For Eduardo Castro, nominated for a costume design Emmy for “Once Upon A Time,” current designers such as Rodarte, John Galliano, Paco Rabanne and late designer Alexander McQueen cast a long, muse-worthy influence on his interpretation of the show’s modern take on fairy tales such as Snow White and Red Riding Hood.
The FIDM exhibit has 16 costumes from the show, from a gorgeous dark bamboo velvet overlay dress encrusted with Swarovski crystals worn by the Evil Queen, played by Lana Parrilla, to a white wedding gown with a fitted bodice and full skirt of feathers worn by Snow White, played by Ginnifer Goodwin. It took hours to make, with fabric imported from Paris.
“I wanted to keep in mind it’s very accessible to the public as a romantic fairy tale, not avant-garde,” said Castro. However, a new Snow White outfit he’s designing for an upcoming episode of the show’s second season, being filmed until April, will be more edgy, he said, and guided by the artistic, rebellious visions of McQueen.
So what is the real appeal of period costumes, with so many shows now set in the `60s, such as “Mad Men,” and earlier? Maybe he’s being humble, but Castro said it goes beyond style.
“It goes to the writing. `Downton Abbey’ is one of the most perfect costume shows done,” said Castro. “It echoes the writing.”