Summer has always been our favorite season for many reasons. One of the highlights of this summer is the return of HBO’s vampy and sexy hit series, True Blood, on June 10. In anticipation of the premiere of the new season, we were lucky enough to catch up with the creative mind behind the show’s hot vampire looks–Costume Designer, Audrey Fisher.
Before focusing her talents on the small-screen, Audrey’s diverse experience prepared her well. While attending graduate school at NYU, Audrey started her career as a hat milliner. Soon, Audrey found herself traveling the world designing costumes for a variety of venues from off-Broadway productions to opera. Audrey eventually found herself back in her hometown of Los Angeles as the Resident Assistant Costume Designer at the Center Theatre Group’s costume shop. Audrey’s gift for imaginative costuming led to her next gig as the assistant designer for the television shows That 70s Show, That 80s Show and Twenty Good Years. Not long after, Audrey began as an assistant designer on True Blood before ultimately landing her most recent role as the head of Costume Design.
New York or Los Angeles, and why?
Both! I grew up in LA but then really grew up when I decamped to NYC when I was 20 and stayed for almost a decade. So, I feel like a New Yorker, and I’m deeply delighted when people assume that. These two great cities are my yin and yang: NYC recharges my aesthetic battery to 1000% because there’s everyday magic around every corner, and you get to see it up close because you’re on foot. But, LA’s vast cultural landscape begs to be discovered by the curious practitioner…plus her desert light is incomparable.
Give us a sense of your personal style?
I work such long hours, I have to be fairly practical! So I try to keep myself entertained by honing the ideal costume designer’s costume: simple, quality pieces with a smattering of color and cool quirky accessories. Keeping my personal style simple means I can focus more of my energy on creating the characters’ costumes!
You’re best known for your work as a costume designer, but what do you consider your greatest talent?
Multi-tasking…seriously. And I can find inspiration all around me… not a talent, but a necessity.
What’s your daily habit?
Lemon water first thing when I wake up, then focusing on keeping a clear and open mind as I plunge into the work day!
What’s one thing in your closet you could never give up? And what’s your go-to piece in the closet right now?
Can’t give up my grandmother’s 1920 silk crepe Chinoiserie jacket or my black Vivienne Westwood corset. Go-to old friend: Vince black leather moto jacket.
BONUS: If you could be a fantasy character from the show – who or what would you like to be and why?
I wouldn’t mind a cameo as a fierce 1940s-1980s vampire a la Catherine Deneueve in The Hunger…