If you’re reading this article about The Bear – one of the most critically acclaimed TV series last year – in our style section, there’s nothing to be surprised about. Style is an integral part of the cinematic language of this production, which today, in Italy, releases its second season on Disney+. Since the first season, every detail regarding the style and looks of the characters seems carefully crafted. Starting with the protagonist: Carmy, played by Jeremy Allen White. It is he who swaps iconic vintage denim pieces with meat cuts to keep the restaurant he has just taken over after his brother’s death.
The other characters also seem to know exactly how to dress, scene after scene. This aspect of the TV series is also discussed by Courtney Wheeler – costume designer of The Bear – on Complex, recounting the challenges – but also the great satisfaction – of working on a project like The Bear, a story that speaks not only about cuisine but also about style. Let’s discover more about the most iconic looks of the series.
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The Most Iconic Looks of The Bear
Jeans straight from the ’50s, J.Crew sweaters, Nike Cortez shoes, and Merz b. Schwanen t-shirts for Carmy, as well as Off-White, Joe Freshgoods, and Aimè Leon Dore for Marcus, The Bear’s pastry chef. Let’s not forget Sydney, who, as a newcomer in the first season, immediately becomes one of the main characters of the series. Driven by her ambition, Syd seems to have a style all of her own, especially when it comes to vintage t-shirts. Focusing on Carmy’s character, it is in his clothes that we see the methodical, simple, and unsuspected strength of his personality. In the last episode of the second season there is also the hand of Thom Browne, but if you do not want spoilers it would be better not to read the next sentence! Sydney, in fact, receives a special gift from Carmy: a shirt signed by the American maison.
The costume scouting for The Bear takes us to the city of Chicago, the nerve center of this TV series. By searching through thrift stores and closely observing what those who work in the world of hospitality wear, the costume designer achieved a not-so-easy feat: that of communicating the characters’ strengths and weaknesses through their clothing. Such well-executed details have caused searches for “The Bear sweater” to skyrocket on Google after the series was released in America. In short, The Bear brings to television a curious – but not unexpected – aspect of the hospitality world: meticulous attention to detail, from dishes to clothing.