How the “Pam & Tommy” Costume Designer Re-Created Pamela's “Baywatch” Suit
Re-creating Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s outfits for “Pam & Tommy” was no easy feat, but costume designer Kameron Lennox rose to the challenge. The mastermind behind the Disney+ miniseries’s wardrobe, Lennox and her team brought the former couple’s most memorable ’90s fashion moments back to life nearly three decades later. Their strategy? Combing the racks of thrift shops and remaking pieces from scratch for Lily James and Sebastian Stan. “The looks that Pam wore in ‘Barb Wire,’ ‘Baywatch,’ the infamous wedding bikini, on ‘The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,’ and to the deposition were historic and iconic,” Lennox tells POPSUGAR. “To tell our story correctly, we had to make sure we were showing the choices that were made in that moment in time.”
Working closely with the show’s hair and makeup departments, Lennox helped transform James and Stan into eerily spot-on Anderson and Lee doppelgangers. When the paparazzi captured set photos of James filming in a red “Baywatch” one-piece, well before “Pam & Tommy” debuted, fans could hardly believe how much the British actor resembled the Canadian model. The swimsuit had the exact same high-leg cut, crimson colour, and close fit, and James’s thin eyebrows, blonde hair, and french manicure completed her metamorphosis.
As “Pam & Tommy” episodes continue dropping on Disney+ weekly, POPSUGAR caught up with Lennox to learn more about the complexities of re-creating Anderson’s outfits for the small screen. Ahead, she opens up about accommodating James’s sizable prosthetics, ordering custom-made latex dresses, shopping vintage at Los Angeles thrift stores, and more.