This article contains hints about various plotlines in the first season of Orphan Black. Consider yourself warned!
Orphan Black starts a new season this week, which means lots of us spent the weekend catching up on the season one episodes. If you’re new to this amazing show, you’re in for a treat now that the first season is available lots of places online. We don’t talk a ton about lingerie as it relates to tv on this site, but I think Orphan Black is a fascinating show to take a look at when we think about how fashion (and lingerie has definitely linked up with fashion) and how we dress contributes to who we are as people.
If you’re new to Orphan Black, here’s the concept: Con woman Sarah Manning finds herself assuming the identity of a woman who looks just like her after the other woman commits suicide off a train platform. She originally intends to take off with the look-alike’s money, but is drawn into a mystery when she finds out that there are nine others like her out there. They’re all clones who have been raised in different places who have come together to find whoever is hunting them down to kill them. The same actress plays all of the clones as completely different women, in one of the most astounding tv tricks I’ve ever seen. Part of the illusion is due to Tatiana Maslany’s acting skills, but part of it is that the way the different clones dress so clearly conveys who they are as people.
Since we all know that lots of underwear choices stem from a desire to reflect personal style and set ourselves apart from others, I thought it would be interesting to do some guessing as to what each clone would choose! If you’re a fan of the show, I’m exempting Helena from this article, as her murdering religious fanaticism doesn’t seem to leave much time for clothing changes. Just click on the images of the bras if you want to find out more about them!
Sarah is the first clone we meet, as well as our point of view and introduction into the clone puzzle of the show. She’s a con artist who cares deeply about her only daughter and is willing to do anything to get custody of her. We actually get a glimpse of the back of her bra early in the series, so we know she favors black lingerie with strappy detailing. This Marlies Dekkers bra is practical and seems right up Sarah’s alley.
Elizabeth “Beth” Childs:
Beth is the policewoman whose life Sarah takes over once Beth commits suicide. We never really see Beth in action, although we hear lots about her from other people. Her wardrobe is entirely practical, consisting mostly of button down shirts and knit dresses in neutral colors. This longline t-shirt bra seems like the perfect underlayer for a practical cop with a secret life.
Katja is another clone who is terribly important, although more so in death than in life. Her actions help connect all the clones and her death makes their existence more public. In her brief scenes, she’s presented as a fashion forward European woman with bright red hair and a serious sense of style. This cool and unique VPL bra seems just right for her.
Cosima is an adorable Phd student with a great sense of quirky fashion. She acts as the scientific researcher for the group. Her generally sunny personality helps keep the group together, but also blinds her from some non-scientific dangers. One of her style hallmarks is her glasses, which made me think of this great All Seeing Eye set. It’s fun and quirky, but it also echoes the theme of eyes that keeps coming up during Cosima’s storylines.
Alison is a soccer mom with hidden depths and a penchant for violent behavior when stressed out. In some ways she’s the heart of the set of clones: just a poor mom struggling to keep her family together and to be normal at all costs. This Wacoal t-shirt bra is perfect for her. It’s practical in design with unexpectedly dark details.
Our first glimpse of Rachel is at the end of the season, where she appears as one of the employees of the company who has created the clones. She’s also obviously one of them, which has lead people to believe that she is the original clone. Her image is one of buttoned up corporate sophistication, which leads me to believe that this gorgeous yet basic Chantelle bra would be right at home in her lingerie drawer.
Are you a fan of Orphan Black? If so, do these choices seem right to you?