Euphoria's Costume Designer Breaks Down the Looks in the Special Episode — Yes, Rue's Red Hoodie Is Back
Euphoria's cast and crew know damn well we're waiting for Rue and Jules to come back into our lives — perhaps not so patiently. HBO's release of two special bridge episodes in between seasons one and two, titled "Rue," are the solution. The first episode airs in the UK on Sky Atlantic on Sunday 6 Dec. From the trailer, it's fair to assume Rue harps on her decision to let Jules leave town without her, calling Ali, her unofficial sponsor, for advice. While we weren't exactly surprised to see that her red hoodie makes a comeback — you know, the one she wears often in memory of her dad — we did have questions for costume designer Heidi Bivens about what it's like to pick up and style two freestanding episodes rather than a season all at once.
Bivens confirmed that we'll see a lot of flashbacks in "Rue: Part 1," so there aren't a ton of new looks. "I had started prepping season two earlier this year before the pandemic hit, so when production came back up to do the two bridge episodes, I was already in good shape and prepared," she told POPSUGAR. Euphoria was set to resume filming season two in March, right before the crew closed up shop due to COVID-19 safety measures and restrictions. As far as calling in new product goes, Bivens had a leg up. She also noted the difference in fine-tuning a character's style over time working on a television series in comparison to a film feature, where you can't be as experimental with clothing.
"Euphoria, as a television show, gives more of an opportunity to get to know the characters and create nuance in the costumes where needed or wanted. Because each season shoots over many months, it gives [me] time to try many things," she said. For the special episodes, that included collaborating with t-shirt brand Online Ceramics, and ensuring that Rue continued to dress from a perspective that speaks to her character's rollercoaster of experiences. Ahead, get a few sneak peeks of the outfits worn in the upcoming episode.