Getting the clothes right in a book is as important as in a movie and writers and costume designers go to a lot of work to make sure they have it right.
Costume designer Van Broughton Ramsey won an Emmy Award for his work on Lonesome Dove. Ramsey did extensive research into the clothing of the period, and he made sure that the characters’ wardrobe matched their occupations and social standing. Ramsey collected cloth swatches and photocopies of period photos from books and articles. He even commissioned specially silkscreened bandanas for Gus and Call. Ramsey also compiled a notebook containing the shooting schedule, filming locations, and sizes of the principal cast members and extras. By using this information in conjunction with his research, Ramsey created these initial drawings which were used to produce the actual costumes.
Tomorrow I’ll be blogging about Lonesome Dove, the epic mini-series loved by western fans everywhere. Don’t miss it!