Stylist Tiffany Hasbourne Became A ‘Custom Queen’ Designing On ‘Atlanta’ And ‘P-Valley’

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Tiffany Hasbourne has taken her trend skills world, from her Caribbean family within the LeFrak Metropolis neighborhood in Queens, New York, to Colombia, Germany and past. However earlier than she grew to become the costume designer on Donald Glover’s FX collection “Atlanta,” she attended faculty in Georgia.

The stylist and costume designer graduated from the Artwork Institute of Atlanta with a level in laptop animation. Nevertheless, self-expression via clothes had been a standard thread via her life, relationship way back to her non-public faculty days. When Hasbourne informed her father she deliberate to change lanes to trend, he struggled to understand the idea.

“And oddly, he didn’t really understand what I did until I did the TV show ‘Shooter,’” mentioned Hasbourne, recalling the primary collection she designed on her personal. “Because of him being in the military, he was actually pretty impressed that I understood military uniforms. He was like, ‘So who do you dress on the show?’ I laughed like, ‘Everybody, Dad!’”

From costume designing on “P-Valley” to the pilot for “All American: Homecoming” to “Ballers” and different exhibits, Hasbourne has made a reputation for herself in tv and movie. She received her begin working with purchasers reminiscent of radio persona Angie Martinez, rapper Busta Rhymes and musical icon Missy Elliott; in recent times, she’s added actor Brian Tyree Henry to her roster.

“What I have learned working with Busta and Missy has made me a custom queen,” she mentioned. “Because I feel like I get to offer someone whatever they want without limitation.”

Hasbourne believes that neither her purchasers nor her profession ought to have limitations, refusing to be confined to a stylist-vs.-costume-designer binary. Reasonably, she believes within the energy of “both, and.” Hasbourne talked to HuffPost about designing the ultimate season of “Atlanta,” bridging European fashion with Southern flare, and what’s subsequent in her trend profession.

Raised within the LeFrak Metropolis neighborhood of Queens, New York, celeb stylist and costume designer Tiffany Hasbourne has labored on TV exhibits together with “P-Valley,” “Atlanta” and “Ballers.”

What’s your artistic course of for learning a personality and envisioning their fashion? From Uncle Clifford in “P-Valley” to Paper Boi and Earn in “Atlanta,” they’re every very completely different in how they current and within the messaging they’re making an attempt to ship as properly.

One of the issues I actually had to consider by way of doing Season 2 of “Atlanta,” I bear in mind my present [that I was working on] had simply shut down as a result of an actor received damage. I went on trip, and I watched all of “Atlanta” Season 1. I used to be like, “OK, how do you make this different?” At the moment, the present didn’t have some huge cash for wardrobe but, which was nice, as a result of that’s after I use my sources as a stylist. I used to be ready to herald my relationship with Adidas, which then in flip, Donald [Glover] ended up getting an Adidas deal. One of the issues that I pitched to him was what folks don’t understand is that despite the fact that artists might seem like they’ve cash, lots of people are giving them issues. We are able to make it the place he’s utilizing promo. I truly used promo to begin influencing the characters round Paper Boi and Paper Boi himself — as a result of if you’re an artist and folks offer you free stuff, you share. Donald truly associated to that as an artist, as a result of he was like, “That’s super accurate. Because I do that with [my brother] Stephen.”

I believe that was one of many issues that we have been capable of do in Season 2 by way of seeing the Prps [jeans], the Adidas, AKOO, which was an Atlanta-based model, and doing what would make sense in the true world. After I consulted for Season 3, with the European designer, I simply gave her some manufacturers that I believed the actors would put on. In fact, she did her personal factor with that. The stand-alone episodes for Season 3 that I did, they have been particular person tales, so I simply tailor-made these to what the story was. The imaginative and prescient for Season 4 was each time I’ve ever achieved a job overseas, how did that affect my explicit private fashion? What I made positive I did with Season 4 was make sure that they’re just a little bit extra elevated.

We went from watching Earn, who dropped out of Princeton, battle endlessly to seeing him fitted in designer.

Proper. It’s a kind of issues the place it’s powerful with “Atlanta” as a result of the garments are by no means Hiro [Murai]’s and Donald’s precedence. It’s concerning the story. It’s concerning the visuals by way of the way it appears to be like and what the storyline is. It needs to be subtly achieved the place it’s not of their face as a result of if it’s too contrived, they’re like, “No, no, we don’t like it.” As somebody who went to high school in Atlanta, I must actually ship Hiro an image like, “Bro, look at this dude in the mall. They do the most!” It’s that world the place, creatively, you’re making an attempt to push the envelope. You’re like, “I know you don’t want it to be this, but this is Atlanta. They’ll go broke trying to keep up!”

