Mindy Lahiri may be a lot of things, but a Catholic is not one of them. However, thanks to Danny’s little white lie to his new priest Father Michael O’Donnell, played by the hilarious Stephen Colbert, Mindy has to maintain the ruse on this week’s The Mindy Project.
So like any good faux Catholic couple, they attend mass together. For the scene, costume designer Salvador Perez decided to steer away from the typical conservative church outfit and instead opt for a brightly patterned Dolce & Gabbana dress (below). “At first we were going to dress her demurely for church and then we were like what the hell,” Perez tells InStyle of the look. However, the church theme was still present. “The dress sort of reminded me of a stained glass window, which was perfect for the scene.”
Unfortunately Mindy doesn’t make the best impression, so she decides to remedy that by inviting Father O’Donnell over for dinner. In typical Mindy fashion, she decides to text him in lieu of a traditional phone call. For this hilarious emoji-filled exchange, Perez dressed Mindy in a Marni dress (below). “Putting Mindy in cream was really unusual, but she loved that dress,” says Perez. “We wanted the look to feel like spring, but with the long sleeves and fabric it still felt wintry.”
For the dinner scene, Perez went with a Catholic schoolgirl vibe, dressing her in a Diane von Furstenberg sweater and a Karen Millen pleated skirt (above, very top). “We wanted her to look a bit innocent but still hot.” Mission accomplished!
We’ll be chatting with Perez every week about our favorite looks from The Mindy Project, so be sure to check back in next week!