Vulture blog seems to agree with me and had summed up ten of Jayma's looks. Credits go to Glee's Emmy nominated costume designer Lou Eyrich. Describing Emma's "look", she says: “Emma is a lot of Anthropologie, Kate Spade, and J.Crew. Ryan [Murphy] wanted her as a typical schoolteacher, with a little bit of sex appeal and a quirkiness to her. We found what works best with her is pops of color and being very put together, to match her OCD. Nothing can be out of place.”
I will be posting her comments on each photo and mine, too.
Episode 1: Pilot
On the very first episode, “This is when we discovered that pops of color and monochromatic worked for Emma. This outfit became the template. On the pilot, you’re trying to figure out who the character is. We really needed her to be quirky because of her OCD, but didn’t want to make it boring. We found quickly to play off her big eyes and red hair and the colors that could really work well. We defined her through that — everything paired perfectly. That’s how that outfit came about; that she looked really good in those gold and butterscotch colors.”
I love the colors that they use here on Emma! All these yellows and golds play well with her hair color although she seems frail.
Episode 4: Preggers
The rare outside Glee shot. “I happen to love this one. It kind of happened by accident, as it was shot at night on the football field and was unusually cold for Los Angeles, so we had to incorporate a coat into the outfit an hour before shooting. It seemed too simple on its own, so we added a beret and a bow poking out of the lapel. But the point of the outfit is to look cute in the beret.”
This is the best looking accident (see above)! Warm colors really suit Emma's personality. The bow is the perfect accent to an all red ensemble.
Epsiode 5: The Rhodes not Taken
“This one was early on, we were still trying to find Emma, she was a bit more subdued! I was obsessed with sweater clips, so put this together to use the clip ... simple as that!”
Love that they use very bright colors on Emma. The sweater clips add instant library chic. I think the picture also shows Emma's hair which is very precise even if it is in waves
Episode 6: Vitamin D
This ensemble was fashioned for Emma’s awkward engagement to Ken Tanaka in the boys' locker room. “We found this shirt at Anthropologie and it screamed Emma, and we were on a real bow kick at the time, so we added the bow skirt, to make it extra Emma-ish. We wanted it to be extra quirky … it was in a place that made her feel very uncomfortable. It’s crawling with germs and she’s completely freaked out about being in there.”
I adore Emma's facial expressions amidst the dirty and most probably stinky boy's locker room in these scene.
Episode 13: Sectionals
“We found that the ‘bow shirt’ is Emma's signature look and it works with almost any outfit. We can take a very trendy sweater, add the bow, and it becomes a whole different sweater. We try to do a lot of monochromatic on purpose, but if it’s not, we try to play on the color palettes, where we’ll take three different colors — just different tones.”
The bow on her shirt is on another level! It almost covers the entire front of her cardigan which is in a very large rose print. Wait, does the print looks like a rose to you? So it may be just a very large flower print.
Episode 13: Sectionals
Even when Emma gets cold feet about marrying a gym teacher, she manages to look good doing so: “This one was tough. What would Emma wear for a wedding dress? We did several sketches and visited lots of bridal salons. Then it hit me: J.Crew. I went online and there it was. Emma with a touch of Audrey Hepburn. Sweet. Classic.”
She definitely looks wonderful in her wedding gown. Not sure? Ask Will Schuester. BTW, this J.Crew gown is amazing and the elbow length gloves is the perfect lady-like accessory.
Episode 14: Hell-O
“Normally we like to put Emma in bright colors, but we also love monochromatic outfits, so we did this beige number.” Though the scene takes place during the awkward moment after she and Will have furthered their romantic relationship for the first time, that tension didn’t inform the outfit. “We didn’t pick that to fit the mood of the scene. So many of the scenes of Emma in her office are from the waist up. She never gets up from her desk. So we tried to pick outfits with interesting detail that say ‘Emma’ quickly without seeing the whole ensemble.”
Love the fact that there is always a bow moment in her costume. Even if she is missing a bow in her top, she has a bow brooch/sweater clip!
Episode 15: The Power of Madonna
This prim outfit came during the episode in which she told Will she couldn't "do the nasty," but there was no chaste symbolism intended for the epic bow. “We found this Kate Spade dress online and we added a matching cardigan to make it more Emma. This wasn’t intentional [to match the scene]. We usually do try to pick out the outfits for the scenes, but sometimes we have fourteen people in ten different outfits and it's not possible."
There it is again! A bow the size of her face smacked on her chest! J'adore!!! And this would probably be my mom's favorite outfit because it is purple.
Episode 17: Bad Reputation
“I found this ‘Hello’ [telephone] pin at the vintage expo and loved it so much I had to create an ensemble to go with it. We picked this because it was a stronger and bolder outfit for her” for a scene in which Sue revs her up to call Will a “slut” in the teacher’s lounge. “We wanted something that made her feel confident because she had to confront Will. Not one of her girly, colorful outfits.”
She looks furious here! And even in the midst of her angst ridden speech to Will, she looks good in these nautical inspired number.
Episode 22: Journey
In the season finale, Emma confronts Figgins about the dissolution of the glee club. “She hardly wears dark colors; navys and blacks are very rare on her. We wanted to pick a bold statement [because of this scene] ... Without the Peter Pan collar, it was just a bit too cool, add the collar — instant Emma.”
This is my favorite Emma look. The flower print cardigan matches the polka dotted skirt perfectly!
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