Series creator Donald Glover stars as Earnest "Earn" Marks in FX's "Atlanta."
Sequence creator Donald Glover stars as Earnest “Earn” Marks in FX’s “Atlanta.”

I believe it was about elevating it. After I went to shoot in Europe, watching European trend helped elevate me. I used that by way of the way it influenced Van, and the lesson of how what Paper Boi went via made Earn need to elevate as a supervisor and be taken significantly. One of the enjoyable characters to all the time put wild stuff on, which is definitely fairly straightforward as a result of they really push you to go left, is LaKeith [Stanfield]’s character. As a result of Darius has all the time sort of gone left. I really feel like, as odd as it’s, there’s a variety of stress in making his character stand out, but additionally making it the place it’s cool sufficient that folks can also relate to it.

Inform me about the way you handled that transition, from emulating European fashion to conveying the place they’re now geographically and professionally. What can we count on from the remainder of Season 4, and the way would you describe the characters’ fashion evolutions this season?

The gorgeous factor about “Atlanta” is that every season has nothing to do with the opposite. There was one thing attention-grabbing about it, as a result of I had a dialog with the costume designer that was going to do the European portion of it. They went to Europe, they shot it, and I had no clue what they landed on or what they ended up doing. They got here again, we did all of Season 4, then we shot all the stand-alone episodes for Season 3. I used to be capable of ask, “Can I see a few pictures of what you did in Europe?” However to me, it didn’t matter as a result of I believe every episode is so completely different. So long as I had the query in my head: How have been you influenced if you lived overseas, and the way can we use that to play into these characters? That was all the time the inspiration for me by way of the place I went with the characters.

I had waited for years for the present to return again. It was such a tough dynamic for me, as a result of I had shot half of the film “Hustle” with Adam Sandler. I used to be supposed to return and end the second half, but it surely was clashing with the timing of Season 4. I used to be like, “I gotta go back and finish what I started with ‘Atlanta.’” I’ve a storyboard that I just about offered to Hiro and Donald for each episode earlier than we did it and shopped it. I knew precisely what I wished for every episode. Once I learn it, I knew precisely what I wished these characters to seem like. I might inform my consumers verbatim, “I’m looking for this. This is what I want. I want this. Here’s a visual of it,” even all the way down to what I wished the looters to seem like.

"One of the fun characters to always put wild stuff on, which is actually pretty easy because they actually push you to go left, is LaKeith’s character. Because Darius has always kind of gone left," Hasbourne said.
“One of the fun characters to always put wild stuff on, which is actually pretty easy because they actually push you to go left, is LaKeith’s character. Because Darius has always kind of gone left,” Hasbourne mentioned.

You got here from a background the place you styled athletes. How have these expertise carried over into your work in costume design on tv?

One of the explanations I believe Lev [Stephen Levinson] employed me for “Ballers” is as a result of he didn’t even understand dressing athletes’ our bodies can be a problem. After I was dressing LeSean “Shady” McCoy, though “Shady” wasn’t the largest, he had large thighs as a result of he was a working again. It was like what denims are good for a working again? Ones which have stretch, that give within the thighs, so AG denims. With every mission, I’ve discovered to do what’s finest for the actor. Engaged on “Atlanta,” I now have grow to be Brian Tyree Henry’s stylist. One of the issues that I really like about him is on his press tour for “Bullet Train,” GQ named him top-of-the-line dressed on the press tour. One of the challenges for him is that he isn’t essentially pattern dimension. You should purchase him off the rack, however he isn’t pattern dimension. Then on high of that, he’s actually busy. He doesn’t have time, on a regular basis to do fittings, pull a bunch of stuff, for us to have an hour becoming, then let a tailor have two hours to do alterations. One of the issues that I really like is we do a variety of {custom} items for him. The factor that I really like about that’s I nonetheless get to make him really feel good in his physique.

One of issues I liked about “In Treatment” with Uzo [Aduba] — as a result of Uzo’s not plus dimension, she’s curvy — we have been capable of do monochromatic sizzling pink. I’m positive you perceive being tall, you typically have to purchase an even bigger dimension simply to get the size of one thing appropriately, then you need to take the pants in or do one thing else. Then, they need to provide it in black or grey or blue, however what in order for you yellow?

