Costume Designer Donna Zakowska earned her fifth consecutive Emmy bid for Outstanding Period Costumes this year for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which in its fifth and final season flashes forward to previously unseen eras. Zakowska’s work is cited in particular for the episode “Susan,” which gives a much fuller context to one of the show’s standout characters, Susie Myerson (Alex Borstein).
Awards Radar had the chance to speak with Zakowska about the chance to follow Susie into the next generation:
“From the very beginning, I really found a solid image. It came from all my research in the West Village. Her evolution, unlike Midge, was going to move in a much slower way, and had to have a consistency to it. The elements were smaller but had to be in a way very strong and very refined in order to bring it through that journey. I, myself, was a bit surprised at the end of the series where we went. Amy had this very definite idea, and I think it came from Alex’s actual mother. She had seen a photo of her mother in a caftan, so that’s what led us to the way that we end the series with her.”
On adding the writers’ room to the main story:
“That was really a lot of fun, actually. On some level, you think, oh, this is a set, it’s one room, it’s a lot of people sitting around and you don’t immediately think this is going to be the most exciting thing you’re going to do in the series. But all of the guys who were playing the writers and then Midge’s insertion, they were all such dynamic performers, and they all had such individual characters that I was really able to develop individual wardrobes. Little details like, this guy always wears sweaters, and in a certain way, he’s a little bit hip, so let’s try to find a little bit crazy of crazy sweaters for him. This is a much more nerdy guy. It really allowed me to penetrate and think about a writers’ room.”
Listen to the full conversation below.
All five seasons of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel are streaming exclusively on Prime Video.