Let’s not pretend that dressing Jaime King as a rich clotheshorse is anything but a designer’s dream job.
At 5 feet 9 inches and with a killer figure, the model and actress on ABC’s “My Generation,” airing Thursdays, is a knockout.
Kicking off 5-inch Stuart Weitzman heels, King says, “It’s interesting because there are so many ideal body types now. It’s really unfortunate that so many women struggle when they are not a size zero. I love when women just love themselves.”
Her character, Jackie, is not that enlightened. “My Generation” chronicles nine alumni of the class of 2000 a decade later. Jackie, a failed actress, returns home to Austin, Texas, and marries a wealthy guy.
“Jackie’s look is very prim, very conservative,” King says. “She wouldn’t wear a zip-up black mini like I’m rocking right now.”
While King describes her style as “Grace Kelly meets street,” she says Jackie “wants to dress for her husband, for her father.”
King, as Jackie, is a dream to dress, says Kathleen Kiatta, costume designer.
“I can shop for her, and if we haven’t discussed it or had a fitting, I can look at three dresses and know she will work it,” Kiatta says.
“Jackie is a bit of a chameleon now and has a bit of an L.A. background, and married to money now, and can get whatever she wants as far as clothing,” Kiatta says. “That gives us a lot of freedom. That she can buy what she wants gives us free range.”
Jackie doesn’t wear jeans often, but when she does, King has a pair of Gap jeans she loves, and Kiatta bought her J Brand.
“They have this line that is so perfect when she is playing the perfect housewife,” Kiatta says. “It is so Stepford and so awesome for her. Everything to the buttons is perfect, but it’s not that high-end, and as additive it’s nice to fill in. If you didn’t know better, you would think it’s Chanel.”
Naturally anyone can buy these clothes, but looking like Jackie is another matter.
“You have to be a certain body type,” the costume designer says. “She has this great Marilyn
Monroe thing going on.”