Keith Richards’ style called on for new Amazon show Good Omens

Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards inspired the costumes David Tennant wears in new show Good Omens.

Amazon’s apocalyptic comedy, which also stars Michael Sheen, Frances McDormand, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Jon Hamm, is a tale of the bungling of Armageddon and features an angel, a demon, an eleven-year-old Antichrist, and a doomsaying witch.

For David’s demon character Crowley, costume designer Claire Anderson looked to the music world.

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“David moves like Keith Richards did in the ’60s,” she said to The Hollywood Reporter. “(I designed textured jackets with big lapels that) allow(ed) his shirt fabric to tumble when open.”

She also painted snakeskin shoes black with red around the soles to mimic the “red banding of the snake in the Garden of Eden”.

For Jon, who plays Archangel Gabriel, Claire decided on sleek tailoring.

“We went to the Italian label (Ermenegildo) Zegna on Bond Street (in London), as I wanted the softness of cashmere for his character,” she shared. “He looked wonderful in a tailored pearl grey suit with a hint of lilac. We gave him lilac contact lenses to bring out the coat and the violet in his eyes.”

And with Michael, who plays angel of the Eastern Gate, Aziraphale, Claire was inspired by pre-Raphaelite paintings, “because religion was so fervently strong in that era”.

The series spans 40-plus periods in history, including the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and World War II, with the costumes worn by the core cast needing to cross all timelines.

Good Omens is available to stream from 31 May.

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