Rachel Brosnahan says the fashion in the second season of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” features some exceptional clothes, but the outfits aren’t just eye candy.

The series star says the clothes help drive the story, and get into the characters’ story arcs in some ways more deeply than the actors do.

The meticulous costumes of the 1950s-era show are crafted by designer Donna Zakowska, who series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino affectionately calls a “mad scientist.”

Zakowska matches characters’ clothes to their moods. One prominent example: the baby pink coat Brosnahan’s Maisel character wears in season one of the Amazon Prime series is ditched for darker clothing after her husband leaves her.

The designer leads a crew of at least 25 people on set to dress the principal players and the extras.

This image released by Amazon shows sketches for
This image released by Amazon shows sketches for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” by costume designer Donna Zakowska. (Amazon via AP)
This image released by Amazon shows costume designer Donna Zakowska, left, with actress Rachel Brosnahan on the set of
This image released by Amazon shows costume designer Donna Zakowska, left, with actress Rachel Brosnahan on the set of “The Marvelous Mrs. (Nicole Rivelli/Amazon via AP)
Costume Designer Donna Zakowska, along with “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” cast and directors, discuss how character personality and development influences clothing and style. (Dec. 27)
Costume Designer Donna Zakowska, along with “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” cast and directors, discuss how character personality and development influences clothing and style. (Dec. 27)

Source: The Associated Press