How do you keep a cast of complicated and interesting characters on a show like “Masters of Sex” looking good day after day? Just ask Ane Crabtree to design the costumes for them. The Television Academy hosted their annual Costume Design Emmy Nominee Reception this month, honoring the work of the Emmy nominated costume designers and their colleagues. Crabtree was one of the attendees to show off some of the costumes she used for the show’s pilot and first season.
Showtime's “Masters of Sex" stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan. Crabtree had had a very impressive career in costume design for television and features, including HBO's “Luck,” FX's “Justified,” and ABC's “PanAm.” She was nominated for a Costume Design Guild Award for “PanAm.”
As season two of the series gets under, Bill Masters and Virginia Johnson are trying to sort out their relationship. Is there more between them then just their work. As Bill’s wife struggles to keep their marriage together and their family financially sound, she wonders if Bill will ever want to be a true father to their son, after his disinterest in the child since his birth.
Classic TV Examiner was on-hand at the Emmy Reception to chat with Crabtree about her work on the show and to preview (if she can) what the characters will be wearing and doing in season 2.
Check out the video interview with Crabtree on this page.
Also on display in a special FIDM Exhibit as the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising were costumes from over 20 television shows, specials and mini-series, including Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., American Horror Story: Coven (Emmy nominee for Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special nominee), Bonnie & Clyde, Breaking Bad, Castle, Dallas, Downton Abbey (Outstanding Costumes for a Series nominee), Lizzie Borden Took an Ax, Orange is the New Black, The Blacklist, Parenthood, Portlandia, The Red Road, Salem, Sleepy Hollow, The Sound of Music Live!, The Trip to Bountiful, True Detective, Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Pretty Little Liars, Castle and The Good Wife. The costume display is free to the public through September 20th at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
For more info on the costume exhibit, visit, FIDM Exhibits
“Masters of Sex” airs Sundays on Showtime.