While writing about Killing Eve yesterday, I forgot to mention the show’s standout fashion moment. Throughout the first season, the costuming is consistently A+, with clothes often playing a significant role in the plot (a recognizable green scarf, the unexpected gift of a dress). But the scene where Russian assassin Villanelle is enduring a psychological review by her bosses to see if she’s become too out-of-control to be a reliable murderer … that moment, well, it kills.
As one person commented on Twitter:
I woke up today still thinking about that Pink Frilly Ballgown! I aspire to be this level of EXTRA at the Therapist' office! @KillingEve #KillingEve pic.twitter.com/lUz1ICpWzT
— I Dream In 4D🌹🌹🌹 (@IDreamIn4D) April 16, 2018
According to The Cut, Molly Goddard is the designer of the floofy, pink, and sociopathically inappropriate dress that serves as a visual “fuck you” to the two serious-looking, bearded men asking Villanelle about her state of mind.
I was extra-delighted because I’ve been avidly tracking the growing popularity of pink floofy dresses, which truly took off early in 2018, nearly three years after Rihanna put the look on the fashion map. (As I pointed out in 2013, fashion trends take much longer to develop and last longer than we think.) Oh, how online critics laughed and meme’d Rihanna … only to see everyone follow in her red-carpet footsteps multiple seasons later!
Goddard showed earlier this month at London Fashion Week, and she had some even pinker and floofier dresses.
Between Goddard and Viktor & Rolf in Paris, the vintage Oscar de la Renta that I passed up in 2017 is looking a little small!
In my own defense, I didn’t pass up that dress because it was “too much.” I had to choose between that one and another Oscar de la Renta and I thought the colors in this one — and the photo doesn’t even capture how electric they were — made it even more mind-blowing.
However, the embroidered one couldn’t be worn with alterations that, it turned out, couldn’t be done. There wasn’t enough of a seam allowance in the dress and the fabric was too fragile, for those who understand such things. I had to return that dress, and for some reason, I didn’t ask for the tulle instead. Anyway, as you can see from one of my recent videos, I have plenty of floof to wear in jacket form.
Killing Eve has continued fashion slays offscreen, too. Theme dressing nearly always wins my approval, so I loved it when actors Sandra Oh (our assassin-hunting hero, Eve) and Jodie Comer (the unrepentant Villanelle) hit the Golden Globes red carpet in January wearing white and black, respectively. Note the good floof action on Jodie’s dress.
They’ve gone with the classic hero-villain color scheme at least formal events too.
I hope they keep it up — it makes me feel like they have fun on the set together.