This Christmas, Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone will return to TV in three special episodes to mark Absolutely Fabulouss 20th anniversary.
The specials provided Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley with the first chance to revisit their career-making characters since 2004. Far from mellowing with time, Eddy and Patsy have grown more desperate over the years, Saunders saidand theyre no less brash and unapologetically fashion-mad than they were in the original series.
For costume designer Sarah Burns, who styled the show from 1992 to 1997 and worked on the specials, the new episodes required careful tweaking of iconic looks. Part of the challenge, she said, is that popular fashion has embraced some of Ab Fabs original codes.
With Edina, I wanted to create block looks rather than using an eclectic mix of styles or clashing colours and things being far too tight, as that is now out there on the street, Burns told us.
Patsy's look in the latest episodes stayed true to the characters roots and remained effortlessly chic in Betty Jackson and then more rock chic or vampy if and when the occasion arose in the scripts.
Stella McCartney has replaced Christian Lacroix as Eddys designer of choice. McCartney appears in the show, reportedly refusing to allow Eddy to shop in her boutique. Given that the show is famously irreverent about the fashion its stars so strenuously embrace, were any designers hesitant about participating, and potentially seeing their creations sent up?
Designers over the years have embraced Ab Fab, Burns said. Ab Fab has always been a joy creatively and Jennifer and I have always worked very closely together to get the best comedic value from the costumes.
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