Insight into “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” from the Costume Department


The Warner Bros. Costume Department just released a spotlight video interview with Brenda Maben, who was costume designer on Gilmore Girls and who brought us some great behind-the-scenes photos from the filming of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, including our first look at Melissa McCarthy as Sookie. In the new interview, Brenda reveals a few spoilers about where the characters were before their return to the new Netflix series.

In the interview, Brenda talks about what it was like to return to work on Gilmore Girls again, saying she “couldn’t believe” it would return. Given the time gap between when Gilmore Girls ended its seventh season, and the start of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, the costumes needed to reflect the change in time, while still being true to the characters as we knew them. Brenda explains how Rory’s character, played by Alexis Bledel, evolved:

“We picked up where, basically kind of where we left off. Even though the characters are a lot older… Rory is not out of college, she ended graduating from college… she’s been in the workplace and travelled. So, her look was a lot more sophisticated than it was, when she was in Stars Hollow. She had been in London. Been all over the world, so she picked up little pieces from each place that she visited and worked.”

Brenda then gives us insight into the character of Lorelai, played by Lauren Graham:

“Lauren is a lot more sophisticated also… because she’s older, she’s evolved. Her establishment was doing really well, the Dragonfly Inn, and she was making a little more money so she’s got a little more to spend on clothes.

Brenda then talks about the differences between Rory & Lorelai, and how we’ll see Lauren Graham back in the amazing Diane von Furstenberg wrap dresses she is known for. Next up, she talks about creating the distinct styles for Rory’s main love interests, Jess (Milo Ventimiglia), Dean (Jared Padalecki) and Logan (Matt Czuchry).

“Option number 1, whose name will not be mentioned, he pretty much stayed the same, only a lot more sophisticated because he’s 10 years older now and he’s been in the workforce. Option number 2, basically I kept him the same because of his personality in the show. He wouldn’t have changed very much. He always work dark colours. His palette was greys and blacks and not colourful, so we had a nice long time; I wanted to keep him like that and so did he. He’s a lot more mature now, but he’s still the same person inside. Option number 3, I took away his turtleneck sweaters. He’s making a lot of money. He’s the creator of his own style. He doesn’t have to answer to anyone so he can do whatever he wants now, as far as his style is concerned. We’ve kept it very high style. Plus, he lives in London, so he had that London-European influence.”

Well, I’d say it’s pretty obvious who each option is! And very interesting about Mr. #3 there!

What is Brenda most looking forward to actually seeing on screen in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life?

“Without telling you, I have to say that when Melissa (Sookie) enters, that’s a really good moment.”

The wardrobe of the cast has always played a pivotal role in the series. In the initial season, Lorelai and Rory really were the everyday mom and daughter. They looked like us, they dressed like us. They weren’t “too” glamorous, although they did become perhaps a little (in my opinion) too fancy as the series progressed. Still, I’m very pleased with the thought and insight that Brenda and the whole casting department have put into the revival!


2 thoughts on “Insight into “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” from the Costume Department

  • December 3, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    I wanted to know the brand of the long sweater that emily gilmore (kelly bishops character) wore in the scene where she was looking out the ocean. Later that night she wore the same sweater might be black or blue while she was walking and sat with wine glass on her hand and lantern

    • December 11, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      i too want to know where that sweater came from…. I love it


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