Sylvie’s Love costume designer Phoenix Mellow has what she calls a “bible of resources” when it comes to sourcing vintage — and that’s a very good thing, because the period film is set in the 1950s and early 1960s. Mellow, who’s also behind Black Panther and worked on Stranger Things and Mad Men, describes herself as obsessed with vintage clothing and shopping, calling up vendors from all over the country for projects. She worked closely with Tessa Thompson on Amazon Prime’s Sylvie’s Love, which tells an old-fashioned love story of a young woman (Sylvie, played by Thompson) who meets saxophone player Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha) in New York. Thompson, who also stars in Creed and Thor: Ragnarok, has an incredible style history of her own, boldly pushing boundaries with her red carpet fashion.
Mellow called dressing Thompson a “collaboration.” “She has her own sense of style and very much was the muse for pulling her character together,” the costume designer told POPSUGAR. “For most of the accessories, I would put out a tray of earrings, bracelets, and gloves for us to try with the costume. I let her gravitate towards her favorites for the character.” Mellow said the budget was tiny for producing this movie, and it was pulled together in a small amount of time, making the end result of her work feel all the more special. She named A Current Affair as her favorite source for online shopping and stores like The Way We Wore, Golyester, Jet Rag, Squaresville, and Timeless Vixen in Los Angeles for unique finds. Ahead, Mellow reveals the most important notes about styling the cast and lets us in on her vintage secrets. While we don’t all have access to production pieces like she does, it’s safe to say Mellow also has plain talent for getting to know the characters she’s working with, and the inspiration ensues from there. Read all about her experience on Sylvie’s Love, get details about specific outfits, and see exclusive sketches, mood boards, and behind-the-scenes images Mellow shared with us, ahead.