For Salem, Season 2, Period Corsets® outfitted the dark world of the Essex witches coven. Each character had their own unique signature silhouette and colorway, which quietly molded their personality for the screen. The costume's role in theatre and film is to help build the character presented before us. The use of color and subtle details silently sways our perception of a character and allows the actor to truly become that person. Salem was no exception in utilizing the costume to further develop each character.
|The cast of Salem, Season 2|
|Mary's corset by Period Corsets®, shown with lace collar and skirt by the Salem costumers.|
|Some of Mary's wardrobe of boned bodices by Period Corsets®|
|Gold lame' beaded boned bodice for Mary by Period Corsets®|
Anne Hale, Coming into Power-
|Designer's sketch, boned bodice by Period Corsets®, on screen with finishing touches|
Only slight touches of finery were added to Anne's finished ensembles, thus keeping her look simple, but socially above that than the average villager. It will be interesting to see how she blossoms and moves into her new role as one of the "power witches" of Salem, and how that will affect her wardrobe for Season 3.
|Anne Hale in quiet blues and purples|
Titubas corsets were constructed in rough, natural fibers such as linens and chenille, all in darker hues of navy or black. Although she has a low-standing position in society, she still conveys an alluring air about her. Her tightly-laced corsets, worn over loose, off the shoulder chemises, featured seductive front lacing and cleavage enhancing support.
|Tituba's signature corset with front lacing and tie-on straps, all by Period Corsets®|
|Some of Tituba's many leather corsets made by Period Corsets®|
Mercy Lewis, to the Depths and Back-
Mercy continued her struggle to gain power, uniting for a time with the Countess Marburg. Together she hoped they could steal the witch throne from Mary Sibley. For Season 2, Mercy's rise from the ashes was a grand one. We see her go from dirty rags to elegant silks in heavily-decorated gowns fit for a princess or protege' of the Countess Marburg.
|Mercy in a coral brocade "Marie Antoinette" corset with tie-on sleeves by Period Corsets®|
To exemplify Mercy's rise, designer Joseph Porro created gorgeous ensembles in rich pinks and sweet lilacs. Her attire exuded femininity with added bows, ruffles, flowers and trims.
Once they reached the design teams costume shop on location, our corsets and boned bodices-much like Mercy's transformation- underwent a dramatic change of their own . Based on the designer's requests, Period Corsets built many bodices that were base garments for the costumers to embellish. Although initially the bodices were beautiful on their own, the addition of multiple layers of ribbons, trims and other details, created pieces that are works of art.
|Mercy's corset by Period Corsets® before and after the many bows, lace and trim added by Salem costumers.|
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