Shawna Trpcic and Luke Reichle, who have both worked as costume designers on various TV shows of the past few years, have something else very important in common: They’ve both made Nathan Fillion look good. Trpcic was responsible for the gritty and romantic clothing on Joss Whedon‘s Firefly, where she squeezed Fillion into a pair of famously tight pants. As Castle‘s costume designer from the start, Reichle now outfits Fillion in more expensive suits.
Trpcic (@trpcic) is great about interacting with fans; she recently tweeted a photo of Neil Patrick Harris‘ goggles from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, prompting fans to wonder if a sequel were in the works. (Alas, it was just nostalgia.) When NBC released the first image of new Wonder Woman Adrianne Palicki in some questionable pleather leggings, Trpcic reposted her own designs, which had made it into the blogosphere about a year ago. At that time, Whedon was still the contender for the Wonder Woman project, and Trpcic had drawn up some sketches for her former boss that show that she knew how to tackle the issue of whether Diana should wear pants.
Unfortunately, Whedon’s involvement in the project fell through, though both now have steady employment: He’s helming Marvel’s Avengers move, and she’s installed on the set of Torchwood, with former Whedonverse writer Jane Espenson.
Castle creator Andrew Marlowe set it up so that Reichle (@RedCarpetLuke) could livetweet last night’s episode, explaining his choices behind Kate Beckett’s (Stana Katic) luxe crimefighting looks, as well as the attire for (spoiler!) guest star and villain Jane Seymour:
Followers also tweet at Reichle with their own purchases asking for his opinions, which he graciously offers. Before now, costume design seemed to be a realm of the Hollywood industry that was only slightly explored, through audio commentaries or a brief distinction at the Oscars. With Twitter, it’s possible to get to know these people better and get a different insider’s perspective on the making of a show.