What I’ve discovered working with Busta [Rhymes] and Missy [Elliott] has made me a {custom} queen. As a result of I really feel like I get to supply somebody no matter they need with out limitation. If [“P-Valley” creator] Katori [Hall] says, “I want something green,” I don’t simply return to her and say, “They don’t have any green suits in the store.” No, I am going make it. It opens your palette by way of what you are able to do in case you’re keen to go {custom}. From athletes to curvy girls to males which might be taller and/or broader, it’s all about tailoring one thing to an individual. With Uncle Clifford, have you learnt how arduous it’s to seek out girls’s clothes for a person that’s over 6 toes tall? After I got here in [on “P-Valley”] all of the tailors there have been careworn, and what I used to be capable of do was take my styling sources and go to 5001 in New York and have them make Lil’ Murda’s fur cape, go to Alba designs in LA and order Uncle Clifford’s swimsuit for the grand reopening of the Pynk. You’re capable of go to those completely different sources and produce all of them collectively.

What was it like costume designing on “P-Valley”?

Whenever you are available in midseason on a present like “P-Valley,” as a designer, I attempt to be very respectful of what the designer earlier than me began by way of what their imaginative and prescient is. One of the issues that I liked about Katori in our dialog was she was open to what my model of these characters have been. For me, leaping in, it was like, “OK, well, what did I miss? Where’s Lil’ Murda now? Had he been on tour? He has been on tour. So he’s made a little money — and what does that look like? If he’s standing next to Tina Snow and he’s performing, what does that look like?” One of the attractive issues about Uncle Clifford is Nicco [Annan] is so hands-on; he already has a imaginative and prescient. With him, creating Uncle Clifford appears to be like are like enjoying tennis. He’ll be like, “I like this,” after which it’s my job to take no matter that model is and elevate it or convey it to life. I bear in mind in Season 2, after they’re standing within the poppy fields, and he’s holding the umbrella. There’s a scene the place he’s in these fields, once more, speaking to Corbin, and we performed off the affect of “The Color Purple,” when Celie’s sister and her youngsters got here and there was that flowing material. We have been impressed by a designer who had all these completely different materials and received a custom-made outfit, the place he’s standing close to his Cadillac and there are the blowing items within the wind.

Nicco Annan (left) stars alongside J. Alphonse Nicholson in the Starz series "P-Valley" as Uncle Clifford & Lil' Murda, respectively.
Nicco Annan (left) stars alongside J. Alphonse Nicholson within the Starz collection “P-Valley” as Uncle Clifford & Lil’ Murda, respectively.

Inform me about your journey into styling and costume design. Who ignited the spark for you?

My mom. I went to personal faculty till I received to highschool, and I needed to beg to go to public highschool. To ensure that my father to permit me to go, I needed to get accepted to a specialised highschool, which was then the Excessive Faculty of Style Industries. Going to a non-public faculty, despite the fact that you put on a uniform, what most individuals didn’t understand was you’re making an attempt to separate your individuality from everyone else who wears the identical factor as you. One of the issues that I used to take pleasure in was buying with my mom. I bear in mind going buying with my mom on South Road in Philly and [visiting] this little vintage store or classic store, and she or he purchased me this fork and spoon earring. Folks have been like, “Why the fork and spoon?” and I used to be like, “I don’t know. I just think it’s cool!”

Particularly if you go to a non secular faculty the place you’re the minority — I went to St. John’s in Queens in Faculty Level. Then, I went to Kew Forest, which was in Kew Gardens, the place a variety of my classmates have been from very prosperous neighborhoods the place they’d some huge cash. We did rather well for ourselves, however my father lived very modestly, in order that I might go to personal faculty. It was a kind of issues the place you put on a uniform, however you discover the suitable shoe, you discover the suitable jewellery, you discover the suitable equipment. I believe that’s performed an enormous half in me being a stylist, studying easy methods to take one thing and take advantage of out of it. Folks assume that being round individuals who have cash, they purchase all this designer stuff — and it’s truly actually the alternative. They purchase items. It actually taught me easy methods to take staple gadgets, broaden on them, and make it work.

What attracts you into explicit tasks? What makes you need to signal on and say sure?

Every mission has been completely different for me. For “Ballers,” it was the problem of me doing what I used to be already doing in actual life and placing it on display. I had watched issues that I believed have been alleged to symbolize us however watching them, I used to be like, “This isn’t right. Like, we wouldn’t do that,” which is likely one of the issues that I’ll endlessly be grateful to Stephen Levinson about. That was one of many producers that I might actually go to, sit and say, “We wouldn’t do this,” and he would go “OK, what would you do?” and he would truly pay attention.

For “Ballers,” it was the urge of eager to get it proper. I believe it was the identical with “All American: Homecoming,” and truly liking the present that got here previous to that. For “Shooter,” it was the truth that I didn’t have the expertise to do it. I bear in mind my first interview, I used to be in all probability on the cellphone with 10 executives and principally they mentioned, flat out, “Why should we give you this job?” and I used to be like, “I don’t have an ego. All I can do is put my performance before my pride and get this right.” It was actually arduous, however to at the present time, Omar Epps is sort of a brother to me. I really feel like we walked away with this household, doing one thing that was actually arduous and difficult, that had critical content material, however all of us dedicated to it and took it very significantly.

