“I’m going to tell you some secrets you wouldn’t believe. Her pants are modern: They are Rag & Bone riding pants with laces in the sides. The blouse is Tory Burch, linen with ruffles. We patch-worked the tunic together with pieces of suede and leather and hand-stitched it very rough-hewn with big stitches. We all thought it would just be in one episode and in the end it’s the costume she’s worn for so long and we had to make six of them.
“We had a belt that we made and the gauntlet gloves. The boots are John Fluevog, who is Canadian and a wonderful bootmaker who has a very periodlike handle on things. He has those period kind of heels and he makes short boots we use on Rumpelstiltskin as well.
“She wore a heavy linen cape, dark green. And we added a fur collar to the tunic and to finish the look. Ginnifer loves wearing that and playing the character so she is not so nicey-nicey.”
“All the fabrics we had to test and throw in the shower to see how it worked. After the fifth try we found the elements that worked together. Interestingly enough it’s a really cheap white stretch velvet fabric that’s a little embossed but when it was wet it worked very magically.
“Instead of silk chiffon in the sleeves we had to use poly chiffon because the silk wouldn’t float. What we spent a lot of time on was the embroidery on the top, which was a sari that we took apart.
“And then we found these beaded shawls that we just draped around her hips. And we made the headdress out of crystals and flowers.
“It certainly was challenging because it has to look spectacular when she came out of the water.”
“One of the key elements is Ginnifer has this wonderful short hair. One of the images that popped into my head was [actress] Jean Seberg from the ’50s.
“This dress is ‘Plenty’ by Tracy Reese from Anthropologie. The hard thing about dealing with this character is making her appealing and sexy without overdoing it. Ginnifer related to it very much. We paired that with a high-waisted cardigan.
“The shoes she is wearing are Repetto flats. If she’s not wearing those, she has the little heels.”
“The coat is Nanette Lepore and it’s an ivory coat that she wears quite well. It has a fresh look to it, and it’s cut to the body. She has several Nanette Lepore coats and she also wore Miss Sixty and a private label by Holt Renfrew.”
“Ginnifer was always very pleased. It’s very crucial for an actor that they feel comfortable in what they are wearing for their character.”