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In an interview with Fibre2Fashion, costume designer for the show Emily in Paris, Marylin  Fitoussi discusses how she started her career and ended up working on the show.

When asked how she first started her career in fashion, Fitoussi said, "Since childhood, I loved visualizing stories and depicting a story through garments. I started my career 28 years ago doing movies. I was doing period and contemporary movies."

When asked how she discovered French fashion culture in Paris, Fitoussi said, "Paris is supposed to be the capital of fashion, which is less true. You have all the fashion world here, but normal people, for several years, are more casual. French people don’t like colors, they don’t like a lot of prints. They usually love navy blue, black and Grey. When you go to fashion week, everybody is well dressed and it is one specific instance. But in general, I find this trip less and less interesting. And people are less well-dressed even when you go to the opera. Earlier, when I was younger, people used to dress for the opera, but now they wear jeans paired with a jacket. And I am very worried about that. I think everybody needs to break the rule of fashion. So, my message through Emily in Paris is: ‘Do what you like to do.’ Whether you like to mix many prints, or mix colors, or you feel confident with a jacket, do it. Break the rules. People live with the fear of the fashion magazine and follow what’s trending, what’s not trendy, whether it’s in or it’s out. Everyone has their own body, so you need to find pieces and things to fit your body first and after that whether it’s special or not. You should not care. Honestly, you need not follow the rules—it’s my rule number one. So, since I tried experimenting with colors in Emily in Paris, I received many messages from people who say 'Oh! we discovered color with you, and we didn’t know that it can be fun to wear color, or that we are allowed.” They say, “It’s crazy that you in your own personal life are not allowed to wear colors.' So, it’s very strange and it’s funny to see that brands and fashion houses get very inspired by berets because now they are trying to mix up trends. I saw a lot of red berets in some recent collections. So that is what I love. That sounds amazing."

When asked how she managed to get the job working on Emily in Paris, Fitoussi said, "I had a cast like an actor. As a costume designer, we do cast. So, I had a casting with Patricia Field. She is the costume consultant for Emily in Paris, and she chose me because I think she was looking for someone who has a particular style. That’s why when she knew that they would do this series, she was looking for three costume designers in Paris, and I was one of them. I was the one selected for my eclectic style. For me Emily in Paris is not a fashion series; it became something of fashion or trendy or something that people like to go by and get inspired, but for me, it was just telling a story. When you are doing this kind of series, you try to find and to design people who are interesting. So, as there are many actors, everybody needs to have their own personalities which you are looking to make creative because it’s also for the younger audience and when you are watching a series on your iPhone it needs to catch your eyes almost immediately. That’s why everybody is strongly designed. I don’t pretend to be doing fashion and for me it became something very efficient; it was just designing different people in a precise story. Designing for Emily in Fashion was a very nice experience because I had no limit. I decided to do a bit of what I wanted and to go further to design a strong fit for an extraordinarily strong character. So, it was joyful, playful. After Designing for Emily in Paris, I am now working on a series of Brigitte Bardot. It requires a lot of research regarding the period, reading a script and you decide which kind of costume and clothes your character needs to wear."
Information originally sourced from Fibre2Fashion.