One could argue that the main character in Netflix's The Get Down is 1970s New York. It's also an era that ushered in the first traces of hip hop and its accompanying style.
At the helm of mastering the look and feel of that time was Baz Luhrman's wife and creative partner Catherine Martin and Costume Designer Jeriana San Juan. San Juan told Vogue:
On Getting the gig: [Baz is] an incredible visual director and storyteller, and I thought it was an incredible opportunity.
On using previous experience to channel the 70s: We started talking about key style points, and whatwe visually really respond to: fashionable moments of the late ’70s, cool underground things from the late ’70s, sneaker culture, and twinning which was a popular thing in the ’70s, early ’80s. I explained to her that I used to twin with my cousin all the time.
I’ve been a costume designer in New York City for a little over ten years now and I got my start in clothes from my grandmother who taught me how to sew. I’m a first-generation American born to a Cuban family, so I felt such a great deal of my childhood was growing up in New York and I told her how intimate this topic was and how connected to this story I was, with kids creating style with very little resources.
On Sourcing and Inspiration: Basically I created this list of all of these documentaries and movies to watch, and Baz passed on to me 10 years worth of categorized research down to what DJs were popular on the radio, who was president, who was mayor, who was governor, to what were the fashion designers that were at the top of their game and the most successful. It was incredible—I honestly never had had that experience before, where I walked into such a well-researched show.
Part of that research was the relationships that Baz had made with Grandmaster Flash and Joe Conzo, the original graffiti artists, and Lady Pink, who is the first lady of graffiti. There was this very open door policy between me and the people who are at the center of this story and at the center of this movement who were basically very much a part of the story we were telling. Talking to them, we could gather photos of what they looked like, what their friends looked like, and what exact sneaker they wore, what was the cut of the jean—all of those details they were able to give me directly.
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