PopHorror recently had the opportunity to chat with Agata Maszkiewicz about her work as a costume designer on the hit Netflix series, Lucifer. It’s a show everyone is talking about and the costumes are to die for! In this interview, you will learn about her career, how she got involved in costume design, her inspiration behind Lucifer’s clothes / costumes, upcoming projects, and more!
PopHorror – Hi Agata. It’s great to chat with you! How has 2021 treated you so far?
Agata Maszkiewicz – Thank you for having me, so far everything is fine.
PopHorror – Glad to hear it! How long have you been a costume designer?
Agata Maszkiewicz – I have been a costume designer for 17 years.
PopHorror – Wow it’s been a long time! IIs this something you’ve always wanted to do?
Agata Maszkiewicz – Well I grew up in Poland and honestly it never occurred to me that costume design could be a real career. I studied in an artistic high school and started to learn different artistic techniques during these years, but I always had a passion and love for fashion. I also loved designing clothes and made most of my own clothes growing up. When I finished my studies, my dad was living in the United States and it was his idea that I joined him in Los Angeles to study fashion, and that’s how I ended up at the Fashion Institute for Design and Merchandising. While I was in school, I decided I wanted to become a costume designer.
PopHorror – It is impressive. How did you get involved with the hit Netflix series Lucifer?
Agata Maszkiewicz – Lucifer was stepping into Netflix and needed a costume designer. I had worked with producers Ildy Modrovich and Hilton Smith in the past on different projects and they called me and luckily I was available at that time. It was a happy time.
PopHorror – Can you tell us how you brought these characters to life with their incredible wardrobe?
Agata Maszkiewicz – When I joined the show, the characters were already very much alive and I helped them continue their journey. I joined the series after big upheavals for the characters: Chloe learns that Lucifer really is the devil, Eve arrives, Maze goes on a self-discovery mission in search of a soul, and Dr. Linda gets pregnant with a baby angel, so there was a lot going on for everyone. Inbar Lavi, who plays Eve, and I were both new to the show and both got a really warm hug from everyone. Eve being a new character, I had the opportunity to bring her to life. It was a very conscious decision to document the development of Eve’s character with the progression of the colors. It was actually Inbar’s idea that we should meet Eve for the first time in a white robe; she was new to the world and white symbolized a new beginning. From there, as we got to know the character better and she got to know herself better, we added more and more red tones. Guess I could tell we shadowed her character. Working with Tom was such a joy too, there is just something so wonderful about a good looking man in a nice suit; all of his suits and tuxedos were tailor-made for him. I also loved being there with Chloe when she was trying to find her place in the new reality where the real devil runs the nightclub. I showed her vulnerability by choosing softer hues and shapes at the start of Season 4. And sure enough, I really had fun dressing Maze; because she mainly wears black, i used a lot of interesting textures and silhouettes to give her look some dimension on camera. I don’t so secretly wish her closet was mine!
PopHorror – Thank you for all the insight into the series. What inspired this style of clothing?
Agata Maszkiewicz – Inspiration comes from everywhere for me, but I especially like checking out different street style Instagram accounts. It’s wonderful to see how people express their individuality through clothing and then try to bring elements of that authentic style to the characters we create.
PopHorror – Are you satisfied with the success of the show?
Agata Maszkiewicz – Of course, it’s always great when the shows I’m working on are popular, especially in this case. Lucifer It was a beautiful show to be a part of and it was a very special group of people, I miss them very much.
PopHorror – You should be proud and I bet! If you could work on any type of movie or show in the future, is there a type of wardrobe that you would love to do that you haven’t done yet?
Agata Maszkiewicz – I would love to do a show that takes place in the Victorian era. Age of innocence is one of my favorite movies of all time and every time I meet it I can’t help but stop it all and watch it. I would also like to do a show that takes place in the 1930s in Los Angeles and recreate that era of old Hollywood glamor.
PopHorror – It would be really good. I also like these times. Any upcoming projects you would like to talk about?
Agata Maszkiewicz – I just started working on a new show for Disney + called National treasure.
PopHorror – Thanks for your time, Agata. I look forward to all your upcoming projects!