The costumes worn by TV characters aren't just clothes; they're symbols. The very best TV shows feature carefully chosen costumes that highlight the themes, symbolism, and character arcs of the principal players on the show. Here are some outstanding examples of TV shows where colorful costumes always have meaning.
Warming Glow highlighted the importance of costume color on "Breaking Bad." For example, Walt started off wearing neutral colors in the early seasons of the show, eventually transitioning to dark blue and now to black. This color change over the course of the series represents his transition from normal guy to anti-hero to outright villain.
One of the most interesting aspects of the article involved speculation about the significance of the color pink. The infamous charred teddy bear was pink, and thus pink represents death in the world of "Breaking Bad." Walter was wearing an unusual color (for him) when the airplane collision happened overhead: a sweater of pale pink. After Jane died, Jesse found one of her cigarette butts in his car ashtray, with her pink lipstick smeared across it. Bearing that in mind, one theory suggests that baby Holly wears pink not because she's an infant girl, but because she is going to die. Only time will tell if Holly lives or dies, but it's an interesting theory.
Now, what exactly this transition from mostly white clothing to darker colors means is up for debate. White is often a symbol for purity, and Sookie starts the series as a virgin (her telepathy sort of soured her on dating, since she can always tell what a guy is thinking). As the show goes on, she gains more sexual partners, thus becoming less pure. The use of white might also signal the slow change from Sookie's mostly human state to her current advanced state of magical ability.
"Lost"Since the show's very first episode, the interplay of black and white has been a central visual motif. Representing the conflict between opposing forces are Jacob (dressed in white) and the Man in Black. Also demonstrating this conflict between opposing sides is a scene in the episode "Collision," where Jack and Ana Lucia confront each other: Jack wears white, and Ana Lucia is seen in black.
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