For co-writers and sisters Tembi and Attica Locke, the Netflix sequence From Scratch is a deeply private one. Based mostly on Tembi’s best-selling memoir, From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home, the eight-part romantic drama follows a cross-cultural love story set in opposition to the idyllic Sicilian countryside. Providing a glimpse of Tembi’s whirlwind life, the present stars Zoe Saldaña as Amy Wheeler, a legislation scholar who travels to Italy for a six-week artwork program and meets and falls for Sicilian chef Lino Ortolano (Eugenio Mastrandrea). The 2 embark on a sweeping journey crammed with love, nice meals, and unexpected challenges that deliver their households collectively in a method they may have by no means imagined. Be ready—it is a tearjerker.
Having Tembi and Attica so closely concerned within the mission made it all of the extra particular for costume designer Amanda Riley. Tasked with creating an clever sartorial narrative to help the unbelievable love story of Amy and Lino, Riley labored intently with the sisters each step of the best way. Along with sharing household images, which helped arrange every character’s look, Tembi and Attica have been available across the clock to share suggestions and work by means of any questions Riley and her workforce had. “All through the journey, there have been moments the place Tembi would share private tales that will assist to paint moments and characters, permitting for a deeper imaginative and prescient of the way to paint this story,” Riley shares.
For Tembi, it was necessary that Amy’s appears to be like mirrored her environment and adventurous spirit. “There’s at all times slightly of the surprising with Amy,” Tembi says. “I needed the garments to evolve and alter together with her over time.” There have been additionally a lot of discussions round Amy’s Texan roots, which served as a by means of line for her vogue selections all through the sequence. “An intrinsic half for me in creating every outfit was hand-selecting gadgets that felt private and particular person to be able to recreate the sensation that, even whereas again in Los Angeles, Amy was strolling by means of the streets of Firenze creating wearable artwork,” Riley provides.
Colour, particularly pink, and print are a foundational a part of Amy’s fashion, and when it got here time to supply items for the sequence, Riley labored with native classic distributors to seek out one-of-a-kind items. “I had a terrific benefit whereas working in Italy, in that my unbelievable native workforce was linked to classic wholesalers all through Tuscany and the south,” Riley says. “I additionally selected modern Italian and French designer marques whose design inspiration is pulled from traditional classic prints, materials, and cuts. I like the look of female florals and drapey materials with traditional traces that proceed to be worn season after season.” For Riley, it was necessary for every bit to really feel alive and have a narrative.
This rang notably true when it got here time to design Amy’s marriage ceremony gown, a reproduction of Tembi’s personal Amsale robe. “I got here throughout Amsale fairly by likelihood,” Tembi remembers of her bride-to-be procuring expertise. “It was a serendipitous encounter, immediately magical.” The late designer is broadly credited as being the inventor of the trendy marriage ceremony gown. Looking for a traditional and elevated design, Tembi was proven the gown by a gross sales affiliate at a Beverly Hills boutique. It was a flooring pattern and occurred to be the final of its type. “I attempted it on, and it match completely! Not a single alteration,” she shares. “After I later realized that Amsale was a Black lady with Ethiopian roots, I felt all the celebs aligned.”
The beautiful sleeveless satin robe featured traditional traces by way of a excessive neckline, drop waist, and full skirt. But it surely was all drama within the again. Anchoring the low-cut again are two flowers that descend right into a sweeping practice. For Tembi, the flowers assembly within the midline symbolized the conjoining of two hearts.
With Tembi’s assist, Riley and her workforce approached Amsale, now run by the designer’s daughter, to re-create the look. The designers referenced the previous catalog and resurrected the sample, working intently with Riley and her workforce on getting the measurements precisely proper. “The method was really divinely guided,” Riley says. “The gown arrived after being custom-made to Zoe’s precise measurements, and when she put it on for the primary time, it match her completely. I can’t say there was a dry eye on set the day Zoe appeared within the robe to shoot the marriage scene. It was a really magical second.”
Riley additionally selected to make use of Amsale for Amy’s sister’s bridesmaid gown and for each of the mother-of-the-bride clothes.
Seeing the ultimate gown once more years later whereas within the midst of recreating one of the joyous days of her life was a visceral sensation for Tembi. “It introduced me pleasure, tears, longing, and a lot gratitude,” she says.
With Riley and the Locke sisters on the helm, the From Scratch wardrobe is as private and breathtaking because the story itself—filled with magical moments that spark happiness and love.
From Scratch is now streaming on Netflix.