‘SNL’ Costume Designer Reveals How Maya Rudolph’s Kamala Harris Pantsuit Was Made So Quick

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris (left) and actress Maya Rudolph (right)

When a presidential election ends the identical night time Saturday Night time Reside is airing, you understand the episode goes to be good. And that’s simply what occurred on Saturday, Nov. 7, when Joe Biden and Kamala Harris had been projected to be the winners of the 2020 presidential election.

After a protracted, grueling election week, the working mates had been giving victory speeches by 8:30 p.m. EST on Nov. 7, which meant SNL solely had about three hours to get Jim Carrey and Maya Rudolph—who play Biden and Harris within the sketch sequence, respectively—in costume. And oh boy, did they nail it.

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris (left) and actress Maya Rudolph (proper) | Jim Watson/AFP through Getty Photographs/Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Picture Financial institution through Getty Photographs

‘SNL’ recreated Kamala Harris’ white pantsuit for Maya Rudolph in 85 minutes

The episode started with the “Biden Victory” chilly open, which featured Carrey in his basic Biden aviators and go well with and Rudolph in a white pantsuit and cream-colored pussy-bow shirt that was wildly much like Harris’ victory ensemble.

The web was blown away by the present’s fast turnaround, however SNL producer and costume designer Tom Broecker instructed POPSUGAR that the Emmy-winning sketch present is the one present that would ship like that. And unsurprisingly, he mentioned it was an enormous group effort between wardrobe supervisor Dale Richards and the remainder of the costume division.

“I had a member of my team working on each piece: the blouse, the jacket, and the pants,” Broecker instructed POPSUGAR. “My assistant started capturing screen grabs of everything [Harris] was wearing so we could get all the details right—the shoes, the jewelry, the hair, makeup, blouse, and the suit.”

In case you doubted how shortly the present can leap to motion, Broecker mentioned his group had a sport plan for Rudolph’s look prepared simply 30 minutes after the Vice President-elect took the stage in Delaware.

“By 9 p.m. we had pulled all the ‘research’ photos together and started looking through our stock to see if there was anything that could work,” he mentioned. “Every store in the city had been closed for hours. There was no way to shop this look anywhere, except in our back rooms.”

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‘SNL’ employed an unused costume to make Maya Rudolph’s Kamala Harris victory pantsuit

The producer additionally admitted he was equally impressed at how shortly and expertly they had been in a position to recreate the Carolina Herrera go well with, however he wasn’t shocked. And funnily sufficient, they ended up utilizing a go well with that was initially supposed for Cecily Robust to put on in a Melania Trump sketch. It was by no means used.

Right here’s the breakdown of how the go well with was made:

“A box of cream charmeuse fabric was found to make the blouse, and then a cream double-breasted suit was found that could be completely recut and altered to make the suit work. It would require an incredible amount of work to recut a double-breasted suit into a single-breasted suit, but I work with the most incredible tailors in the world. They put the jacket on Maya’s mannequin form in the office and went to work, just like in the movie Cinderella. Eighty minutes later, and four tailors exhausted, Maya did a fitting. It was perfect and she was ready to go to the stage. As she was leaving her dressing room, I realized she didn’t have her flag pin on her lapel. Her dresser went running into the wardrobe room to get her flag pin. I will say this: nowhere else in the world could this happen.”

“I believe fashion is always incredibly important in helping an actor play a character,” Broecker continued. “Whether that character be a real person or an ‘invented’ character, that actor must rely on costume to help them define their character . . . [it’s] an impossible task for any other place other than Saturday Night Live. We have the best people anywhere in the world.”

Broecker was positive to inform POPSUGAR his group had no earlier communication with Harris’ group, which in fact may have helped them have a go well with prepared lengthy earlier than the present went dwell.

“Even if we had a contact in Kamala’s camp,” he mentioned, “by the time they told us who designed it, the stores would be closed and it would be way too late to source it.”

It was simply that good outdated tv magic.

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