“Pretty Little Liars: The Original Scene” costume designer Megan Stark Evans is reimagining the fashion from the popular franchise for HBO Max’s reboot. To do this, she put together an elaborate and well-researched wardrobe for the main characters Imogen (Bailey Madison), Tabby (Chandler Kinney), Farran (Zariah), Mouse (Malia Pyles), Noah (Maia Refico), and Karen and Kelly. . Beasley (Mallory Bechtel).
With more than 400 costume changes in the first season, there’s plenty to unpack and reconnect with in the original series that debuted on Freeform in 2010. The setting has changed — Rosewood was brought to life from a stage in L.A., while Millwood is an imagined blue-collar factory town filmed in upstate New York — and so are the wardrobes.
Evans, who previously worked on the Oscar-winning “Sound of Metal” and FX’s “A Teacher,” noted the difference to PopSugar via email. “Our ‘PLL’ is more grounded, fun, a mix of gritty realism with teen fashion,” he said. “The original ‘PLL’ used a lot of heels, short fancy dresses and light jackets since they often shot indoors. We were shooting outside in 0-degree weather with snow on the ground. It made the style more natural by default.”
High heels are not a staple in their stylish assortment. “Today, it’s all about cool chunky sneakers, block-heeled Mary Janes, menswear-inspired footwear like loafers, solid flats or platform combat boots. Our liars are exploring mysteries and running from A to Millwood’s gritty terrain, and they can’ on spiked heel platforms. Don’t do it.”
Photo credit: Megan Stark EvansAbove: Megan Stark Evans on the set of “Pretty Little Liars: Original Scene.”
However, Evans was still influenced by some of the early characters created by I. Marlene King. Although he didn’t speak to the original costume team, he was sure to draw subtle connections. “You can tell that Tabby has shades of Spencer’s (Troian Bellisario) preppy style shown through her edgy menswear, Noah translates some of Emily’s (Shay Mitchell) sporty style, and is inspired by Karen Allison’s (Sasha Peters) consistent use of pink. And perfectly tailored clothes,” she said. “Rosewood varsity jackets can even be seen in the carnival episode, and the group of Rosewood High girls featured in the carnival is directly inspired by the original PLL.”
Evans made sure that more than half of each character’s clothing was vintage or expensive, and he tapped smaller designers for a unique, high-low look that mimics everyday street style.
Ahead, he shares his mood board for the entire cast, along with some personal behind-the-scenes shots.