Hello friends! As one of the few Los Angeles natives at WERRRK, it only makes sense that I return home for Angelyne week. With someone as fabulous as THE Angelyne, some incredible costumes are bound to come up. Corvettes, Hollywood, spaceships, and lots and lots of pink! The new limited series starring Emmy Rossum is now available on Peacock, so I had to see these costumes. Let’s get into it.
Angelyne is a story about the famous Los Angeles icon of the same name, the Queen of billboards, and a potential alien. The limited series starring Emmy Rossum traces the mysterious life of Angelyne, ranging from the late seventies to recent years. Rossum undergoes an incredible transformation in becoming the Los Angeles icon, incorporating big blonde hair, many prosthetics, voice changes, a unique walk, and finding the character through costume design.
Costume designer Danny Glicker created the stunning costumes for this show. Glicker is an Oscar nominee who has designed costumes for various great films, such as Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Bad Times at the El Royale, Milk, and Up In The Air. This show wasn’t just about recreating the famous Angelyne looks; this show was about telling a story through the costumes. Rossum and Glicker were not creating a caricature; they portrayed a real person whom many people still love and adore even today! With that being said, Glicker’s main tools were color, textiles, silhouettes, and research.
This show was a hot pink dream! So much pink. In the show, Angelyne describes herself as a “Rorschach test in pink,” which… I couldn’t have said it better myself. While Angelyne doesn’t wear pink in every single scene, it’s pretty close. This choice was intentional by part of the costume designer because color is often used in finding the character and certainly put Emmy Rossum in the mindset of Angelyne.
Animal prints are back in style, but Angelyne has always transcended passed fashion trends. Rossum as Angelyne just slays in these animal prints, and now I am just itching to get some animal prints in my closet. Angelyne famously wore (and still does) a lot of cheetah print, usually matched with more pink. *chefs kiss*
Angelyne is such a marvel of Los Angeles popular culture; there is so much content to reference, whether it be her famous billboards, films such as Earth Girls Are Easy, or red carpet photos. Costume designer Glicker perfectly captured Angelyne’s favorite silhouettes. Looking at the legacy of Angelyne’s fashion, she often wears short-cut dresses and very open necklines. However, it was exciting seeing what Angelyne in the 70s would have worn as she performed in her boyfriend’s band, Baby Blue. The costume designer got to explore decades worth of Angelyne silhouettes, and that just sounds like the dream research project.
I loved this show, and dare I say; I sense an Emmy nomination in Danny Glicker’s future. The costumes for this show brought this beloved character to life. While the real Angelyne is very much still around, the audience gets a peek into the mystery that is Angelyne and falls in love all over again. Long live the billboard queen!