Ileana’s visit to The Office

Ileana, OfficeTally regular and designer for industry publication Below the Line, got a chance to visit the set of The Office today to interview costumer designer, Carey Bennett.

Following is Ileana’s trip report; the full interview will appear in BtL’s September issue.

I arrived on the set around 1pm and met with Carey Bennett (costume designer). She took us to her office and introduced us to her crew. Then after talking for a bit, she gave us a tour of all the costumes. That was one of my favorite things to see!

There are a couple of racks and every character has their own area. There’s a top and a bottom and they place most of the tops and accessories on top and bottoms on the bottom.

Michael’s wardrobe: I always imagined Michael’s suits being really expensive but most of them are from Sears. Carey said they like using suits that have two buttons. That’s why they shop at Sears a lot; it’s one of the few stores that still carry suits with two buttons. Other stores have three or more button suits and she thinks that gives it more of a European look.

Jim’s wardrobe: I noticed Jim’s wardrobe had a lot of flannel ties. Carey said they want it to seem like he doesn’t really care about shopping for new clothes so he gets a lot of stuff from his dad. Flannel ties are important because they have a 70s look. But because it’s hard to find flannel ties, they have had to make a lot of them.

Pam’s wardrobe: I can’t say too much but Pam’s was interesting. There will be a few changes with her wardrobe in season 4. Very cute stuff! And, I saw her famous Keds!

Angela’s wardrobe: Her wardrobe was a lot of fun. I found out they do some of her shopping at Bebe. That made me laugh because that doesn’t seem like a store Angela would choose :)

There’s so much that goes on in wardrobe but I’ll wait until my coworker writes her article. I don’t want to spoil anything. I’ll send you a copy of the article once we publish it!

After seeing the costumes, Carey took us to see the set. Everyone was at lunch so the set was empty at the time. You were right, Jennie. Getting to see all the desks up close was great! There are a lot of little details! I’ve been on other sets but this one is different. It feels like a real office.

We met the “lighting guy” after our tour and had a chance to talk to him for a while. He introduced us to everyone in the lighting department and gave us a behind-the-scenes look at what they do. We were able to go on the set with them a few times. It was fun watching them film! I can’t say anything about what I saw, though ;)

As for the cast, I did see everyone except for Angela because she went home early. I talked to Jenna a few times, Oscar, Ed and Creed (very funny!). Jenna was very sweet and even remembered a comment I left on her blog earlier. So for anyone who doubts that she reads all of her comments, trust me, she DOES!

I had a great time. Everyone is great!