“Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Costume Designer Shops in New York State

When Ben Philipp heard the news, he almost threw up on his desk. “I was shocked,” he said. “It was a surprise.”

Philipp is an assistant costume designer for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Amazon Prime’s period comedy about a 1950s New York housewife who discovers her talent for stand-up comedy. The news was a 2022 Emmy Nomination for Best Period Costume.

“It’s a thrill and an honor,” said Philipp. “I was just standing at my desk having a cup of coffee and the head costume designer – Donna Zakowska – said, ‘I just got a text that says congratulations and I don’t know what it’s about. . No one knew it was happening that day.

While this isn’t the first costume nomination for the cult favorite, it’s the first time Philipp has been included on the ballot. He joined the show midway through its first season, which debuted on Amazon Prime in 2017. Earlier this year, the show was renewed for a fifth and final season.

The nomination concerns season four, part of which Philipp spent in confinement in the Hudson Valley. “I bought a house two weeks before closing time,” he said. “I couldn’t have been luckier. We found this house – it’s this 200 year old house in the Hudson Valley that had been on the market for a year and a half right there. I l felt like we got the final deal.

The case was in Salt Point, near Clinton Corners. As an assistant, Philipp’s job is to find vintage clothes for the show. For the uninitiated: the clothes are essentially their own character in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” You could pretty much turn off the volume on any episode and watch a quiet but meticulous documentary about the history of 1950s fashion. “It says so much about the characters. You watch how they’re dressed, and it tells you a lot about who that person is,” Philipp said.

Working on this final season, Philipp never knew how long he was going to be upstate. He kept thinking he would be asked to return to the New York studio where the series is filmed. But the weeks passed.

“I continued to work from home. Basically, I would wake up, sit at my computer, go to Etsy, and shop for clothes. I had everything shipped here. The postman kept dropping off boxes of ladies’ hats,’ he said.

Production of the show continued during the lockdown, forcing Philipp to do most of his shopping online. “The postman kept dropping off boxes of ladies’ hats,” he said.

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While shopping, he marveled at how special it was to be able to work when everything felt stacked against him, the show staff, the world at large. “I remember the excitement when everyone was able to take the day off to get vaccinated, try to be in a safe place with colleagues and make it happen,” he said. “They’ve done an incredible job of keeping us all safe and letting us put on a show that didn’t happen during a pandemic.”

Philipp also remembers the specific joy of being able to support the many vintage clothing dealers he has built relationships with over the years. “It was great to be sitting at home on Etsy shopping for hats and jewelry and dresses and getting notes from people saying, ‘Thank you. You saved my business. You just paid my rent.

There’s an episode of “Mrs. Maisel” — Season Two, Episode Four, to be exact — that was filmed on location in the Catskills. The characters travel upstate to an old-school beach resort for the summer. The clothes—heaps of leisure wear for the start, over-the-top outfits for the lake—are a main plot point.” When I meet someone and talk about how I’m working on the show, everyone loves the Catskills episode,” Philipp said.

He was not personally on the set of Deposit, where the scenes were filmed; he was in New York preparing for Maisel’s future adventures. Still, he was particularly fond of the uniforms, including some shockingly skimpy red shorts worn by station staff. Zakowska, the head costume designer, won it second Emmy for the episode Catskills.

Philipp also shopped locally for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” including at Hudson’s Antiques Mall, Sideshow Clothing Company in Craryville, and Millbrook Antiques Center, where he picked up a “magnificent” teal bouclé coat. from the 60s.

“I walk into these local antique stores and it drives my partner crazy,” Philipp said. “He’s looking for the house stuff, and I’m looking for women’s gloves.”

There are also two “wonderful” costume rental houses that Philipp frequents in the area: Daybreak Vintage Rentals in Albany and Right to the Moon Alice at Roscoe. “It’s a labyrinth of 20th century clothing. It’s so fascinating that there’s this company in a barn in the middle of the Catskills that supports so many TV shows and movies. I think she provided the original dress for the little girl in “Stranger Things”. They made Halloween costumes out of this dress!

These days Philipp, who went to college and graduate school in theater and costume design, is mostly a weekend in Salt Point, although when production is on hiatus he happily spends more time locally. He was first drawn to the area because he has friends and colleagues who have homes here. Plus, he loves being outdoors. “My partner and I are both from the South. We were brought up with outdoor spaces, it’s not something you get in town,” he said.

He has no plans so far to go to the Emmys, which will take place on September 12 — or, more importantly, what he might wear. “I haven’t thought that far yet. Maybe something vintage.

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