a romantic, beautifully beaded formal. The color varies from beige to a soft pink on the lower half. “The beading is silver gray and black and on the bottom, those semiround beads are all done in a soft gold,” Fetman says. “And this was just a gown that was beautiful. We all loved the gown. It was easy and fabulous.”