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Mary Zophres Shows Up and Suits Up

Posted January 08, 2010 to photo album "Mary Zophres Shows Up and Suits Up"

Go behind the scenes with Mary Zophres, the costume designer of A Serious Man, and click through a slideshow of her work.

Slide 1: Mary Zophres, Suited Up
Slide 2: A Serious Man - Making the 60s Square
Slide 3: A Serious Man - Clothes Make the Swinging Man
Slide 4: Fargo - Before Its Time
Slide 5: The Big Lebowski - "Terminally Relaxed"
Slide 6: O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Dressing Down
Slide 7: The Man Who Wasn't There - Putting Color in Black and White
Slide 8: Catch Me If You Can - A World of Costume Changes
Slide 5: The Big Lebowski - "Terminally Relaxed"

Slide 5: The Big Lebowski - "Terminally Relaxed"

“There is a line in the script in The Big Lebowski that says he was terminally relaxed. That said it all. He doesn’t have a job; he doesn’t clean his house; he was not a particularly organized man. I remember a picture of Brian Wilson on the beach, and thought he has the feeling of the Dude. So I started looking in thrift stores in Venice, and while I didn’t really know what I was looking for, I knew that I would find it there. That is where I found the sweater that he wears a lot. I remember thinking also that there are very few buttons or zippers for the dude—it’s all pullovers and drawstrings. The bathrobe came out of a fitting. He threw a robe over a pair of shorts and was wearing a pair of flip-flops. When we saw it, we were, ‘Oh my God, that is what you should wear to the supermarket.’ I mean, who goes to the supermarket in a bathrobe? It told us who he was without being distracting.”