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What the Clothes in Only Murders in the Building Say About the Show’s Characters

Costume designer Dana Covarrubias explains how she came up with the perfect wardrobes for characters played by Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez.

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Episode Notes

This week, host Isaac Butler talks to Dana Covarrubias, costume designer for the popular Hulu series Only Murders in the Building, starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez. In the interview, Dana explains how her early work as an actor influences her decision-making as a costume designer. She also breaks down some of the creative thinking that went into the wardrobes for each of the main characters in Only Murders in the Building.

After the interview, Isaac and co-host June Thomas discuss Dana’s technique of establishing backstories for every character, even the minor ones.

In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Dana talks about designing the wardrobes for some of the supporting characters. Then she talks about how to deal with the costume design equivalent of writer’s block.

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Podcast production by Cameron Drews.

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