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‘Gotham’ Costume Designer Finds Inspiration in ‘Blade Runner,’ Steampunk

A panoply of ideas drove costume designer Lisa Padovani’s choices for the first season of “Gotham,” Fox’s Batman origins series.

Influenced by “Blade Runner,” she mixed styles from all eras, a device meant to allow a large number of viewers to find a personal connection to the fictional setting. For example, both Steampunk and rock ’n’ roll elements are integrated into the leather jacket and clunky boots of guttersnipe Selina Kyle, played by Camren Bicondova.

For the well-dressed Oswald Cobblepot, aka the Penguin, played by Robin Lord Taylor, Padovani and her team built his suits from scratch — all six of them, ensuring there would be spares to replace the ones damaged by the regular manhandling the character endures in heavy action sequences.

“He has a unique style, so it wasn’t realistic to go out and buy multiple suits,” Padovani says. “When you build the suits, you have complete control over fit and material. I hate being a hostage to what you find in the store.”

For “Gotham’s” second season, which debuts in September, Padovani was cautious when she picked the publicity shots. “The show is transitioning, and characters aren’t in the same spot we left them,” she says. “We don’t know where they’ll go, so we didn’t do anything too extreme.”

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