The scoop on the clothes on ‘Killing Eve’ Season 2


It might be the small screen, but some spring TV shows are awfully big on style. We asked to costume designers for “Killing Eve” (which airs on Sundays at 8 p.m. on BBC America) to dish on how they keep their characters looking so chic.

The start of Season 2 finds rogue assassin — and devoted fashion-phile — Villanelle (Jodie Comer) on the run after the object of her obsession, Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), has tracked her down.

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This means that for the first few episodes of the season, the dangerous dame has traded her regular designer duds — from brands such as Burberry, Miu Miu and Dries Van Noten — for more … accessible styles.

“It was written in the script that she took a pair of Spider-Man pajamas,” costume designer Charlotte Mitchell says of Villanelle’s most hilarious pilfered get-up: a too-small set of kiddie pj’s. However, after realizing that Marvel probably wouldn’t approve the license, the wardrobe team adapted, finding a “quite disgusting fabric . . . in stretchy printed Lycra” to custom-make Comer’s blue superhero-inspired disguise.

But fashion fanatics can breathe a sigh of relief after Villanelle reconnects with “the Twelve” — her secretive and moneyed overseers — a few episodes into the season. Then, “we get a massive input of fashion again,” Mitchell says, meaning lots of sleek Chloé, Giorgio Armani, Rosie Assoulin and even vintage Thierry Mugler on the luxury-obsessed killer, who “never wears the same thing twice.”

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As for Eve, it’s safe to say that the cat-and-mouse game hasn’t transformed her into a style star. “She’s too busy” to care about how she looks, Mitchell says. “She wants to put on a pair of trousers and pull them up. Throw on a shirt, throw on another layer.”

The one exception is a slinky, electric-blue Karen Millen dress that Eve slips on in Episode 3 (similar dresses are still available, but we hear the exact look will be re-issued this fall).

It’s one of the few moments in the series when audiences get a glimpse of Oh’s bombshell bod, and that’s intentional, explains Mitchell. “Sandra’s got a great figure,” she says, “so to make [her clothes] look awful, you have to go for the cheap polyesters… You have to be very aware of the silhouettes you’re putting on her.”

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