Designs a Generation?
Eric Daman '92
Running from screaming girls on the streets of Paris, costume designer Eric Daman ’92 found himself in a world he was not used to—but one he helped create. This was the worldwide phenomenon that was “Gossip Girl”—a show about privileged teenagers from the Upper East Side of New York City that starred Blake Lively. Everyone who watched wanted to be these characters. Even more, they wanted to dress like them. The design team Eric was on for “Sex and the City” had won an Emmy, but for “Gossip Girl,” he created some of the most iconic looks of a generation. “Filming in Paris was really quite a moment, even more so than being featured in the “New York Times” or being in “Allure”—to have that experience and see how these kids, these stories, and these clothes were having an effect, I was thrilled to be a part of it.” The fashion standard Eric and “Gossip Girl” created was exclusive and elite. Collections would come right off the runway and to the show. However, being from the Midwest, Eric knew that most of the show’s audience couldn’t afford the actual pieces, so he created a line with Charlotte Russe of high-fashion looks at lower costs. “The availability of men’s wear has also gotten so much better and the interest of it has gotten so high since we were doing “Gossip Girl.” Putting a straight guy in a pink bow-tie on television was revolutionary—and then you add a three-piece suit!” Eric is now working on the Showtime series, “Billions.”
That’s a Wabash man for you. Seriously.