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At least the shoes don’t suck. HBO’s vampire hit “True Blood” is probably best known for its racy nude scenes, but the show’s costume designer, Audrey Fisher, told Insider a lot goes into finding those dark and delicious stilettos and boots featured every Sunday night.
To outfit demure waitress Sookie (Anna Paquin) and her blood-sucking lover Bill (Stephen Moyer), as well as Louisiana’s vampire sheriff Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) and his fashionable progeny Pam (Kristin Bauer, at left), Fisher has staked out styles from Apepazza, Giuseppe Zanotti and just about every brand in between.
“I shop everywhere for our show, from Goodwill to Neiman Marcus,” Fisher said, ticking off Aldo, Bebe, Steve Madden, Pour La Victoire, Jeffrey Campbell, John Varvatos and Target as some of her favorite go-to brands.
“I use every resource available to me to get everyone shod well,” she said. And it looks like Fisher’s hard work has been recognized by the show’s writers.
“I became so obsessed with getting Pam the perfect hot shoe for her [ladylike] and vampy costumes that they started putting her fabulous footwear into the script, and her shoes started getting cameos.”
Who makes the show’s best-dressed list?
“The Queen (Evan Rachel Wood, at left) has a 1940s vibe, but she’s really quite a dominatrix. And happily, Wood adores beautiful, sky-high shoes, so I can really go nuts with her footwear. I put her in a gorgeous pair of DSquared heels with her white Norma Kamali swimsuit at the end of last season, and this season she rocked an even higher Bebe wooden platform sandal.”
The men aren’t too shabby either. Who tops that list?
“Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis). He wears a lot of fashiony Timberlands and really cool kicks that coordinate with his crazy outfits, [like a pair] of candy-apple, patent high-tops.”
How tough is it to find blood-friendly footwear?
“We usually have to get the shoes appropriately ‘rubbered’ so the actor has good traction. And, of course, we often have to get multiples of the shoes because if there’s blood involved we have to be ready with a backup.”
What’s been the most memorable style?
“An incredible pair of Giuseppe Zanotti bejeweled mules with a sexy, skinny wooden stacked heel. Lorena (Mariana Klaveno) wore [those] last season [when] she stomped on vampire Bill. Her wooden heel was like a mini-stake! That was really the only time I could buy such an expensive shoe, but it was a shoe and a weapon, so I had two budgets working in my favor.”