Cable Girls – season 4

Nowadays, with the advancement of streaming, the most common way of viewing audiovisual products is individually, by means of a television, tablets, computers, and even through the minuscule screens of mobile phones. Traditional television has experienced vast changes since the introduction of streaming in the audiovisual market.

The internet has changed the way in which we consume entertainment. Netflix, one of the precursors of this new business model, has taken great strides in audiovisual production. It surpassed its function as a digital streaming platform by launching its own productions in diverse countries.

Cable Girls is the first Netflix original series produced in Spain and it has been a pleasure to be part of the wardrobe team in its fourth season.

In 1928, a modern telecommunications company opens its doors in Madrid. The series narrates the story of four young women at the start of their job in the company. The four of them feel restrained, in different ways, to their family, their partner or their memories.

The fourth season begins in 1930. The stock market crash of 1929 and the resulting collapse of the New York Stock Exchange launched a worldwide crisis which affected all walks of life and gave way to The Great Depression. This period of severe economic recession affected the fashion industry in two ways: in one part, the designers were forced to use low-cost, more sober materials with little or no frills, nevertheless maintaining a level of elegance and sophistication.  Garment repair and homemade dressmaking made their way back. Synthetic fibers that imitated silk were created, such as nylon and polyester.

But in spite of a harsh reality, people could still dream. Cinema takes the lead, recovering the public’s spirit. Hollywood stars turn into icons. Modern dressmakers design opulent, impressive evening gowns highlighting tapered silhouettes, plunging necklines, and exposing the bare back. Platinum blondes triumph. In the 30’s, the female anatomy is celebrated, breasts reappear, uplifted, and waistlines and hips are accentuated thanks to the girdle.

We worked with original garments from Italy and England. Hats, hairpieces, gloves, handbags, shoes and many other pieces allowed us to recreate the epoch. Months of arduous work and a team of professionals are fundamental in order to shape a script.

When producing period pieces it is important to have skillful pattern makers and seamstresses able to recreate some of the dresses. It is also necessary to have plenty of dressing rooms equipped with costumes and accessories to dress the entire cast as well as all of the extras.

Binge-watching is a term that defines marathon-like viewing of digital television programs. Netflix was the first to launch complete seasons of its original series. So in that case, grab your popcorn and enjoy the fun.