17 Times The SNL Wardrobe Department Went Above And Beyond

    After 40+ years of lightning-fast costume changes, the SNL wardrobe department has learned a thing or two.

    SNL characters are defined by their costumes: Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake with gift-wrapped boxes around their waists; Tom Hanks wearing a pumpkin blazer; Kenan Thompson in a lobster outfit.

    Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, and John Mulaney

    1. There are five whole rooms at 30 Rockefeller Plaza dedicated to wardrobes, not to mention the off-site warehouses.

    Justin Timberlake and Chris Parnell

    2. The costumers have less than three days to prepare.

    Mikey Day, Cecily Strong, and Melissa Villaseñor

    3. Will Ferrell is allegedly the fastest at changing wardrobe.

    Will Ferrell on SNL

    4. The costumers have developed some clever tricks to create unique fabric quickly.

    Sterling K. Brown and Chris Redd

    5. Gal Gadot's Amazonian outfit was flown halfway across the world to make the show.

    Gal Gadot and Kate McKinnon in Saturday Night Live

    6. The host dresser once ran while carrying Jennifer Lopez on her back so she could get changed in time.

    Jennifer Lopez on SNL

    7. When no packages could be delivered during a snowstorm, costumer Dale Richards stayed up all night to make Sarah Palin's bead shirt for Tina Fey.

    Tina Fey as Sarah Palin

    8. Bette Davis was the inspiration for Aidy Bryant's glamorous chicken character (not the chicken part).

    9. Dirt cheap? Outrageously expensive? Doesn't matter, as long as it fits the sketch.

    SNL dressing room

    10. Head costumer Tom Broecker is able to mentally walk through stores in an instant to think up wardrobe ideas.

    Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, and Natalie Portman

    11. Even the SNL wardrobe department struggles with how un-stylish politicians are.

    Dana Carvey as George H.W. Bush on SNL

    12. When SNL is poking fun at a real-life person, they usually downplay the wardrobe.

    Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on SNL

    13. The host always has the fastest and most frequent changes.

    John Krasinksi

    14. The costume department once used a New York Times analysis on the outfits of Sarah Huckabee Sanders to influence her portrayal on the show.

    Aidy Bryant as Sarah Huckabee Sanders

    15. The fastest host change was Justin Timberlake at 10 seconds.

    Justin Timberlake and Bobby Moynihan

    16. They tried multiple shirts for Will Ferrell in the cowbell skit before deciding on one that rode up just the right amount.

    Will Ferrell and Chris Parnell

    17. The Royal Wedding skit was reportedly one of the most complicated skits ever for the SNL wardrobe department.

    Mikey Day, Kenan Thompson, and Kate McKinnon

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