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The big mind behind costume design in great theatres and television hits like "The Purge: Anarchy", "Young Sheldon" "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" and "This Is Us" and Emmy-nominated Hala Bahmet, born in St. Paul, Minnesota is one of the biggest mysteries of the internet with no information of her personal life rather than his huge success at work.Earlier Career: Viridis Luxe
Before getting closer to the big screen, Bahmet's designer career already begun. During the Spring of 2008, going through Summer and the transition until Fall and Spring of 2009, Hala Bahmet created a series of collections called "Viridis Luxe" that was focused on providing a sustainable but always fashion and luxury style to those women who decided to tread lightly around the world.
The aesthetic of Viridis Luxe is based on the personification of a smoother chic, their signature is marked with organic fabric -exclusive for the line- made with a blend of cashmere and long-fiber hemp. Also, the collection includes bamboo t-shirts and exclusive editions of sheer silk-hemp jersey tops. The prior mission of Viridis Luxe is making revolutionary clothing with eco-friendly and sustainable methods.Decades Of Style: Inspiration For Her Work
Is well known that one thing that represents the style of Hala Bahmet is her creativity to explore different topics through its wardrobe. From the mixture of vintage and contemporary fashion showed in Riverdale, going through sexism and feminism with the Kardashians in The People V. O.J. Simpson until different decades of fashion expressed in her biggest success "This Is Us".
In the case of Riverdale, Hala Bahmet took inspiration from "Archie Comics" to dress up the whole cast, complemented with female empowerment and open attitudes pro-homosexuality. Keeping in mind the whole fusion of time-honored characters and every new perspective Bahmet guarantee an aesthetic fusion of contemporary fashion and modern style giving to the characters a retro feeling.
The throwback costumes of Bahmet for Riverdale take inspiration in 1942. Otherwise, in the case of This Is Us Hala had the big challenge of finding stylish options for her characters. She searched for a cool and timeless young people that use classic things looking opting for classic Levi's 501s. Also, she used a lot of '70s polyester suits, denim ponchos and traditional white uniforms for the nurses.
For her protagonist in This Is Us, Milo Ventimiglia, that stars as Jack Pearson were easier to dress because of his CrossFit-looking giving him the chance to suit into every vintage style perfectly framed in a '40s style. On the other hand, Rebecca Pearson represented by Mandy Moore was also dressed in a vintage style but always keeping cohesive elements that work whether it's 1975 or 2016.This Is Us
Now, what is the series that shoot Hala Bahmet's career up to the sky about? This Is Us is a television drama premiered on NBC and created by Dan Fogelman. Starred by Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling Brown, Chrissy Metz and others that tell the story of the life of two parents and their three children who born on the same day as their father's birthday.
Since its premiere, the series has been recognized as one of the best drama television series receiving nominations at the 74th Golden Globe Awards, the 7th Critics' Choice Awards, and the Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series, Best Television Series, and Top Television Program.
The work of Bahmet has been nominated for "Outstanding Costumes for a Contemporary Series, Limited Series or Movie", nevertheless, the nomination was annulled after determinating that the episode "Moonshadow" was set in the 1970s, violating the rule that "more than 50 percent" of the episode must be within 25 years of the air date.Life On TV: Commercials
The work of Hala Bahmet doesn't stop in movies or series, also she has been part of big commercials for brands like Cadillac, Jaguar, and Mercedes. Other brands that Bahmet worked with are Coke, Capitol One, AT&T, Marshalls, Mattel, Walmart, Hyundai, Mini Cooper, Taco Bell, and Heineken.Directors and Films
Hala Bahmet's trajectory through show business has been long, giving her the chance to work with several directors like Doug Liman, Larry Charles, John O'Hagan, Baker Smith, Jim Jenkins, Paul Street, Stacy Wall, Gerard De Buscemi and Adam Shankman, among other ones.
In the other hand, Bahmet's work has been sent to the big screen in several deliveries like "The Purge: Anarchy", "House of Sand and Fog" and "Sweetwater". Every work that she has made have a visual impact on the audience because of the contemporaneity of every wardrobe present on the screen with the capability of adapting to any style or fashion era.
Her most recent work "The Purge: Anarchy" is an American dystopian film of horror and action that explain the growth of Los Angeles' society during 2023 where every year has celebrated a purge, a 12-hour period where every crime is legal with no interventions of the authorities. In that period, every citizen prepares to blockade themselves indoors or to commit acts of violence.
For this work, the inspiration of Bahmet is based in the 70s and 80s genre highlights represented by the cast as a group that survives inside a chaotic city at the edge of hysteria. Those concepts were exposed in a scare zone during Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Parks & Resorts in 2014 and during the "Terror Tram" in Orlando.
The work of Hala Bahmet serves as an inspiration for other costume designers as long as she keeps bringing that contemporaneity to her wardrobes in every project. The capability of incorporating different fashion eras like she did in "This Is Us" is one of the principal points that position Bahmet's work inside the preferences of independent cinema as well as big projects either for television, theatre or the big screen bringing back old fashions to the modern luxury fashion world of the actual time creating vanguard wardrobes that acclimate to any year.