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

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Creating and Shopping the Looks

The Hour wardrobe team uses a mix of custom designs and store-bought vintage clothing to bring to life the mood board visions that Cave imagines for each character.

“We have particular cutters who specialize in that period, tailors and dress makers so for Bel, Marnie, Freddie, Hector, Lix, Sissy — all of their clothes were made,” said Cave. “We made the costumes for about eight characters, for the rest we sourced vintage items and mixed in a few contemporary items like knitwear and twin sets.”

When she has to shop, the Cave makes frequent visits to London’s famous vintage clothing hub around Portobello Road — Cloud Cuckoo Land and Rellik are the show’s go-to stores — as well as the city’s monthly Hammersmith Vintage Fashion Fair. “A lot of the dealers from all over the country come there to show their stuff, so you can get everything under one roof,” she explained. Things like vintage buttons, handbags, hats, gloves, all of those details.”

The Hour airs Wednesdays at 9/8C on BBC America.

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