Although FX’s spy drama The Americans is set in 1981, you probably noticed the show’s lack of big hair and neon. That’s partly because costume designer Jenny Gering (pictured here) looked to 1979 for inspiration — and because of where the show is set.
“The show is not set in New York City. It’s set in Washington, D.C. and suburban Virginia. So this is definitely not the cutting edge place to find what would be the latest look.” But with the series inevitably delving further into the decade — season two is already in the works — EW asked the costume designer how she plans to tackle some of those popular (and awesomely over-the-top) trends from the ’80s they finally make their way to the suburbs. See what she had to say about shoulder pads, Miami Vice, and more below.