Behind The Seams

The Costume Designer Behind “Grown-ish” Gives Character Deets

We are half way through the second season of “Grown- ish” and every episode has had me on the edge of my seat! I am always interested in what the characters are wearing and I am so impressed at how costume designer Michelle R. Cole has matched the styles of each character perfectly with their personality.

Cole mixes up new and old trends to create these stunning looks. Seeing how amazing her work is on this particular show prompted me to see what other types of work she has done. To my surprise Cole has been in the costume designing business for quite a while. She was the costume designer for many black classic films and shows such as “In Living Color,” Mo’ Money, “Moesha,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” and even “A Different World”! It makes sense why she was chosen to be the head designer for “Grown-ish.” Cole sat down with Entertainment Weekly to describe the styles of each character on the show.

Zoey (Yara Shahidi) – Her style is geared more towards preppy and she paired high-end brands from Barney’s and Gucci with affordable brands such as Forever 21. She definitely is the fashionista of the group.

Nomi (Emily Arlook) – Her style was mixed with both tomboyish and sensual items to create a look that represented her sexuality. Mixing tight tops with looser bottoms or vice versa.

Aaron (Trevor Jackson) – His looks always seemed thrown together, but they always work. She wanted him to have a comfortable look, but always made it fashion forward.

Ana (Francia Raisa) – Her looks are super conservative and prissy, but she wanted to have a flare to her looks to represent that she is also down to earth.

Vivek (Jordan Buhat) – His look had to match his pockets, so he was given high–end looks, (suit jacket, etc.). This season the look was toned down and a lot of collared shirts were chosen.

Sky and Jazz (Chloe and Halle Bailey) – Their style was a little bit of everything. Since they are involved in sports a lot of sporty, tighter pieces were chosen.

Luka (Luca Hall) – Is the free spirit of the show. Overly sized pieces were chosen and a plethora of T-shirts.


Which “Grown-ish” star represents your style the most?


By Brittanie Sturdivant, Sophomore, Parson’s School of Design

Instagram: B_Slay_S


Written by Brittanie

I rep the 219, Indiana. I'm a wardrobe stylist and owner of Vintage By. B. I love shopping for pieces that are different and that I know nobody else will have! But one thing I hate about shopping is going broke doing so. Throughout the years of me working in retail, I have picked up a lot of tips and tricks for saving LOTS of money when shopping. I also go against trends by Vintage shopping. I find pieces that I can pair together to create works of art. You can call me a penny pincher, but I'll look BOMB while pinching my pennies :)

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