“The Queen’s Gambit” takes place in the 1960s, and at that time only a few American and Russian players were in the big leagues. Ms. Binder rethought the way men dressed, and they had “geeky nerdy fashions.” The looks of the women were similar. Beth, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, is anything but cheesy. And that can be a game changer. As it was.
“Failures will never be the same,” said Cathleen Sheehan, professor and interim chair of the FIT Fashion Design MFA program in New York City. “This story brings international glamor, humanity and relatable history to the game of chess. Whenever the scene changed, I felt excited to see what she would wear next.
Inspired by Edie Sedgwick, Jean Seberg, Pierre Cardin and Balenciaga, Ms. Binder has created an array of dizzying looks that take Beth from her orphan days in Kentucky through her chess tournaments in Las Vegas, Paris and Moscow. No less than a dozen of her outfits feature geometric patterns reflecting the chessboard, but Ms. Binder would never do anything as obvious as printing a chessboard on a top or skirt.