Role models in a sitcom Stylist helps teens blossom with style

September 25, 1991|By Valli Herman | Valli Herman,Los Angeles Daily News

LOS ANGELES -- To a group of teen-age Valley girls, one of the best fashion shows on television is the NBC comedy, "Blossom."

Every week, its star, 15-year-old Mayim Bialik, shows up in the latest, coolest stuff this side of Melrose Avenue.

West Hills teens Alison Porter, 15, her sister, Courtney, 13, and her friend, Danielle Powers, 14, have formed an informal "Blossom" fan club and fashion watch.

"Usually me and my sister watch it," Alison Porter said. "Then my sister and Danielle get on the phone and swap ideas about clothes."

And with the new season premiere, the girls will have a closet-full of ideas to observe, promised Sherry Thompson, the show's costumer.

Thompson and her assistant, costume supervisor Marion Kirk, shopped all the Valley girl hangouts such as Wet Seal, Contempo Casuals and the Limited to create six outfits for the show's new opening segment.

Blossom wears everything from a flippy mini made of men's ties, to a pinstriped Madonna-like suit, to a hip-hop dance ensemble, complete with flowered knee pads and leather-flowered suspenders made from belts.

Unfortunately, finding the exact match of clothes from the show will be hard.

"I don't like for any of the things I do to look like they came off the rack," Thompson said. Often Thompson adds trim to hats, dyes outfits, makes Blossom's pajamas from vintage fabric and creates new dresses from parts of others.

However, Blossom's best friend, the character Six, played by Jenna von Oy, wears outfits pulled straight from area stores.

"Six's clothes reflect the Valley," costumer Kirk, a Studio City resident, said. "Her cowboy boots, shorts and crop tops are very, very Valley."

Teen-agers pay close attention to Blossom's clothes, if not always for new ideas, then for reassurance.

"She dresses like we all dress or would like to," Porter said.

Bialik herself prefers to dress in baggy black clothes, a look that doesn't photograph well on television.

"Blossom is really wild and zany," Bialik said. "But it's realistic fashion. It's not things that can't be found."

Thompson hopes her work helps young women learn about fashion.

"It's how you put things together that gives the girls ideas how to be more creative with their wardrobe," Thompson said.

For Porter, the outfits in new opening credits yielded some new ** favorites. She liked the pin-striped suit and the bib overalls, which were made from vintage tablecloths.

The best surprise was seeing her own taste in clothing right there on TV.

"One of the shirts Six was wearing I have in blue. They bought it at my store."

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