What does a high-end call girl wear? (a) A bandage dress and stilettos. (b) A bustier, miniskirt and thigh-high boots. © A G-string, pa...
How Should an Escort Wear Her Hair?
(a) A bandage dress and stilettos.
(b) A bustier, miniskirt and thigh-high boots.
© A G-string, pasties, and platforms.
(d) A Theory skirt, J.Crew sweater vest, tights, and flats.
If you picked (d), then you’ve probably seen The Girlfriend Experience on Starz. No doubt most people binge-watch the show for the frequent, unapologetic sex, but I got hooked by the clothes and the hair.
Christine Reade, a law student and intern played by Riley Keough, decides to become an escort in her free time. The directors, Amy Seimetz and Lodge Kerrigan, were so intent on avoiding the clichés of the genre that she looks nothing like what you’d expect. Yes, there’s thrusting flesh, but there’s also Comme des Garçons and Roland Mouret. And Theory.
The show’s costume designer, Caroline Eselin-Schaefer, nails the working-girl wardrobe, and not in the wink-wink way. Reade is busy, busy, busy, and her clothes are “efficient and calculated so she could transition easily from the office to her other world,” says Eselin-Schaefer.
During the day, Reade looks like the very pretty girl in the cubicle down the hall — and maybe that’s the point.
Her office garb is all Banana Republic, J.Crew, and Theory, with trench coats and tops from Aritzia, and a Gap sweater, probably at 50 percent off. “We wanted her to be invisible at the law firm,” says Eselin-Schaefer. “She could take off layers, add heels and a lip and be ready for the evening.”