Masters of sex

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while masters of sex (2013-cur­rent) char­ac­ters bill masters (michael sheen) and vir­ginia john­son (lizzy ca­plan) are sneak­ing around re­search­ing sex, tv­plus snuck around try­ing to find out how the show’s sets and wardrobe come to­gether. while the show’s set in 1958, wardrobe de­signer ane crab­tree based the cos­tumes on run­way looks from 1950 to 1953 be­cause peo­ple in the mid­west wouldn’t have been that fash­ion-for­ward. prop master jef­frey john­son had to buy vin­tage con­doms be­cause mod­ern ones look dis­tinctly dif­fer­ent. the pe­riod-au­then­tic ekg and eeg (elec­tro­car­dio­g­ra­phy and elec­troen­cephalog­ra­phy) ma­chines were hired from a new york col­lec­tor whose fa­ther was a car­di­ol­o­gist. aside from the two sin­gle beds in bill and libby’s (caitlin fitzger­ald) bed­room, the bare glossy cream walls add to the im­pres­sion of steril­ity – an in­di­ca­tor of their love­less mar­riage. un­emo­tional bill de­lib­er­ately has a min­i­mal­is­tic-look­ing house. “his house re­flects the idea of con­trol. we didn’t like it at first be­cause it made it look like we couldn’t af­ford set dress­ing,” says pro­duc­tion de­signer michael wylie. the masters’ fur­ni­ture was sourced in la and re­stored to look new. ane had to have cos­tumes spe­cially made be­cause most of the cast are so tall. while caitlin is 1.78m, teddy sears (au­gust) is 1.85m and ni­cholas d’agosto (ethan) is 1.93m tall. “tall doesn’t trans­late to vin­tage cloth­ing,” ane ex­plains. the cast wore un­com­fort­able 1950s undies be­cause “you walk dif­fer­ently in them. if you have a gir­dle on, your body does this beau­ti­ful tiny wig­gle, which you can see with lizzy and caitlin,” says ane. the ekg/ecg wires dur­ing sex scenes didn’t just look awk­ward, they’d also slip off when the cast got sweaty and the cam­eras had to avoid show­ing that they weren’t con­nected to any­thing ei­ther.

sea­son 1 lifetime 20:00 episode 2 “kindly strip, dr masters is ready for you.”

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