Almost 2,000 Costumes from Nashville Are Up for Grabs, and They Start at $45
Are you a Nashville fan? Have you ever wished you could rock one of the statement-making ensembles that the characters wear while belting out country hits on the show? If your answer to both of those questions is a resounding "yes," then today is your lucky day.
With its sixth and final season set to return on June 7th (9 p.m. EST) on CMT, the musical drama's production company Lionsgate TV has teamed up with The RealReal to sell a whopping 1,971 items worn by characters on the show since it first premiered in 2012. Yes, you read that right: fans will have almost 2,000 opportunities to own a piece from the series.
The sale marks the first time that The RealReal has partnered with a production to sell its costumes, and for Nashville’s costume designer Susie DeSanto, teaming up with the luxury consignment site was a no-brainer. “We’ve done 168 episodes, so the volume of clothing we had was pretty amazing,” she tells InStyle. “We had a warehouse full of thousands and thousands of pieces—including some big-ticket, high-end items—and with the show coming to an end, we had to find each one a new home. This was definitely a way for us to give back to the fanbase who loves the show, plus everything is quite a bit more affordable now since it’s on The RealReal.”
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“There are tons of Connie [Britton]’s leather jackets and pants,” says DeSanto of the for-sale looks. “Then there’s a Zuhair Murad dress that Hayden Panetierre wore last season, which I tracked all over the world to get it to Nashville in her size.” You can also expect to find accessories as you browse. “Just between Rayna and Juliette—Connie and Hayden’s characters—The RealReal now has 175 pairs of fabulous shoes,” says DeSanto.
While there’s certainly no shortage of looks, there were a few items that won't be on sale. “Lionsgate archived probably 250 costumes for a possible exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame,” says DeSanto. “The cast was really attached to their characters’ clothes, so of course we let them go through and pick out what they wanted to keep before we started selling everything to the rest of the world. A lot of life gets lived during six years with a character, and the costumes tell their stories." As the cast and crew wrapped filming for the series finale (which airs on July 26) two weeks ago, DeSanto says "it’s definitely been an emotional couple of weeks.”
Scroll down for details on five outfits that you can score on The RealReal before the mid-season premiere (the entire series is currently streaming on Hulu, so you can even pinpoint the moment each item appeared onscreen if you’re feeling ambitious). And hurry, because these pieces are gonna go fast.
Hayden Panetierre’s Spring-y Sheath
“Hayden’s character, Juliette, wore this Dolce & Gabbana dress to a press conference last season,” says DeSanto. “I love this dress on Hayden. It’s just stunning with the red lip and the red roses. Dolce & Gabbana suits her really well; they cut close and she’s so tiny. You really need somebody who can cut a dress and make it small enough, scale-wise.”
Lennon Stella’s Dazzling Dress
“Lennon wore this cold-shoulder Needle & Thread dress in the season five finale,” says DeSanto. “In the story, her character Daphne was nominated for an AMA, and that’s the dress she wore while performing at the awards ceremony. It’s beautiful.”
Clare Bowen’s Ethereal Ensemble
“Clare likes vintage clothes, so we use a lot of vintage stuff on her character, Scarlett,” says DeSanto. “This Prada bustier is from either the late ‘90s or early 2000s. I found it at a high-end store called Decades in Los Angeles. And then the tulle skirt is Needle & Thread. Clare likes to twirl, and we had those in every color: black, blue, white. We had sparkly ones, too.”
Lennon Stella’s Funky Frock
“Lennon wears this Dodo Bar Or dress in the very beginning of season six,” says DeSanto. “She’s flown out to L.A. to perform at a benefit for something, and she meets her new love interest for this season. So that’s what she was wearing when she first met him. This brand’s colors and textures are terrific.”
Jonathan Jackson’s Sleek Separates
“Jonathan wore this great John Varvatos jacket for one of his character Avery’s performances last season,” says DeSanto. “The jacket and henley are John Varvatos, and the jeans are Paige.”