Stranger Things Season 4 Costumes Are Incredibly Accurate

Unless you’ve completed Netflix season three stranger things, stop reading. Spoilers follow for those who fell behind.

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When the fourth season of Netflix’s second most popular show begins on May 27, most of the cast will be in a fictional California town called Lenora Hills. It’s a stark departure from the series’ original location, a modest (also fictional) Midwestern town called Hawkins, Indiana. Additionally, the series has moved forward a few years: it was November 1983 when the series began, and now it’s 1986. As such, a lot has changed. The cast has aged, the soundtrack is livelier, and the costumes are, well, different – especially since they’ve moved west.

Three years ago, stranger things producers – namely, costume director Amy Parris – began compiling looks for season four knowing that the show’s time period and location would change. She thought of California in the 80s. An unexpected brand, at least for people under 30, came to mind: Quiksilver.

This season offers clothes that are true to the era.


“Quiksilver was an integral part of California fashion in the 1980s. The runway is so true to the era that it made sense to infuse archival Quiksilver pieces throughout the runway this season,” she says. “Together, Quiksilver and I worked meticulously to ensure that the fit, fabric and feel of each garment was both true to the era and close to the characters’ closets.

“What we did for a TV timeline was awesome, and it’s exciting to be able to share the clothes with the public…I hope the clothes will resonate with a younger, fashion-inspired audience. of the era and will be a friendly reminder to stylish viewers who followed fashion in the 80s.”

For this project, Parris worked with Quiksilver’s global director of merchandising, design and development, Andrew Henry. He offered her access to the Quiksilver archives, where they have pieces from the exact period of the show. From this collection, Parris could choose which pieces Quiksilver would remake for the show, which pieces they would use as inspiration for other pieces, and which would be part of their collaborative consumer collections, which will be released alongside the first of the season.

Many of the series’ main characters wear outfits taken from the Quiksilver archives.


Quiksilver was a natural partner, not only because of the brand’s popularity during this time, but also because the brand shared the series’ darker undertone. Sure, surfers these days seem to be part of a laid-back, laid-back brotherhood filled with loose, tan-haired characters, but the community hasn’t always been so close. It was competitive, says Henry.

“Quiksilver has a very happy 80s history, but also a very dark history, so we synced up really well,” he says. “In the 80s, there was a lot of competition. There’s a dark side to any action sports industry – whether it’s music, attitude, wave ownership. Back then, surfers were rebels, but luckily now it’s a lot more inclusive. There was really this attitude of, ‘If you can’t rock ‘n’ roll, fuck don’t come.’ It was literally the 1986 ad.”

Surfer Boy Pizza is a fictional shop that appears in the series.


The dichotomy suits the show well, which boldly presents two planes of existence: real life, where most of the show takes place, and The Upside Down, the alternate dimension where darkness resides. Quiksilver could play on this concept because it also lived it through its clothes.

“In the archives,” he says, “we were able to find pieces from 86 that were actually in this joyful, bright, pastel, happiness kind of thing, but there was a part of the collection that was really dark , with blacks and reds, and it was a really good fit.”

Exactly what each character will be wearing throughout this season naturally remains a secret – at least to you, the audience – but Henry says that Parris and the Duffer Brothers, the show’s creators, “really captured the vibe of that time. 86-87.” But his team also deserves some of the credit, as they were a willing collaborator. Henry’s team worked closely with Parris to provide unique swatches, alterations as needed, and general feedback on the rest of the wardrobe, as it’s not everything Quiksilver, he admits.

Parts of the collection are very 80 years.


“The two teams worked together so closely that Amy [Parris] and my designers and my tech designer are friends now,” he says. “They’re in touch and sharing ideas.”

The first part of the Quilksilver x stranger things collaboration, 1986, is now available. The rest of the collections – Character Wardrobe, pieces the cast will actually wear, Surfer Boy Pizza, merch for a pizzeria in the series, Lenora Hills Surf Club, designs inspired by this fictional new town, and Hellfire Surf Club, a nod to A look at The Inside Out – will drop when the first episode does, which is May 27.


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