One of my new favorite shows is The Catch which is on ABC. While we were in LA for the Captain America Event, we had the awesome opportunity to meet with the costume designer for The Catch and even had a surprise visit by Rose Rollins. I’m excited to share our interview and experience with the behind the scenes crew and the set of The Catch.
Our first stop was to meet with the costume designer, Peggy Schnitzer, to learn how the outfits are picked and or made for the cast of The Catch. What an awesome experience to chat with her, see some of the clothes that are used in the show and learn about her vision and where she gets her ideas for the attire.
Peggy showed us the book of costume design and how they keep track of every little detail for dressing each character in each episode. It was SO neat to see those books and read about how the bracelet was on the right hand, belt was buckled in 3rd hole, etc. She said that “a lot of times there are scenes that link up, so if we’re here doing interiors and then a week later their doing exteriors. They know exactly so they match it up by the pictures and also documentation if they ever have to do reshoots or if it ever goes to archives.”
The picture above is one outfit’s details for a scene of The Catch. It is so detailed and awesome, how cool that they keep the details to this extent. Peggy had pulled some of the funnest pieces that the cast has worn for us to see and some of the outfits that we remember from watching the show. She showed us the outfit that Alice wore in the parking lot when she had the crowbar in her hand with that dress and one where she went to his fake office building. Then she showed us some Margot pieces and states that Margot wears very sculpted body conscious pieces. “I’ve really tried to make it so it’s feminine but professional yet not too power suit-y for her. There’s still a very feminine edge to it” – Peggy Schnitzer. Then she showed us some of the outfits that Rose Rollins wears and they’re a lot of sheer type materials.
If you’ve seen the show, you know that Peter is usually in solids and pretty much wears a uniform of dark suits and mostly white shirts. Peggy tells us that these shirts were all made for him and you can see his little initials inside, or dark shirts. She said “Peter is pretty much the consistency and the crazy inconsistency of everything else.”
Do you guys ever try to do wardrobe Easter eggs where if they’re wearing a certain color it means something for the show?
Peggy – “Well, I don’t do that but I do try to match up bits and pieces. I actually just saw an episode that is airing soon because I am being interviewed about it. I try and pair off pieces – little bits of color to match people so that it all ties together. I pretty much stick to solid colors because I think it works best for this, you know. There’s a lot going on and it can be distracting sometimes.
The photography of the show makes it feel like an older nineteen fifties – do you tie that into the wardrobe?
Peggy- Yes I do! First off, you know if I were to do today modern, it’s a lot boxier – what’s out now? My esthetic by choice is very sixties early seventies, that very sleek for their bodies I think it looks really well. The first pilot that we did was even older, it was more nineteen forties, and then they changed and rewrote the pilot and we shot another pilot. This one was a lot poppier, a lot more fun, a lot more sixties with a lot more color. The first pilot was a very muted color, this is pops of color. It’s very much a designer’s dream because it’s a great cast, great bodies, great visuals and the story is fantastic and eclectic.
Above, you see the memorable wedding dress! What we found out was that Peggy (the costume designer) actually made this. She said “I got a thirties wedding dress as inspiration and then Carlos and I bought the fabric and we stitched it out. It was really amazing that we were able to get it done that quickly. We had a little bit of lead time. I said ‘I have to do this’ and it was amazing.”
Carlos (pictured above) alters their clothes to a T to their bodies. You can see Peggy and Carlos above with the beautiful wedding dress. We loved chatting with Carlos and Peggy and commending them on their awesome work with the cast of The Catch.
Peggy shared some about how Carlos does the alterations to the clothing, “Instead of taking the easy way out when something is too long or too short he’ll cut it from the arm and like bring it up. It’s all very intricate and he’s a one man show. If you notice, the men in the show wear some pretty perfectly fit suits. That actually does take time because we have to make sure its done correctly since everyone’s body is different.”
Are there requirements on turnaround time to have a piece ready for the show?
Carlos – “Well for us, depending on the schedule that we get to see when everyone is working, when the scenes are and etc.”
Peggy- “Carlos has a rack with dividers with dates of when we need the pieces. So there are times he will do it in that same day and then times when he’s got three or four days. Since the schedule actually changes a lot depending on the availability and the locations, pieces get moved around a lot so Carlos is very attentive to make sure that the pieces are done when they’re supposed to be done.”
Peggy shared that Carlos is usually the first one in and the last one to leave, most days! We were then joined with Leo Castro who is the costume supervisor who runs my department.
Rose Rollins then popped in for a surprise visit. It was fun to see her look through the books where the costume books – she said that she never even knew that it existed.
How far in advance do you start for an episode?
Well, we’re technically supposed to start prepping usually five to six days before shooting. They’re usually prepping one while working on the next and you’re prepping the latter episode without a script. That’s how a lot of shows work – without a script! You usually get the scripts a day or two before you start shooting. We get maybe what we’re looking for and what actors or what characters are going to flow over to the next episode, so we kind of know what their look is going to be so we have an idea about how to shop for them, the kind of research and the pieces that we need.
What happens to the outfits that they wear? Do they get to keep them or do you end up giving them back?
Leo: For a lot of TV shows, especially ABC, we rent a few of the pieces we need and we either give them back or keep them for the next season. They allow us to do that because we’re an ABC show so we’re allowed to keep whatever we want, box them up and inventory them before storing them. On the stuff that we had we keep to make sure that next season if their character pops up again we have the stuff we need. For the most part, we tend not to give the actors the outfits because we may need them again.
Peggy Schnitzer shared her DREAM TEAM with us:
My tailor cutter-fitter extraordinaire is Carlos Zapeda.
Leo Castro is the costume supervisor who runs my department
Anita Cabada is my assistant costume designer who is really is the only person that shops besides myself, but she is really out there finding.
Before the end of our time with The Catch costume designer and cast member, we headed over the actual set to get an exclusive tour of that. We started out in the house and got to see the famous picture by Maria Kreyn. It a little dark since it was not an active set but I got some pretty awesome pictures. You may recognize some of these sites from the show, which you should watch ;).
I loved the backdrop – it truly looks real in the show and I wanted to pack these chairs to take home — doubt they would’ve fit in my carry on though!
How phenomenal is that kitchen?! I seriously needed to take some design and style advice from this set and the designers.
Wow- I would love to take this bathroom home with me! How fun is that decor?!
Above is the famous Maria Kreyn picture that you see in the show. I got to snap a picture next to it, how cool! 😀
Here we are on the set of Anderson Vaughan Investigations!! It was so cool – check out some of the set pieces. We were there with Peggy and Rose getting a tour, sharing some of our social media tips with them and learning about the show.
How fun is that? Do you see some parts of this set that you remember from the show? I was SO excited to be on the set and chat with both Rose and Peggy as well as Peggy’s team to learn about how this show and the many moving parts come together. The Catch is on ABC’s Thursdays at 10pm. Tonight’s episode is called “The Benefactor” and is going to be awesome. Check out some sneak peeks of tonight’s episode.
About Tonight’s Episode: The AVI team takes on a new client, a female captain in the army, who is being harassed by her colleagues. Meanwhile, Alice makes a play on Ben that could put her in some very serious danger, and both Ben and Margot are shocked when an old friend comes to town.
Make sure you tune in tonight and follow along on Twitter using the #TheCatch hashtag where there will be live tweeting and information about the show. Also, remember that if you love this show then you’ll want to either watch live or within 3 days (on DVR) to help towards the rating of the show! That is something we learned on this trip and I wanted to share so you can help keep your favorite shows on the air.
— Olivia Douglass (@odouglass11) April 28, 2016