The primary few tasks of my profession, though they have been exhibits that had folks of coloration in them, they weren’t actually thought-about cultural staples or contact factors. When “Atlanta” was offered to me, for the primary time, I used to be like, “Oh, well, here’s my opportunity to do that.” For me, the draw was going again to Atlanta, proper. I went to high school in Atlanta, I do know town of Atlanta. I really feel like as a lady from New York, that was the place I first gained my independence. I first began dressing artists there, stepping out by myself and doing trend, working with teams like Jagged Edge. That was me going again to my roots. Now, I believe I decide tasks based mostly on what’s going to maneuver the needle.

"I now have become Brian Tyree Henry’s stylist," Hasbourne said. "One of the things that I love is we do a lot of custom pieces for him. The thing that I love about that is I still get to make him feel good in his body."
“I now have become Brian Tyree Henry’s stylist,” Hasbourne mentioned. “One of the things that I love is we do a lot of custom pieces for him. The thing that I love about that is I still get to make him feel good in his body.”

Is there a selected character you’ve styled on a present that has been your favourite or essentially the most difficult?

I don’t have any favorites, as a result of they’re all so completely different. Now, I’ve favourite appears to be like that I’ve created the place I’ve been like, “Oh, this one is a favorite for me,” however I don’t have favourite characters, as a result of I believe every of them have been so particular and distinctive to me. Dr. Brooke on “In Treatment” was a particular one for me as a result of that is the primary time that we see a therapist that’s coming from a neighborhood in LA the place Black girls have cash. It was crucial, particularly with somebody who wasn’t a dimension 2, to be sure that we weren’t lazy in exhibiting what that regarded like and pushing the envelope by way of what that fashion regarded like. I bear in mind on that present they have been making an attempt to maintain issues actual conservative. That was a 22-episode collection, and Uzo Aduba was in each episode. I needed to construct a model of her physique simply to attempt outfits on the model, as a result of she wasn’t all the time out there for becoming. I had like 4 superb monochromatic appears to be like. The producers simply stored bumping us on it, like “No, no, no.” Then Inauguration Day occurred and Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, and everybody walked out in these lovely monochromatic appears to be like. We have been like, “You see! This is it. This is what people are doing.”

What are you engaged on at present?

The identify of this film is “Shadow Force.” It’s Kerry Washington and Omar Sy. Assume “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” Whenever you work with these actors which have these iconic characters, for Kerry, carrying sure coats, she’s like, “It’s too Olivia Pope.” That is her doing a full, live-action film the place she’s preventing, so how do I get the viewers to see Kyra and never Olivia Pope, proper? Sure, she’s achieved all these different issues since Olivia Pope, however that’s nonetheless one thing for her that she performs. Even for Omar, he has “Lupin.” For me, in all my tasks, a chunk of me that I sprinkle in there may be any individual’s gonna have some sort of fireplace footwear. I’m a sneakerhead. The stress for me with Omar was with him doing “Lupin,” he was like, “My character always wears Jordan 1s.” I’m like, “Yeah, but they’re not the exclusive exclusive joints.” So he’s like, “OK, well, what are you thinking?” You’re gonna see one thing that’s like, woo.

The place do you see your profession going subsequent?

Truthfully, I really like trend a lot by way of being a fancy dress designer, however I might additionally like to creatively produce. I really feel like I’ve a lot to supply by way of sources, with productions who might not have larger budgets, having the ability to assist construct relationships with clothes traces. I see administrators now which might be asking designers to assist with their motion pictures. As one other costume designer, I’m all the time like, “Oh, my God, like, they should call such and such,” but it surely’s such as you don’t ever need to overstep. It’s important to let every designer do their very own course of. You see TV exhibits the place the producers are like, “Hey, we’re looking for upcoming designers.” I might like to be a artistic producer by way of that.

Folks have all the time requested me if I might ever need to do a line. I wouldn’t need to do a line however I might undoubtedly need to do some type of collaboration. A whole lot of my associates are like, “You need to change your name on Instagram from @TiffTheStylist to @TiffTheDesigner.” I all the time really feel torn about it as a result of I simply had this dialog with D-Good, who’s the one who gave me the identify @TiffTheStylist. I like there can be no designer with out the stylist. I’m not an “or” woman. I’m not a stylist or designer; I’m a stylist and a designer. I wish to dwell in each worlds.