Josette Wolthuis
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Simplicity and complexity in the costuming of Killing Eve
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This chapter extends the discussion of complexity in television drama beyond storytelling and character by indicating how elements of style and mise-en-scène, specifically costume design, contribute to the balance between simplicity and complexity in the text. It thereby challenges and expands upon Jason Mittell’s (2013; 2015) earlier work on the subject. Through a textual analysis of four selected moments from BBC’s Killing Eve (2018–) in which the identity and behaviour of its protagonists are put into question, this discussion shows how costumes can not only tell us who characters are but can also ‘lie’, which adds complexity to the text by means of a delicate balance between simple and complex stylistic strategies. Costume therefore plays an active role in the creation of a complex drama.

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