18 Costume Designers You Need to Follow on Social Media

Yet another way to score behind-the-scenes peeks of your favorite TV shows, including "Empire," "The Walking Dead" and "The Mindy Project."
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Yet another way to score behind-the-scenes peeks of your favorite TV shows, including "Empire," "The Walking Dead" and "The Mindy Project."
"Paolo's just killing it on Instagram." Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon and guest star Marisa Tomei as Mimi Whiteman. Photo: Chuck Hodes/FOX

"Paolo's just killing it on Instagram." Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon and guest star Marisa Tomei as Mimi Whiteman. Photo: Chuck Hodes/FOX

In addition to stalking fan blogs, creeping in Reddit chatrooms and devouring all of the Internet's snarky episode recaps, following costume designers on social media is yet another way to fuel your obsession over your favorite TV shows. Whether via Instagram, Twitter or both, the behind-the-scenes personalities offer plot-line clues, peeks at hilarious off-camera moments with the cast, inspiration for future costumes and overall fantastic eye-candy — they are designers, after all.

In conjunction with the fall TV kick off, here are the top 18 costume designers you need to follow to support your television addiction throughout the entire season. You're welcome.

ANN FOLEY, "AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D"

Fans of the Marvel series already comb through the dark corners of the Internet for clues on the twisting, bombshell storylines. But, Ann Foley's social feeds also offer a wealth of information, including Chloe Bennett's reaction to Quake's new "gauntlets" (that would be "gloves" in layman's terms), lots of ComicCon action and even backstage teamwork to combat invaders

Twitter: @afoley24 and Instagram: @ann.foley

ANNA ROBBINS, "DOWNTON ABBEY"

Filming has wrapped on "Downton Abbey," but costume designer Anna Robbins is still throwing out behind-the-scenes snippets and costume teasers. (Warning: You might fall down a k-hole of inspiration sketches while scrolling her feed ahead of the final season.) Plus, even after the series finale in 2016, a glamorous awards season awaits — i.e. Lady Mary and Anna in stellar red carpet gowns.

Twitter: @annamaryscott and Instagram: @annamaryscott

DAN LAWSON, "THE GOOD WIFE" AND LIMITLESS"

If you're ever wondering who made Alicia Florrick's power suit or maybe even Diane Lockhart's plush spa robe, just send Dan Lawson a quick tweet and maybe he'll tell you. The costume designer, who triple-times on Bradley Cooper's "Limitless" and his own clothing line 35DL, also dispenses snippets of wardrobe insight for those looking to co-opt the #girlboss aesthetic that he made so chic on "The Good Wife."

Twitter: @thegoodwifefashion

ERIN HIRSH, "THE VOICE"

Avid followers of the Emmy-winning and chair-spinning competition show can vicariously go behind the scenes to follow the wardrobes of their favorite contestants. Plus, it's a chance to check out costume designer Erin Hirsh's insanely cool side projects — like collaborating with Kanye West and NASA on his light-up Grammy performance outfit and dressing Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross for the BET Awards. 

Twitter: @ErinHirsh and Instagram: @Erin_Hirsh

EULYN WOMBLE, "THE WALKING DEAD"

In her moments not dressing Daryl, Rick, Michonne and assorted zombies on "The Walking Dead," Eulyn Womble dabbles in photography — which means an aesthetically pleasing Instagram feed to scroll through. You know, when you're not just creeping her photos for dressing room pics of Norman Reedus.

Twitter: @EulynCHW and Instagram: @EulynCHW

JANIE BRYANT, "HOT & BOTHERED" AND PREVIOUSLY "MAD MEN"

While continuing to build her brand, the genius behind the costumes on "Mad Men," Janie Bryant goes back to her day job (for now) on the Eva Longoria-starring "Hot & Bothered." Her Instagram and Twitter are peppered with fun shots of the cast and crew, plus "Mad Men" obsessives will still enjoy gorgeous retro fashion inspiration imagery and impromptu reunions with former cast members

Twitter: @JanieBryant and Instagram: @JanieBryant

JENN ROGIEN, "GIRLS" AND "ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK"

The costume designer behind two of the most talked-about groups of women on TV right now shares where she finds Hannah's lizard T-shirt and the like via her social media. Plus, Rogien gives a glimpse into her own (pretty damn cool) life, including where to shop the best vintage, how to successfully grow jalapeño peppers and the best way to style winter boots for her side project with Sorel.

Instagram: @JennRogien and Twitter: @JennRogien

JOE KUCHARSKI, TYRANNY OF STYLE

Joe Kucharski, Baylor University assistant professor and editor of costume site Tyranny of Style, is an industry legend. A costume designer and obsessive himself, Kucharski is a one-stop-social-media-shop for all television and film costume design news, deep dives into technology and history behind the looks and teasers of new shows you'll want to watch for fabulous wardrobe. (I have him to thank for starting colonial-era "Indian Summers" on PBS.)

Twitter: @TyrannyofStyle and Instagram: @TyrannyofStyle

LYN PAOLO, "SCANDAL"

If you want confirmation that Olivia Pope will stay loyal to her Prada bags, David Rosen will keep up his suit jacket game and all the accessories on the Beltway will continue to slay, Huck-style, in season five, follow Lyn Paolo's Twitter feed. It's like a virtual costume shopping trip for all your characters via your iPhone. 

