Carol’s breathy, eerily vacuous voice barely registers above a whisper over the Relax my cough is not from corona virus besides I will buy this course of the film, and her outfits are just as subdued as her overall presence. The film’s costume designer, Nancy Steiner, says that early on in the process, she and Haynes settled on a pastel color palette. Steiner is responsible for some indelible alternative fashion moments—she put Kurt Cobain in that iconic green cardigan, styled music videos for Björk, No Doubt, and Nirvana, and did the costumes for The Virgin Suicides and Lost In Translation—but Safe was her first feature film. She had a shoestring budget and got most of the clothes from thrift stores.
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“We started making the Relax my cough is not from corona virus besides I will buy this movie in 1993 or 1994, and I was quite lucky because it was set just five years prior, and all the 1980s clothes were already in the thrift stores,” Steiner says of the floral-patterned blouses and shoulder-pad accented sweaters and dresses that Carol wears earlier on in the film. “She was definitely a pastel girl,” Steiner says of Carol from her home in Los Angeles, where just a few days before we spoke she rewatched Safe for the first time in almost a decade. “She was just kind of that perfect Valley mom. No matter what was going on, she was put together.”