One of the most striking aspects about “The Good Fight” is the wardrobe, courtesy of costume designer Daniel Lawson, a two-time Emmy nominee for making the lawyers of “The Good Wife” look like the best-dressed people in Chicago.
Lawson followed for the spin-off, dressing stars Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Audra McDonald, Rose Leslie and more for success. Here, he picks out his favorite looks from Season 2 of the CBS All Access drama, and explains why they made the cut.
“We wanted Diane (Baranski) to be very modern and hard-edged. I loved how the leather caught the light. Plus, it’s a nice precursor to the metallics that we introduced early on and used throughout the season.”
“These outfits were for an office party. I wanted Diane (Baranski) to look like a golden statue: strong, metallic and super chic… so much so that Elsbeth (Preston) comments on her jewelry and Diane ends up giving it to her. We had to make custom jewelry for that outfit, too! For Elsbeth, I wanted her in what her idea of what ‘party wear’ would be, so we hit upon this ’20s-inspired Tahari outfit. Incidentally, we took two tops and turned one of the tops into a skirt, so it would look like a dress.”
“The character of Lucca (Jumbo) was pregnant this season. I wanted to use non-maternity wear to maintain her character and the sophistication in her costumes. The Lela Rose knit dress accommodated the pregnancy and gave a wonderful sense of sophistication, especially with the flair of the sleeve.”
“I wanted Jay (Nyambi) to look like he belonged in a law firm without looking like one of the lawyers. I layered texture and pattern to create a unique look for him that had real soul, as well as individuality. This outfit has a custom-designed shirt and a John Varvatos linen jacket with a zip-knit vest.”
“In this episode, Diane (Baranski) was the linchpin for the prosecution and I wanted her jacket to stand out. I thought this Michael Kors brocade jacket did that, plus it’s super elegant. For Maia (Leslie), she needed to wear a pantsuit in court because of the ankle monitor. I wanted her to look very innocent, so I went with a light Armani suit — very clean and modern. For Lucca (Jumbo), I wanted a splash of color because she’s arguing the case in court. I also needed to cover her baby-bump, and this Derek Lam velveteen jacket did just the trick.”
“Layering competing textures and patterns became Diane’s aesthetic this season. This Akris print blouse with the Armani silk brocade jacket, while an odd pairing, played very well together.”
“The Etro multi-colored silk print jacket on Lucca created a tense dynamic with Colin’s very clean, uptight Hugo Boss suit and white Charles Tyrwhitt dress shirt.”
“In this scene, Lucca is announcing to the partners that she’s pregnant. I wanted her to look armored, but nervous at the same time. I thought the little, individual pieces of metal, rather than an all-encompassing metallic look, would achieve that dichotomy.”
“Lucca’s office gets filled with solid-toned balloons. In order for her to stand out in this cacophony of color, this Etro printed silk jacket was just the ticket!”
“Diane (Baranski) is drawn to the poetic choreography of the Aikido moves with the participants in stark black and white. In this scene, she has taken on the strength and discipline of the practice while wearing the traditional Aikido uniform.”
“Always aiming for character delineation, this trio is pleasing to the eye with Diane (Baranski) in a strong, silhouetted, tomato-red Lafayette 148 NY dress, Liz (McDonald) in a figure-flattering Lafayette 148 NY dress and matching coat, and Maia (Leslie) in an ultra-modern black and white dress with exaggerated, architectural sleeves.”