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Monday’s episode of “The Terror: Infamy” finally tells the backstory of the ghost known as Yuko (Kiki Sukezane), who has been haunting Chester (Derek Mio), his friends, and his family during WWII. It turns out that in 1919, Yuko traveled to Terminal Island for an arranged marriage to Hideo Furuya (Eiji Inoue), but when she reveals she’s already pregnant by another man, he casts her out. Unable to care for her baby boy properly, she gives Taizo — now the grown-up Chester — away and kills herself by leaping off a bridge. The tragic circumstances surrounding her death creates an onnen, or a wild hunger, in her as she becomes the unsatisfied spirit known as the yurei.
While Yuko’s origin story explains why she’s been sticking around after her death, hints of her state of mind have been present from the start… in her clothing. Costume designer J.R. Hawbaker spoke with IndieWire about how she and her team — including costume designer Tish Monaghan and assistants Takashi Bernhardt, Kenichi Tanaka, and Jaida Hay — recreated kimonos for the series.
Kimonos - Sourcing - Challenges - Kimonos - One-offs
“The kimonos were one of the biggest sourcing challenges mostly because kimonos are one-offs. They’re a one-of-a-kind artistic piece of walking art,” said Hawbaker.
“A kimono has 20 components to create it. It typically takes six to 18 months to make one with a team of people in Kyoto. And so in the amount of time that we shot 10 episodes of ‘The Terror,’ one kimono would be coming off of the line in Kyoto. We would have to set up our own shop to basically print kimonos like money because we were a horror genre. There’s going to be some things that happen [to them].”
Terror - Styles - Yuko - Styles - Death
“The Terror” had to design a few different styles for Yuko: styles for before and after her death, for...
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