Category: veep style

wecouldstillbegreat: Bonus cap: I love seeing…

wecouldstillbegreat:

Bonus cap: I love seeing them in profile, especially in formal wear. And even with heels, she’s still a lot shorter than him.

Couple of comments. Blue really is Amy’s “I feel pretty” colour – she defaults to it for formal/semi-formal events, and no wonder, she looks smashing. She’s still quite covered up though, especially compared to the purple dress in 1.01.

Interestingly enough, the shape of this dress DOESN’T match Selina’s completely, though it shares the basic pencil-skirt, but the texture of the material does (it’s not silk, I don’t think, but something in the silk-family).

It’s an interesting contrast to Catherine. Amy’s dress covers her up, but is extremely form-fitting – Catherine’s dressed in loose, shapeless garments, but between the mini-skirt and the semi-translucent blouse she ends up showing a lot more skin.

This is also the episode where they imply a slight sense of competition, at least on Catherine’s side, with Amy being the “good” daughter, who never bothers Selina with her own needs and knows how to operate as the perfect political accessory – right down to how she dresses.

I do wonder if they’ll do anything with that angle in the final season – Catherine’s easily narcissistic enough to be upset that Dan could impregnate Amy but not her.

(Note, Dan and Amy are not connected via costume in this episode – but in the scenes where they discuss strategy with Selina, his black suit matches her black dress perfectly…which fits when they kind of gang up on Amy. I should say, Dan’s idea about the dog was a genuinely good one).

wecouldstillbegreat: We can trap and truss hi…

wecouldstillbegreat:

We can trap and truss him, right, Ames?

Remember I commented about colour only re-entering Dan’s storyline in season 4 when Amy does?

All his scenes in the lobbying firm (KPM?) are drained and colourless, everyone dress in black or grey or white, and the environment full of black couches and steel finishings – there are reflections everywhere. (I seem to remember that the lighting or something in these scenes also makes Reid Scott look even paler than he already is – like he’s being drained somehow).

And then Amy comes to work with him, gets her groove back, and comes in wearing an electric blue skirt. As much as Dan may have been momentarily boggled by Amy taking his desk and parking space, I think this makes it clear that Amy joining him made him much, much happier – she brings him back to life, in a way, and bringing colour back into his environment illustrates that.

is it my eyes or amy's dress matches Dan&…

is it my eyes or amy's dress matches Dan's tie in the last creencap? i love how amy looks this ep, she looks soooo great! and her lip gloss makes her look even more like a doll!!!

Nope, it’s not just you. It’s a trick the costume designer uses pretty regularly to tie Dan and Amy together colour-wise – though, from memory, I think it shows up more in the later seasons when they’re closer. Menswear doesn’t offer many other opportunities for colour, and Amy doesn’t have the kind of build that would be flattered by more androgynous clothing, that mimicked the shape of Dan’s suits. She’s what used to be called a ‘pocket Venus’ (a beautiful phrase for someone short and hour-glass), which can be tricky to dress (I say this as a short, curvy woman myself).

The purple dress is kind of interesting though, because I don’t think we’ve seen Amy wear a neckline that low ever again in the show. Combined with the pink lipstick and the purple dress, she looks a lot more girlish – and more to the point, younger – than she does later on in the season, and it’s not a coincidence that it’s in the scene where we get the first hint of her past with Dan. Making her look as cute and feminine and doll-like as possible really underlines her vulnerability.

Which is presumably why Amy’s reaction to having to be in prolonged close quarters with Dan is to start wearing the most colourless, shapeless suits she can find. The pinks and blues and purples of the first episode disappear for quite some time.

In fact, I don’t think we see Amy wearing a real, saturated colour again until the red blouse she wears the morning after her date with Ed. (There’s the blue dress in 2.04, but I think that’s it).

It’s an interesting contrast with Selina in that I’d be willing to bet Selina ENJOYS fashion a lot more than Amy does – she takes pride in her beauty and likes to show it off – but Amy’s clothing choices are far more reflective of her mental state.

In other words, if in behind the scenes pics of season 7 we see Amy in red or pink, it’s probably a safe bet that SOMETHING is afoot romantically.

is it my eyes or amy's dress matches Dan&…

is it my eyes or amy's dress matches Dan's tie in the last creencap? i love how amy looks this ep, she looks soooo great! and her lip gloss makes her look even more like a doll!!!

Nope, it’s not just you. It’s a trick the costume designer uses pretty regularly to tie Dan and Amy together colour-wise – though, from memory, I think it shows up more in the later seasons when they’re closer. Menswear doesn’t offer many other opportunities for colour, and Amy doesn’t have the kind of build that would be flattered by more androgynous clothing, that mimicked the shape of Dan’s suits. She’s what used to be called a ‘pocket Venus’ (a beautiful phrase for someone short and hour-glass), which can be tricky to dress (I say this as a short, curvy woman myself).

