The script for this episode literally calls you out by name to come up with a great outfit for Debbie for her fight scene. How’s that for pressure?
Yeah, I read the script and thought, "Wow, it's on. I have to come up with the most bad-ass biker look ever." When I first started conceptualizing it, it was easy to go crazy and think of something kind of glamorous and sexy and edgy. But what I had to remember was that this girl is like a meth addict – she's addicted to V and she's a hot mess. So I really had to reel it in and make it super trashy, because that's who Debbie Pelt is. Also, I had to keep in mind that this was a pretty drag-out fight, so the costume had to be prepared for anything. I had a jacket custom-made with this red Japanese vinyl that's washed back until it looks all mottled and weird. It's got these great biker details like top-stitched elbow patches and an interesting collar. I wanted something different than black leather, so this washed red was perfect. And it gave her the freedom of movement to throw punches and have padding on her elbows.
What's it like to design costumes for a show that's notorious for its cast wearing nothing at all?
Of course, I always get the joke, "Must be easy to design the costumes since everybody's always naked ..." But the reality is that even though the nakedness makes such a huge impression, they're really not naked that often. In fact, I have to create costumes for them all the time -- and they have to be really iconic and memorable because they'll be wearing it for like three episodes ... and then taking it all off and having sex.