Here's the thing about politics: It's all one big performance. So, it's hard to believe that it took until 2019 for someone to create a captivating show that focuses so sharply on the behind-the-scenes machinations of creating a candidate in the modern era. Enter The Politician, the latest collaboration between Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, and Brad Falchuk (better known as the creators of Glee), which has been captivating viewers since it dropped on Netflix last week.
We were mesmerized by not only the incredible performances from Ben Platt, Lucy Boynton, and Gwyneth Paltrow but also the impeccable styling of each and every character. This key facet in the overall look and feel of The Politician can be attributed to its costume designer, Claire Parkinson. Although her IMDB credits go back to 2011, The Politician marks Claire's first foray into owning the costume design for an entire series, and we have to say, she definitely earned our vote.
Below, check out Parkinson's takeover of the Who What Wear Instagram, in which she answered fan questions and shared sneak peeks on set, and the style tips we learned along the way. Regardless of whether you bleed blue or run red, we can all agree on one thing: We can't wait to see what Payton Hobart and his perfectly styled supporters are up to (and get dressed up in) for season two.
Claire and her real-life sister/assistant, Lily, at the premiere of The Politician.
Prioritize the Process
Mood-boarding is an essential part of the styling process and helps the actor to visualize their character before stepping on set.
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Embrace Color and Power Suits
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Huge thanks to Parkinson for sharing her styling strategies with us. We can't wait to see what she has in store for season two!
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