The purple dress is kind of interesting though, because I don’t think we’ve seen Amy wear a neckline that low ever again in the show. Combined with the pink lipstick and the purple dress, she looks a lot more girlish – and more to the point, younger – than she does later on in the season, and it’s not a coincidence that it’s in the scene where we get the first hint of her past with Dan. Making her look as cute and feminine and doll-like as possible really underlines her vulnerability.

Which is presumably why Amy’s reaction to having to be in prolonged close quarters with Dan is to start wearing the most colourless, shapeless suits she can find. The pinks and blues and purples of the first episode disappear for quite some time.

In fact, I don’t think we see Amy wearing a real, saturated colour again until the red blouse she wears the morning after her date with Ed. (There’s the blue dress in 2.04, but I think that’s it).

It’s an interesting contrast with Selina in that I’d be willing to bet Selina ENJOYS fashion a lot more than Amy does – she takes pride in her beauty and likes to show it off – but Amy’s clothing choices are far more reflective of her mental state.

In other words, if in behind the scenes pics of season 7 we see Amy in red or pink, it’s probably a safe bet that SOMETHING is afoot romantically.

wecouldstillbegreat: Hi, I’m Dan Egan. I’m Di…

wecouldstillbegreat:

Hi, I’m Dan Egan. I’m Director of Communications for Senator Hallowes. Currently.

Notice how Dan’s tie matches Selina’s dress – he’s more aligned with her costume wise than Amy is. Also, Dan and Amy are in red and blue in this scene, as they are later in the episode, which I hadn’t realised before.

just wanted to talk to you about a small costu…

just wanted to talk to you about a small costuming detail to see what you think of it, have you seen amy's jewlery? i've noticed one of her most recurrent pieces is a gold necklace with a little heart pendant,def very cute, also i think she wears it for the first time when she complains about richard to dan and he gets rid of him for her,just i thougth it was cute.

I think it’s cute too, but I wouldn’t read too much into it when it comes to Dan.  I think the show chooses Amy’s jewellery pretty carefully, but I suspect that has more to do with drawing a distinction between her and Selina than anything else. 

As a general rule, the distinction can be summed up as – Selina wants to be noticed, and Amy mostly doesn’t (with very occasional exceptions – mostly, but not only, involving Dan), and their costuming reflects that.  Right down to details like jewellery.

Because look at Selina:

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She wears a lot of gold.  And not only that, but the jewellery itself tends to be large, and as a result, very eye-catching (she seems especially fond of the large chain piece).  Note, it’s probably not great in terms of image for Selina to be constantly dripping with gold – she’s a member of the elite, and looks it – but I suspect she’s too narcissistic to make any changes.  (I have a suspicion her jewellery gets flashier as the show goes on, reflecting her increased power).

Whereas, Amy tends to favour jewellery that is, shall we say, discreet.

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She seems to rotate through a number of similar pieces – a chain with a small heart or ball or star-shaped pendant.  (And you’re right – she is wearing the heart in that exchange with Dan… make of that what you will).  Also, look how small her earrings are.  The most eye-catching item of jewellery Amy owns is her watch – which, incidentally, is the only item that is functional as well as decorative.

The one exception to this seems to be season 1, where Amy is trying to dress in as conservative manner as possible.  How do I know?

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Pearls.

A pearl necklace and a flag pin, on a skirt suit.  It’s as close to traditional power-dressing as you can get.  Remember the scene in Hidden Figures when Katharine Johnson was told a pearl necklace was acceptable jewellery?  That film is set fifty years before Veep, which should give you an idea of how conservatively Amy is dressing here.  I found an interview with the costume designer where he specifically says he “tries to dress her older than she is” – that may not apply in season 6, but it is definitely a factor in the first season.  Amy being ludicrously young to be chief of staff, and having to deal with her obnoxious ex, is a big factor in that I think.  She’s semi-consciously trying to look less girlish – partly so she’ll look more fit for her post, and partly to draw a professional line between herself an Dan.  I’m not sure how well it works.

Notice how Selina is also wearing a skirt suit and pearls, but her suit is colourful and form-fitting – and so are her pearls.  With Amy and Selina you get two women who dress from a very similar template, and yet wind up looking extremely different.  For which, see here: 

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For all they look different, Amy and Selina’s dresses here are cut to an almost identical pattern.  (With, I just noticed, a similar colour-combination as in season 1 – grey and a kind of maroon.  I wonder if that’s repeated elsewhere).  Selina’s dress is textured and in a strongly contrasting colour – whereas Amy’s, in dull-grey, is an actual match for menswear (in fact, Dan’s tie in this episode matches her dress exactly, illustrating their connection).  Selina wears a heavy gold bracelet – and Amy wears a shiny watch.  

