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'American Horror Story: Coven': Myrtle Snow wasn't wearing Balenciaga

On the season finale of American Horror Story: Coven, Myrtle Snow (Francis Conroy) walked into the desert in a flowing floor-length crimson dress, presented herself at the stake, and cried out “Balenciaga!” before going up in flames.

We know why Myrtle’s last word was Balenciaga, but was the dress she was wearing when she met her demise from the French fashion label?

Nope.

We asked AHS costume designer Lou Eyrich to tell us what Myrtle wore — and why it wasn’t Balenciaga — and the significance of her final frock. Read on for the answers.

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'American Horror Story: Coven': Myrtle Snow's top 5 fashion witticisms

American Horror Story: Coven wasn’t just packed with (gory) plot twists, there were also plenty of sartorial surprises.

“This season [series creator Ryan Murphy] wanted each character to have an iconic look,” AHS costume designer Lou Eyrich told EW. “I had not done a television series on location before, so [I had to] get to know a new city and where to find the things I’d need for an 1830s flashback or a Salem witch hunt. Where do you find stylized witch wear in New Orleans?”

Characters like Fiona (Jessica Lange) and Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) got to slip into labels like Givenchy, Gucci, Lanvin, and Prada but it was Myrtle Snow who channeled Murphy’s personal fashion favorites.

“I love all that stuff. I was like, ‘Let’s write a monologue and I can put all my obsessions in,’” Murphy said of Myrtle’s episode 11 monologue, which included references to stylish socialite Lee Radziwill and iconic designer Diane Von Furstenberg.

Click through the gallery to relive Myrtle’s top 5 fashion witticisms.  READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story: Coven': Myrtle Snow's last word

“Balenciaga!”

The season finale of American Horror Story: Coven featured one of the most stylish death scenes in the history of television.

Accompanied by two men who bore more than a passing resemblance to fashion industry icon Karl Lagerfeld, Myrtle Snow (Francis Conroy) walked into the desert — wearing a flowing floor-length crimson dress — presented herself at the stake, and cried out “Balenciaga!” before becoming engulfed in flames.

Why was Myrtle’s last word the name of a French fashion label? READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story' costume designer on 'Coven' and working on Ryan Murphy's new series

We may finally know who reigns supreme on American Horror Story: Coven, but series creator Ryan Murphy is keeping everyone guessing about what’s in store for season four — cast and crew included.

“You’ve heard more than I have,” joked costume designer Lou Eyrich — who made the move to AHS after overseeing the wardrobe on the first three seasons of Glee — when told that Murphy had hinted that the next installment would be set in 1950 and that “Jessica Lange has already started practicing her German accent.” While the Costume Designers Guild Awards nominee claims she’s in the dark about the details, she did admit that she’s heard rumors season 4 could return to New Orleans in June.

What is it like designing for an entirely new time and place each season?

“It’s like doing a movie every week,” Eyrich told EW, adding that she only had six weeks to ready the wardrobe for Coven and about four days to prep each episode. “Ryan Murphy has a vision before we even get started. He shares his ideas with me and then I do mood boards and we go over each character and decide what their look would be. This [past] season he wanted each character to have an iconic look. It’s both fun and quite intimidating.”

Read on for EW’s exclusive Q&A with Eyrich on her favorite costume moments from American Horror Story: Coven.

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Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): Naomi Grossman on being cast, transformed into Pepper on 'American Horror Story: Asylum'

America Horror Story: Asylum has such an amalgam of strange, creepy characters who slither in and out of the FX horror show’s criminally insane asylum, Briarcliff Manor. But one character that’s a hit with fans is Pepper, the childlike yet murderous microcephalic female inmate with a tuft of hair and a joyfully toothy grin recalling the derogatorily named “pinheads” in Tod Browning’s 1932 side-show film Freaks, and one of its stars, Schlitzie. In this funny, sassy exclusive essay to EW.com, actress Naomi Grossman explains her transformation from a pretty, comedic actress to mischievous Pepper with the aid of prosthetics and makeup. She even shaved her noggin for the part.

For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes) coverage.

By: Naomi Grossman

Might as well start at the beginning! The “breakdown” for the role (that is, the notification that goes out to agents and actors as to what casting is looking for) read something like, “4-5 feet tall, possibly malformed, childlike.” Now, I’m short — 5 feet exactly. But I’m proportionate, darn it! There’s not much I can do to prepare for that! So I suited up in my best baby doll dress, and I walked into the audition waiting room to find a room full of little people. My first thought was that I needed to have a sit-down with my agent, explain the difference between “little” and just “not big.” So I already felt like I was at a disadvantage. Besides, it’s American Horror Story! They’re going to cast the real freak! And, well, they cast me. The audition itself was unusual in that they didn’t give us Pepper’s actual part to read. But that’s of course because the role was under such tight wraps. I didn’t know well after I was cast what the role even was! They basically had us read one of Constance’s (Jessica Lange’s) monologues from the first season, which had obviously already been cast, and then do a short improv, as if we were a child. I think they just wanted to see if we could act. I remember feeling like I’d nailed it, for a giant. But still didn’t expect a call back.  READ FULL STORY

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