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Issue 17 Out Now

From Screen to Wardrobe: Exploring the Fashion Influences of "Griselda"

Updated: Jan 30


Netflix has recently dropped the trailer for its newest series, “Griselda,” starring the talented Sofía Vergara. Set in 1970s and 1980s Miami, the show explores the life of Griselda Blanco, also known as “The Godmother,” who built one of the most profitable cartels in history. In this wardrobe analysis, we will delve into the captivating costumes, the character analysis, and the overall design of the show. Join us as we uncover the intricate details that bring “Griselda” to life.


The Powerful Portrayal of Griselda Blanco

Sofía Vergara takes on the role of Griselda Blanco, portraying her as a strong and formidable character known as “La Jefa” (The Boss). As an executive producer on the series, Vergara brings her expertise and passion to the project. In an official press release, she expressed her excitement to explore the unique mix of being a cartel leader, fearless businesswoman, and a mother in Miami during the ’70s. This combination of roles sets Griselda apart as one of the only women in history to have achieved such heights.



The creative team behind “Griselda” includes renowned showrunner Eric Newman, known for his work on NARCOS and NARCOS: MEXICO. Newman collaborated with director Andrés Baiz, who directed all six episodes of the series. The show was co-created by Doug Miro, Ingrid Escajeda, and Carlo Bernard. Together, they bring their expertise in storytelling and capturing the essence of complex characters to create a compelling narrative.


Collaboration with NARCOS: A Perfect Fit

When asked about the collaboration between the “Griselda” team and the creators of NARCOS, Sofía Vergara emphasized the alignment of their vision. She mentioned that joining forces with the NARCOS team made absolute sense due to their ability to find humanity within complicated subjects. Their deep understanding of the world and its history ensures that audiences will be captivated by the storytelling and trust the authenticity of the series.



Apart from Sofía Vergara, the series features an impressive ensemble cast. Alberto Guerra portrays Dario Sepúlveda, while Christian Tappan brings Arturo Mesa to life. Martín Rodríguez takes on the role of Rivi Ayala, and Vanessa Ferlito, known as Karol G, portrays Carmen Gutiérrez. This talented cast brings depth to the characters and adds layers of complexity to the storyline.


Transforming Sofía Vergara: Makeup, Prosthetics, and Wardrobe



In “Griselda,” Sofía Vergara’s transformation is truly remarkable. Through the use of makeup, prosthetics, and wardrobe, she becomes almost unrecognizable in her portrayal of Griselda Blanco. The brilliant minds of Angela Nogaro and Todd McIntosh and the attention to detail in creating her look are evident, as every element contributes to the authenticity of the character. The costume design team has meticulously recreated the fashion of the ’70s and ’80s, adding another layer of realism to the series.


The fashion of the ’70s and ’80s was characterized by bold colors, exaggerated silhouettes, and unique patterns. Sarah Evelyn Bram and her team have gone above and beyond to recreate this fashion sensibility, ensuring that each character’s wardrobe reflects their personality and status. From Griselda’s powerful and commanding outfits to the supporting cast’s distinctive looks, the costumes help transport viewers back in time.



Griselda Blanco’s wardrobe serves as a symbol of her power and authority. As “La Jefa,” she exudes confidence and dominance in her fashion choices. Her outfits often feature sharp tailoring, bold colors, and luxurious fabrics. The attention to detail in her wardrobe, from the accessories to the hairstyles, further enhances her commanding presence. Each element of her attire is carefully chosen to reinforce her position as a cartel leader and a fearless businesswoman.


Color of an Era

The wardrobe of the supporting cast in “Griselda” also reflects the fashion trends of the time. Each character has a distinct style that contributes to their individuality and role in the story. Whether it’s the flamboyant outfits of Arturo Mesa or the glamorous ensembles of Carmen Gutiérrez, the costumes help to bring the characters to life and provide a visual representation of their personalities.


Colors play a crucial role in “Griselda” as they convey symbolism and evoke emotions. The vibrant color palette of the ’70s and ’80s is showcased through the costumes, set design, and cinematography. Bold hues such as red, yellow, and green are used to represent power, passion, and ambition. In contrast, softer tones like pastels and neutrals are employed to convey vulnerability and innocence. The thoughtful use of color adds depth and visual interest to the

series, enhancing the overall viewing experience.


The wardrobe choices in “Griselda” not only capture the essence of the era but also play a significant role in character development. Each character’s attire reflects their personality, status, and journey throughout the series. The transformation of Sofía Vergara into Griselda Blanco is a testament to the power of wardrobe in portraying a complex character. Through the careful selection of costumes, the characters come to life, and their stories are further enriched.




“Griselda” — A Visual and Fashionable Journey


In conclusion, the Netflix series “Griselda” takes viewers on a visual and fashionable journey through the captivating life of Griselda Blanco. The powerful portrayal by Sofía Vergara, along with the meticulous attention to detail in makeup, prosthetics, and wardrobe, brings the character to life. The costume design team successfully captures the fashion trends of the ’70s and ’80s, adding authenticity to the series. With its compelling storyline, vibrant color palette, and well-developed characters, “Griselda” is set to captivate audiences.

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