Vampire Diaries’ Costume Designer on How the Supernaturals Get Their Fashionable Clothes: Compulsion
We love The Vampire Diaries, but we also have fun occasionally pointing out the logic fails in Mystic Falls. Costume designer Leigh Leverett is way ahead of us: She told CNN recently that the town has a world-class costume shop, full of the perfect ensembles for decade dances and Founder’s events.
She also shed some light on the costuming choices for the humans versus the vampires. "We try and keep them timeless and not super trendy," Leigh said of Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley). "They have their comfort and what they like to wear within the realm of the decade."
In order to help viewers tell doppelgangers Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Katherine (Nina Dobrev) apart, TVD’s costume designer makes deliberate fashion choices for both. "Katherine has been around for hundreds of years. She follows fashion trends a little more. (Her clothes are) edgier and sexier than what we put on Elena,” she said.
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And how can the wicked vamp afford such high fashion? "I like to think that Katherine saw (the) tan Michael Kors heels (she wore during season 3) on some unsuspecting Chicago socialite, and probably just compelled her to hand them over,” says Leigh.