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'The Hour' costume designer Suzanne Cave on creating that London look -- EXCLUSIVE


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Bel Rowley (Romola Garai)

For the women on the show, Cave represents the times through the use of color and shapes. Bel Rowley dresses much like the women professionals of the day, highlighting her looks with bold colors that draw inevitable comparisons to Mad Men’s Joan Holloway. “”Sometimes the inspiration comes from a contemporary fashion shoot, where you might just see those colors put together.”

While the actors often wear reproduction underwear from companies like What Katie WoreAngles and even modern-day Spanx to help recreate a 1950’s silhouette, Cave says Garai doesn’t need them. “With Bel we really push the hourglass shape. Romola is naturally that shape, so we play up her tiny waist.”

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