Who knew the 'burbs could be so chic? Thanks to costume designer Catherine Adair, "Desperate Housewives" Susan, Bree, Edie, Gabrielle and Lynette have had their share of fashion moments. As the second season premiere approaches on Sept. 25, WWD caught up with the creator of the 120 outfits per episode.
WWD: How has your job changed from season one to season two?
Catherine Adair: The passion for the world of Wisteria Lane is just as intense as it was before people knew the show. But now that they do, the anonymity with which we go about doing what we do has changed. A lot of the shops know me now. And we get a lot of solicitation. Sometimes it's overwhelming or sometimes wonderful. You discover a young man making T-shirts in his garage or something. If I go to a new resource, they want to know who the piece is for, what scene, and when they can see it on TV.
WWD: Do you ever veer from the script when designing?
C.A.: Often I find things based on the character, but not always the specific event. If I find a pair of gorgeous vintage earrings for Bree at a swap meet, I'll pick them up and they'll sit and wait quietly for the occasion.
WWD: What were your favorite fashion moments?
C.A.: Edie riding the mechanical bull in that fabulous pair of brown suede pants; Susan's white dress falling apart onstage during the fashion show; the pink cocktail dress Bree wore on a date.
WWD: What's the best part of your job?
C.A.: You get those amazing moments where the clothes have to do tricks, not just look amazing on a runway. They have to fall apart and come back together again, and that is part of the fun.
WWD: What was your biggest fashion emergency?
C.A.: For the episode where Susan and Mike go out for Valentine's Day, she spilled soy sauce down the front of her silver silk dress. The clothing gods must have been with us, because gobs of seltzer water worked. But she is holding her bag and scarf just so over some of the spots.
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