FF: And of course theres clothes for different, you know, there are the clothes that are for a mission, and there are clothes for when youre at Section, and theres at home and theres evening wear and stuff. But what do Michaels clothes say about him?
Laurie Drew: Well, hes very non-committal. I mean, we do not know about him. Hes almost an illusion, you know. Hes done with mirrors, right? And hes not a real person. So he doesnt show anything. He shows absolutely no emotion, whatsoever. So you could, like you could project going to his house, say for example. You open the closet doors and thered be thirty suits exactly the same. Hes more a cartoon character in that respect. I dont know if you can call it that, but hes more two dimensional. Like hes not showing more dimension than he absolutely needs to.
FF: And you dress him in Gaultier?
Laurie Drew: Yeah, he looks really good in Gaultier.
FF: Is that primarily what he wears?
Laurie Drew: He wears Versace; also a line called Istante ...
FF: Oh yeah.
Laurie Drew: ... which he wears, and Gucci. Thats about all we can find for him. You know, weve really painted ourselves into a corner with him, right? Because its got to be a uniform. But its got to be a certain kind of body language too. Because theres a lot of chemistry between him and Peta, and you dont see him really kind of schlumping around in loose fitting stuff, or anything too conventional. So its got to have a bit of an edge. But it still has to be a uniform. So those are the only suits to date, anyway. Im sure theres other stuff out there that I probably havent seen, but as far as what we can find and source out, its that, you know the Gaultier--great cut.
FF: And as far as fitting and alterations, I mean because it strikes me also with this show, compared to other television shows, the way all the clothes, the mens suits too, they fit absolutely perfectly.
Laurie Drew: I think fit is so important.
FF: And do you spend ...
Laurie Drew: You could probably take any garment, and if it was properly fit you can make it look fabulous or just very, very commonplace you know? You probably could.
FF: Yes, I think thats absolutely true. So do you have a lot of fittings with Roy Dupuis?
Laurie Drew: We usually do Roy at the beginning of the season. And then again maybe you know halfway through or thereabouts, well book some time with him and have another series of fittings.
Ive got like an amazing crew here of really, really skilled people and we know him by heart to the point where any fluctuation in weight is immediately known! But theyre very good about that; theyre really conscious about our efforts. And therefore if, you know, they eat a little bit more over Christmas, theyll work it off.
FF: Tell me about Operations suits and jackets and so forth.
What designers do you use for him?
Laurie Drew: Hes an Armani guy. You know, pretty much. Raspini, just kind of whatever Italian pretty conventional, you know. Its not hard stuff to buy. He wears clothes very, very well.
FF: Doesnt he.
Laurie Drew: Yeah he does, so you know its an Armani kind of silhouette. And then you know we take it from there with whatevers around that kind of feels right.
FF: And Madeline?
Laurie Drew: Madelines all custom.
FF: Is it?
Laurie Drew: Yeah, its all made by us.
FF: I think she looks very good in clothes too. Is she tall?
Laurie Drew: Shes average. I think shes about five eight.
FF: Because she seems--maybe its the silhouette, that its a nice long lean look. And as far as Matthew Ferguson, Birkoff?
Laurie Drew: Oh yeah, hes great.
FF: I like his clothes, too. There were some really cool T-shirts last season.
Laurie Drew: Were using less and less of the street look. Its got the street silhouette now, but less of the specifics, like the logos and stuff are kind of going away. I guess hes maturing too.
FF: Right, and Walter?
Laurie Drew: Don is Don and always will be. You know, he kind of came to us with his preference, which is the bandannas and the leather jeans and that, and I guess we just kind of slightly tweaked it for our show. Because theres not a whole lot we can do with him. Hes an older person whos kind of settled into a groove, and had grown into that groove, and embellished it over the years. And he doesnt have a lot of versatility. I dont know how you can say this in a nice way. Its certainly not meant to be not nice. But its just--in terms of creativity its pretty limited with him.
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