The area Race could be the backdrop for ABC’s new miniseries, but alternatively for the astronauts, it is their spouses who will be front and center.
“The Astronaut Wives Club” (premiering Thursday at 8 p.m. on ABC) tells the story that is true of modest army spouses whom rocketed to fame whenever their husbands — Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton — had been called as NASA’s original Mercury astronauts in 1959.
The women lived in Houston — many as next-door neighbors — providing support while their husbands went on death-defying missions and chased skirts in Cape Canaveral, Fla during the’60s.
Because the guys fought a symbolic Cold War into the skies — with every effective objective celebrated as being a dent in Soviet Communism — the ladies rallied around each other back home. They even became a-listers within their very own right, hounded by reporters along with their every move chronicled into the pages of lifetime magazine.
“They had been a lot like the initial ‘Real Housewives,’ ” says series costume designer Eric Daman. “All eyes had been to them, plus they unknowingly became fashion icons and scions of these social set.”
The 10-episode miniseries spans 1959 to 1971, a decade-plus retold through aid from NASA footage, lifestyle mag pages and journalist Lily Koppel’s 2013 oral history “The Astronaut Wives Club: a real Story,” by that the show is situated. (Koppel is really a consultant regarding the show; the 3 surviving spouses don’t have official site any formal participation.)
“One regarding the advantages of the area system could it be’s super well-documented,” says producer that is executive Savage.
Like this other ’60s-era show “Mad Men,” producers sought to meticulously re-create the ten years: Ninety per cent of this costumes are classic, sourced by Daman on internet sites like Etsy and 1stdibs. Savage scoured Sears catalogs, women’s publications like Good Housekeeping and cookbooks getting a feeling of popular topics and colloquialisms on her scripts. Midcentury areas inside their location that is filming of Orleans had been scouted to double while the room ’burbs of Houston and Florida.
Savage says, “Fashion, meals, vehicles, interior planning — it is all extremely particular.”
Louise (Dominique McElligott, from kept), Jo (Zoe Boyle) and Marge (Erin Cummings) celebrate their husbands being called towards the Mercury Seven team in’s “Astronaut Wives Club” premiere thursday. ABC/Cook Allender Louise Shepard AP
Played by Dominique McElligott
After her spouse, Alan Shepard, became the very first associated with the Mercury Seven astronauts to blast down, Louise had been christened the Lady that is“First of” — in addition to group’s first fashion symbol. Clothing shops also advertised the dress/jacket/hat that is cream-colored outfit she wore towards the White home event.
“Her taste and design is a bit more elevated compared to the others, more Vogue compared to other wives,” says Daman, who usually dressed McElligott in a far more palette that is neutral sparkly details.
Despite her husband’s track record of infidelity, the couple remained married and retired to Ca. They passed away five months aside in 1998.
Marge Slayton Allan Grant/The LIFESTYLE Picture Collection/Getty Images
Played by Erin Cummings
Slayton originated from a background that is poor needed to conceal the fact she had been a divorcee. Avove the age of the other spouses, she was nicknamed “Mother Marge,” which had been included into her fashion.
“Back then, individuals didn’t dispose of clothes, and I also feel just like Marge may have peaked in the’40s that are late” Daman claims.
He gave Cummings a film-noir design suitable for the ten years with a lot of neck pads, slinky sweaters and form-fitting dresses to hug her curves.
Slayton, who’d one son, divorced for the time that is second 1983 over spouse Deke’s cheating. She passed away in 1989 at age 67.
Jo Schirra Ralph Morse/The LIFESTYLE Pictures Collection/Getty Images
Played by Zoe Boyle
If there’s a Charlotte in this set of gal pals, it is “perfect Navy spouse” Jo, whom rocked twin sets and headbands just like a pro that is preppy.
“In true to life, there’s a complete benefit of her wearing the pearls and white footwear — we utilized that as her signature thing,” Daman says. “We actually desired her become prissy and pristine.”
That intended plenty of cream-colored clothing, sleeveless sheath dresses and pencil skirts combined with a sweater on the arms. But as her celebrity rose, even the prim Schirra started trying out her design.
“She opens up since it continues on. Later on, she gets a hairdo that is new” he claims. “She goes over the leg, begins putting on tan shoes.”
Jo and spouse Wally had two kids and stayed hitched until their death in 2007. She passed away in April at age 91.