Ratched is Ryan Murphy’s latest anthropology series that premiered on Netflix on September 18, 2020.
The show is a Prelude to “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and looks at the life of the dreadful Nurse Ratched and how she became known as “Nurse Ratched”. It stars American Horror Story (AHS) Alum, Sarah Paulson as the lead character, and a few familiar faces as well as newcomers.
We like that every Ryan Murphy project is a fashion delight and the costumes are as intricately put together as the storylines. Murphy has outdone himself, showcasing vibrantly colored costumes that steal every scene, thanks to costume designers Lou Eyrich and Rebecca Guzzi.
For the silhouettes and styles in the series, set in the years following World War II, Eyrich says they were inspired by ‘40s films, like Now, Voyager, for the “film noir” feel. “Rebecca and I were trying to stay true to the ‘40s silhouette of a strong shoulder and cinched in waist and women in dresses; always gloves, always hats,” Eyrich says.
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For one particularly standout look, Mildred wears a navy blue dress and cape paired with a bright green bag, gloves, and brooch. “In the fittings, we would find the suiting and the silhouette and then just pop the colors together,” says Eyrich. “We had different scarf fabrics and an array of colored gloves and such, and we just really loved the navy and green, and that was a big color combo in the ‘40s. So we had found a navy hat that had green trim around the flower, and then we found the green bag and the green shoes, and all the pieces just came together. We loved how strongly it popped. When she walked down those white stairs, it just was a strong entrance.”