Fashion-forward television through the years
When it comes to Hollywood’s hold on everyday fashion, movies frequently steal most of the credit -- two-hour immersions where one comes up coveting Alicia Silverstone’s knee-highs in “Clueless” or Jennifer Beals’ off-the-shoulder sweat shirt in “Flashdance.” Television is much stealthier. “The whole idea of episodic television is to get you hooked,” says Deborah Nadoolman Landis, founding director of UCLA’s David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design. “We start to think of that person not as Sarah Jessica Parker [playing the character of Carrie Bradshaw on ‘Sex and the City’] anymore … she becomes that character.”
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'The Roy Rogers Show' (1951-57) / 'The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show' (1962)
Costume designers: Nudie Cohn, Ray Aghayan and others
Michelle Webb Fandrich, co-author of "Clothing Through American History" says early television fashion trends weren't geared toward women but rather their pocketbooks. Parents who sat their children down to watch Roy Rogers and his wife, Dale Evans, found themselves besieged with requests for fringe-heavy cowboy and cowgirl costumes.