3 series from Ryan Murphy whose style and look inspire us

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RATCHED (L to R) SARAH PAULSON as MILDRED RATCHED in episode 101 of RATCHED Cr. SAEED ADYANI/NETFLIX © 2020

The man who got the ball rolling with Nip/Tuck and Glee is now one of the most-watched showrunners on Netflix following the success of American Horror Story. From Ratched and Hollywood to American Crime Story, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: here are the coolest and most stylish series by Ryan Murphy. (Spoiler alert.)

Ratched

Netflix’s newest favourite is Ratched, the prequel to the cult film One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. The series has managed to capture the general public’s attention despite critics pointing out some weaknesses when you compare it to the 1975 masterpiece. Ryan Murphy has brought Mildred Ratched, the sadistic nurse from Milos Forman’s multi Oscar-winning film, to life and immerses audiences in a world that’s as morose and morbid as it is bright and beautiful. The 8-episode series stars the fabulous Sarah Paulson and is set in 1947 in the heart of North California with staggering scenery (a retro seaside motel tucked into a cliffside, a psychiatric hospital inspired by Arrowhead Springs Hotel in San Bernardino) and characters dressed up to the nines in costumes designed by Lou Eyrich and Rebecca Guzzi. Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock films and Christian Dior’s New Look period, the saturated colours and terribly elegant outfits are fascinating. The nurses wear blue-green four-ply silk uniforms. Sarah Paulson wears sharp outfits that highlight her shoulders and hourglass shape finished with fedoras or silk gloves. Sharon Stone, still paired with her little monkey, goes for Hollywood looks inspired by Greta Garbo’s glamorous and luxurious outfits: furs, diamonds and silk are almost always a feature.

Hollywood

The 7-episode series Hollywood launched in May to bring us an inclusive and feminist take on a time when the reality of cinema was anything but. The pitch? It’s 1947-48 and actors dream of starring on the silver screen, many of them former veterans. In Ryan Murphy’s mind, the actor Rock Hudson came out, a young black actress starred in a blockbuster written by a homosexual black scriptwriter and directed by a young mixed race prodigy. A woman ran a major film studio and prostitution was a mainly male trade. Hollywood’s screenplay undeniably opens your mind but it sparks your imagination too. It’s a feast for the eyes with 50s glamour showcased by tight belted dresses, boleros, gloves and pearl necklaces. The sharp impeccable uniforms and caps worn by service station workers are inspired by army pilots. Camille Washington (Laura Harrier) owns vintage yellow and caramel prints, leopard furs and feathers are mind-blowing on Avis Amberg (Patti LuPone) and the flamboyant red outfits worn by Claire Wood (Samara Weaving) highlight her cute little Marylin Monroe side.

American Crime Story : The Assassination of Gianni Versace

The Assassination of Gianni Versace is a 2018 series that depicts the run-up to – and fall-out from – the iconic Italian designer Gianni Versace’s brutal murder at the hands of serial killer Andrew Cunanan on July 15th 1997. In the late 80s and early 90s, Versace’s world dazzled with gold, baroque prints and stacks of gems that made its mark on fashion history. The series stars Penelope Cruz as Donatella and Ricky Martin as Gianni’s boyfriend Antonio D’Amico. Once again with the help of costume designer Lou Eyrich, Ryan Murphy brings us a veritable feast for the eyes. There are countless iconic Versace pieces with western inspiration, corsets, leather pieces… and all without the help of the brand itself as the Versace family wanted no part in the project. That said, the series was shot in Miami at Casa Casuarina, the designer’s famous opulent home sold by his sister in 2000.

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