One of the biggest highlights on last weekend’s broadcast of Saturday Night Live was Maya Rudolph’s latest impression of newly minted Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Harris, who made history as the first woman, the first Black person and the first Asian American person to be elected to the office, addressed the nation upon her victory in an all-white pantsuit to salute the women’s suffragist movement.
Similarly, Rudolph wore a similar suit when impersonating Harris in SNL’S cold open right after Harris appeared on stage. But did you know SNL only 85 minutes to recreate Harris’ pantsuit for Rudolph?
In an interview with POPSUGAR, producer and costume designer Tom Broecker and wardrobe supervisor Dale Richards talked about how they pulled it off.
“My assistant started capturing screen grabs of everything [Harris] was wearing so we could get all the details right — the shoes, the jewelry, the hair, makeup, blouse, and the suit,” Broecker said. “By 9 p.m. we had pulled all the ‘research’ photos together and started looking through our stock to see if there was anything that could work. Every store in the city had been closed for hours. There was no way to shop this look anywhere, except in our back rooms.”
Broecker also revealed Maya’s pantsuit was made from cream fabric.
“A box of cream charmeuse fabric was found to make the blouse, and then a cream double-breasted suit was found that could be completely recut and altered to make the suit work,” he continued. “It would require an incredible amount of work to recut a double-breasted suit into a single-breasted suit, but I work with the most incredible tailors in the world. Eighty minutes later, and four tailors exhausted, Maya did a fitting. It was perfect and she was ready to go to the stage.”
Looks like we’ll continue to see Rudolph on SNL as Harris for a long time.
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