“Glee” costume designer Lou Eyrich relishes the weekly challenge of dressing characters ranging from high-school jock to popular cheerleader to misfits such as aspiring star Rachel Berry (Lea Michele).
“The show really pushes me creatively and that’s what I truly like about it,” she tells Zap2it of the Tuesday hit FOX series.
A more conservative dresser who is almost always in dresses or skirts, Rachel has had a style evolution for the third season now that she is a senior.

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“When you are in high school, you are always trying to find yourself,” Eyrich says. “Her look this year is inspired by Marlo Thomas in ‘That Girl,’ that kind of fun, late-’60s look. We started out with ’60s mod and loosened the timeline to include a lot of ’50s and ’70s dresses. The first six episodes she was all vintage.”
As for shoes, this season Rachel is wearing ’60s-inspired low-heeled shoes instead of loafers and ballet flats.
“Prada and Ferragamo make 1-inch heels in matching colors to her dresses, including navy blue, blush and black,” Eyrich says. “But she still wears her signature knee-highs and tights to keep her youthful looking.”

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And when it comes to jewelry, Rachel wears only tiny necklaces.

“We have little necklaces made for her that say either ‘R’ or ‘F’ for Rachel or Finn,” Eyrich says. “We also had a little apple made because she is trying to get into a performing arts school in New York. She does also wear a little solitaire from Tiffany’s that her dads bought her.”
Here are some examples of how Eyrich achieves Rachel’s unique style:

“This outfit is from a costume house you rent from. It is a wrap dress from the early ’70s and it’s polyester.”
“The yellow dress is vintage 1970s and also rented. We chose it because
it’s just perfect for Rachel. It’s fitted and prim and proper but cute
and youthful. She wears a lot yellow and oranges to match her colorful
personality. I love that dress.”
rachel-berry-outfits-3.jpg“This dress was purchased from Unique Vintage, a retro store that redoes
vintage patterns. It was all black and we added the gold trim and belt.
Show choir always needs a color theme that matches to the song and in
this case the director wanted a Moulin Rouge-inspired black, red and
gold theme. She wanted the boys to have gold bowties and suspenders so
we took the girls’ black dresses and added the gold and the red
crinoline underneath.”
“This is another vintage dress from a costume house. Polka dots are
youthful and perky and peppy like she is and it’s got that vintage-y
“The last one is a caramel and black striped top from Zara paired with
an American apparel skirt that’s a little below the knee. It’s a little
Parisian-inspired. We’ve got about four of the skirt in different colors
that she has worn throughout the season.”

Eyrich says lately she’s gotten out of the vintage dresses and back to using designers Eva Franco, Nanette Lepore, Kate Spade, Juicy Couture and Trina Turk.

“They’re all kind of doing that ’60s ’70s look that we love — clean classic and simple,” she says.
Posted by:Monique Marcil