Maggie Gyllenhaal’s role in The Honourable Woman may be her best to date—the actress even scored Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for her outstanding performance in the must-watch British miniseries as Israeli-British heiress Nessa Stein. The show aired on Sundance this past summer and largely flew under the radar, but those of you who missed the complex political thriller and want to check it out are in luck: Netflix started streaming all eight episodes today, Dec. 18.
While Gyllenhaal's acting in the series is incredible, we can't stop obsessing over her character's amazing wardrobe. We caught up with The Honourable Woman’s costume designer, Edward K. Gibbon, who spilled on the process and complicated layers of selecting the star's ensembles for the series.
He also shared that her clothing is used as a means to convey messages about the character in the series (i.e., her level of power), though the messages are often mixed. "Nessa wants to appear in control at all times and so her clothes present this veneer of coping," Gibbon says. "But beneath the sharp tailoring there is always a layer of silk and lace, so the threat of exposure is never far away." The real reason behind her simple yet luxe ensembles? "Her life is complicated and full of secrets—the last thing she needs to be doing is matching earrings to her outfit, so her clothes are streamlined and elegantly minimal."
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