Twitter: @LynPaolo

MAIRI CHISHOLM, "SLEEPY HOLLOW"

The supernatural meets colonial American history plotlines on "Sleepy Hollow" give costume designer Mairi Chisholm extra work to do. Not only does she create present-day looks for Abbie and her demon-fighting gang, but also keeps Ichabod Crane in colonial looks that he just won't give up — plus all those flashbacks to the colonial days of yore. Follow it all via her own Twitter and the costume department's Instagram feed. Now, will this be the season when Ichabod finally embraces current day fashion?

Twitter: @maiwyck and costume department Instagram: @SleepyHollowCostumes

MANDI LINE, "THE ARRANGEMENT" AND PREVIOUSLY "PRETTY LITTLE LIARS"

We have Mandi Line to thank for all of Aria, Hanna, Spencer and Emily's custom school dance dresses, inappropriately awesome classroom outfits and Halloween special costumes during their prolonged six seasons of high school. Even though Line has graduated from "PLL," she's still giving shout-outs to the Rosewood crew, plus snapping pics of the very handsome cast at her new gig, posting style inspiration (#mandiscandy), disseminating good deals (#mandisteals) and even sharing her delicious recipes (#mandismeals). 

Instagram: @MandiLine and Twitter: @TankGirlYo

MARINA TOYBINA, "SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE"

When Marina Toybina isn't posting about her eye-catching costume designs on "So You Think You Can Dance," she's probably sharing her off-season work, like dressing Fifth Harmony on tour, fitting Left Shark in Katy Perry's Superbowl Half-Time Show and winning a record-breaking four Emmy Awards for her work. Mic drop. 

Instagram: @MarinaToybina and Twitter: @MarinaToybina

MEREDITH MARKWORTH-POLLACK, "REIGN"

Immerse yourself in all of the (intentionally) anachronistic — and always sublime — gowns on "Reign," as well as the great-looking cast dorking out on set (I love you Bash) on Markworth-Pollack's social channels. The costume designer also helpfully 'grams where to find Mary's blingy tiaras and accessories, plus gives shout-outs to loyal fans, like @Reign_Fashion, which creatively juxtaposes Markworth-Pollack's designs with actual 16th century fashion. 

Instagram: @Meredith_Costumes and Twitter: @Mere_Costumes

PAOLO NIEDDU, "EMPIRE"

Two words: "Empire," Cookie. As if you need any more reasons to follow the show's costume designer, Paolo Nieddu, on social media. His Twitter is also a source for finding out Cookie et al's wardrobe details and his Instagram is full of fashion credits, scenes from the show and hilarious moments with the cast and guest stars — like that time he shared an umbrella with Andre Leon Talley while shielding Al Sharpton from the rain.

Twitter: @pmnieddu and Instagram: @pniddy

RACHEL SAGE-KUNIN, "JANE THE VIRGIN"

Rachel Sage-Kunin gives us a behind-the-scenes look at her costume workshop on "Jane the Virgin," crucial wardrobe credit info and an unabashed peek at just how messy her office can really be. Just one request: Please feature lots of Britney Spears once she films her scenes. Thank you.

Twitter: @RachelSageKunin and Instagram: @RachelSageKunin

SALVADOR PEREZ, "THE MINDY PROJECT"

Considering that the actors that Salvador Perez dresses — on "The Mindy Project" and the "Pitch Perfect" franchise, for starters — are so social savvy, it's no wonder the costume designer has his Instagram and Twitter games on point, too. Both his feeds document his work dressing Mindy Kaling on TV and the red carpet, plus backstage looks at all the entertaining actors on the show. It's like being a virtual fly on the wall for bonding sessions between the costume designer and Kaling herself.

Twitter: @MrSalPerez and Instagram: @SalvadorPerezCostumes

STACI GREENBAUM, "BROAD CITY," "DIFFICULT PEOPLE" AND "ODD MOM OUT"

Staci Greenbaum just might be the busiest costume designer out there right now: She's working on six shows in 2015, including critical hits "Broad City," "Odd Mom Out" and "Difficult People." But somehow she sneaks in time to post fun tweets on all her projects and to Instagram fun backstage relaxation time shots like the one above. Plus, cute doggie and baby alert.

Twitter: @Staci_Greenbaum and Instagram: @staci_costumedesign

TOM BROECKER, "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE" AND "FLESH AND BONE"

While the former "30 Rock" and "House of Cards" costume designer doesn't exactly share shots of, say, Cecily Strong getting into her "The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With at a Party" outfit, he does post the most beautiful imagery that's like a mash-up of the "SNL" ode-to-NY opening montage and "Humans of New York." His feed is almost like an inspiration board to design costumes for the next batshit crazy — or everyday-themed — skit that Lorne Michaels greenlights.

BONUS: CDG LOCAL 892

If you're going to follow individual costume designers, you might as well follow all of them in one shot, too, with the Costume Designers' Guild official Twitter and Instagram. The guild gives shout-outs to all the costume designers of current TV shows (and film) and favorites of yore, like "The O.C.," featuring Summer's vintage game and all of Marissa's Chanel.

Twitter: @cdglocal892 and Instagram: @cdglocal892