If You're Not Watching Pose, You're Missing Some of TV's Best Fashion

In the first episode of FX’s new TV show Pose, we essentially go to a Met Gala. We’re not talking the likes of an Anna Wintour affair, but the cast of characters—all then chosen family members of the House of Abundance—sneaks into a museum and pulls off a heist to steal royal costumes that look like they’re plucked right out of Louis XIV’s castle. Instead of walking the red carpet, they go to the ball—specifically the kind made iconic by the LGBTQ+ community of New York in the ’80s and ’90s. And from this point on, the costume bar for the show was set quite high.

The woman behind the character’s exuberant, high-fashion, and period-specific looks is Lou Eyrich. She’s not just someone who helped bring this first-of-its-kind Ryan Murphy series to life—she’s been his go-to collaborator for projects like The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Feud, American Horror Story, and Glee. Pose, however, is a project in its own league.

Pose doesn’t only celebrate underground ball culture that serves as a pivotal reference in LGBTQ+ culture, but it also employs a cast of predominantly gay and trans actors to tell the story in the most authentic way. Naturally Eyrich’s costumes are a huge part of that, both ones that speak to the individual characters—such as Blanca, an HIV-positive trans woman who sets off to become the mother of her own house; Elektra, her former house mother and, well, frenemy; and Pray Tell, the ballroom’s glamorous dandy emcee—as well as the over-the-top costumes of the competitive ball scenes themselves (hence: the museum heist).

Ahead we spoke with Eyrich about how she brought TV’s most exciting shows—both fashion-wise and culturally—to life.