Mildred Pierce's Fashion: '30s & Fabulous!

updated 03/28/2011 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/28/2011 AT 01:00 AM EDT

SNEAK PEEK

LIFE'S A BEACH

"The design of the cardigan was typical for the time period," says costume designer Ann Roth of the outfit Mildred wears during a beach stroll (filmed on Long Island). "We crocheted it for Kate."

THE "SAD" BROWN DRESS

Roth created a drab frock from distressed 1930s fabric for Mildred to wear as she struggles to find work in the Depression. "Such a sad dress," says director Todd Haynes.

OLD-SCHOOL GLAM

Winslet "loved this dress," says Haynes of a gold lame gown for a concert scene. But it was so delicate, says Roth, "the wardrobe people kept stitching it back together."

DRESSING THE PROBLEM CHILD

More faithful to the original James M. Cain novel than the 1945 Joan Crawford movie, HBO's Pierce is the story of single mother Mildred's attempts to please her selfish daughter Veda (Evan Rachel Wood). Says Roth of Wood: "She could wear Venetian blinds and look lovely."

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