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Veep Style - Everyone hates Jonah

I’d meant to include this in my earlier post, but ran out of space - and it wasn’t really relevant anyway, as Jonah’s costuming doesn’t really have anything remotely in common with Amy’s.  But if you want to know why EVERYONE hates Jonah, just look at the way he dresses.

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New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2014

  • Best Picture - Boyhood
  • Best Director - Richard Linklater - Boyhood
  • Best Actor - Timothy Spall - Mr. Turner
  • Best Actress - Marion Cotillard - The Immigrant / Two Days, One Night
  • Best Supporting Actor - J. K. Simmons - Whiplash
  • Best Supporting Actress - Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
  • Best Screenplay .- The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Best Animated Film - The LEGO Movie
  • Best Foreign Film - IDA
  • Best Documentary - Citizenfour
  • Best First Film - The Babadook
Veep Style (or my longest post ever)

The way Veep uses costumes to demonstrate character has interested me for a while, and so I’m diving in to the subject just this once.  Everything I learned about ‘reading’ costume I learned from reading Tom and Lorenzo’s Mad Style recaps (if you’re a Mad Men fan who’s somehow never encountered them, go forth and read).  Needless to say, this won’t be anywhere near as comprehensive, and in fact will be chiefly focused on one character, which is Amy.

There’s a simple reason for this - Amy is the most dynamic dresser on the show.  Which isn’t to say that she’s necessarily stylish - Selina knows how to dress to convey very specific messages (as does Dan), something Amy mostly doesn’t do (with one hilarious exception).  But there are two reasons why Amy’s style changes so much more than anyone else’s over the course of the show.  

Within the world of the show, Amy starts off as a comparatively young woman (say approximately 30 at the beginning?), and one who has never felt particularly comfortable with her own beauty or confident in her ability to attract men.  She also desperately wants to be taken seriously in an environment that is not particularly friendly to her.  Outside the world of the show, Anna Chlumsky has had two babies - which means her body has gone through far more dramatic changes than any other member of the main cast.  (Reid Scott and Timothy Simmons’ receding hairlines don’t really compare).  

So let’s look at season one.

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