In other words, when you take away the surface differences, these women are the same… and the costuming is telling you that, long before Selina runs into Amy’s arms.  

The only other woman in that scene dressed the same way is Karen (Sue and Catherine are dressed very similarly, which I think is a way of ‘backgrounding’ them), and look how inadequate she is – her dress is an inferior version of Amy’s, she has no jewellery on her wrists… and unlike all the other women, her hair is pinned up.  She’s no substitute for the real thing, and at long last Selina realises it.

Remember I said blue was Amy’s “I feel pretty”…

Remember I said blue was Amy’s “I feel pretty” colour?  Case in point up above.  Also note the way the shape – high-necked and sleeveless – echoes Selina’s, even though the dresses are really not that similar.

Which might be why Selina is giving her the most “proud parent” look imaginable – if she ever gave Catherine that much approval she’d probably die of shock.

(It appears Dan changed not only his tie, but his entire suit, before the dinner – the logistics of all of this fascinate me.  Do they have lockers in the office or something?)

juliaslouisdreyfus: Dan + Amy in every episod…

juliaslouisdreyfus:

Dan + Amy in every episode

4.07 – Mommy Meyer

Two points.

1. I am ninety percent sure that that is the same blue dress Amy wore in London when she torpedoed Dan as campaign manager. It’s…interesting that it shows up again here, in a scene that is explicitly about the two of them as a team.

2. So, Dan sets up meetings for the two of them by default, whereas Amy has independent breakfast meetings.

Who’s the ruthless backstabber here?

This gives me a chance to share my headcanon f…

This gives me a chance to share my headcanon for “that night.”

Back when I did the style post, I couldn’t quite work out why the black dress showed up twice – before Amy’s ‘not-a-date’ with Dan and the morning after they slept together.

But I think I’ve worked it out now.

For all that we may never know precisely what happened, there are two pieces of evidence that tell us a lot.

1. When Amy introduces the subject with Dan in 6.10 she starts with “Do you remember…” (which will always be hilarious to me – if Dan was so drunk he forgot about the sex entirely, he probably would have been too drunk to HAVE sex in the first place – in other words, forgetting it seems pretty damn unlikely). But what that little circumlocution tells us is that they hadn’t talked about it. At all. Meaning that Amy most likely left for her meeting before Dan was even awake – if he’d been awake they wouldn’t have been able to avoid at least some discussion of “where do we go from here” even if it made both of them uncomfortable.

2. And the dress fills us in on where they were. Amy changes before her ‘not-a-date’ with Dan, and it seems a reasonable assumption to me that she left the dress in her desk drawer or something. Because the next time we see her wearing it is the morning after – meaning she came into work and put on her emergency dress. This tells us that they went to Dan’s place – because why would Amy have to re-use a dress if she was in her own apartment and had access to her full wardrobe?

3. On a side note…Amy seems remarkably UN-hungover the morning after, if her demeanour is anything to go by. Did Dan force her to eat at some point or something?

4. Given what a DICK Dan can be, I can’t blame Amy in the least for running like hell the moment she woke up – I cannot imagine a more vulnerable moment for her, and past experience would indicate that he was likely to treat her horribly. I would be intrigued to know who broke THAT silence, because I’m sure they’d had some contact between that night and Amy coming to BKD. Though, if I’m right and Dan went to the drinks with Ben the next evening hoping to run into Amy again (and exploded in frustration in the cab partly because she didn’t show up), it seems a safe assumption that HE was the one to get back in touch.

I’ve talked about this dress of Amy&rsqu…

I’ve talked about this dress of Amy’s before, but to repeat myself…

Notice how the red in her dress calls back to Selina’s coral dress and the pink of the walls. Not only that, but everyone except Sue and Mike has a flash of red in their costume. It centres Amy and Selina as the focal points of the scene – everyone else is reacting TO them. (If I remember rightly, in Dan’s scenes at the lobbying firm everyone is dressed in black and grey, demonstrating how miserable he is. Colour doesn’t re-enter his storyline until Amy does).

With one exception. We can’t see it here, but Karen is dressed entirely in black – whereas Amy’s black is shot through with Selina’s red and pink. In other words, the clothes are telling us who Selina’s REAL lieutenant is, the person who has a genuine connection with her, and it’s not Karen. (It may not have been romantic, but Amy and Selina’s story in season 4 absolutely was a love story – and it makes me sad that it’s been so comprehensively trashed by season 6).

Amy really doesn’t wear patterns often, especially not large, abstract patterns like this one, and when she does, it tends to be a sign of…conflicting emotions. See the leopard print(ish) dress she wears for her date with Dan in 6.05, the patterned blouses she wears with Dan and Buddy, and the (gorgeous) black and green wrap dress she wore for her anniversary dinner with Ed (a dinner which, I think we can safely say, signalled the end of that relationship).