Gossip Girl's Costume Designer Recalls His Favorite Fashion Moments

12/18/2012 at 10:30 AM ET

Gossip Girl FinaleGiovanni Rufino/The CW; FameFlynet

When asked about his favorite fashion moment in the series finale, Gossip Girl costume designer Eric Daman has two instant answers.

“Serena descending the staircase in her gilded Georges Chakra wedding gown is a moment to remember forever,” he tells PEOPLE. “And Chuck and Blair (in Elie Saab) finally in wedding blues.”

Throughout its six seasons, the show offered many major style memories, though Daman finds it hard to pick just a few standouts.

“Each episode, each character, each outfit were all significant to the series — I loved dressing them all,” he says. “You can’t play favorites when playing with such a beautiful cast — after six years they become your family.”

That sense of family is something Daman says he’ll miss having. “I’ll cherish the wonderful, fashionable, madcap moments we spent together trying on designer duds and playing dress-up,” he shares.

Those moments of fashion brilliance are something he’d always hoped for — but didn’t necessarily think the show would attain.

“The styles on Gossip Girl evolved as much as we’d hoped they would from the beginning, and so much more than we could have ever imagined,” he says. “We set out to be on trend, and inspire trends, but we did not — and could not — have expected Gossip Girl to become the worldwide fashion phenomenon it has become.”

That evolution was especially clear on the show’s leading ladies, Blake Lively‘s Serena and Leighton Meester‘s Blair. “With the success of the show spanning a full six seasons, it offered an incredible opportunity to develop the styles of the characters very fully, and over a long character arc for each,” he explains. “As obvious as the choices seemed to become, they also became more specific, and more exciting to discover. As [the characters] grew up and evolved, their style followed suit.”

So with the show coming to a close, does Daman have any regrets? Just one, he says: “My only regret is that it is over.” Tell us: Whose wedding dress did you love best? And are you going to miss the show?  

–Kate Hogan

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Kelsey Smith on

Serena’s gold gown was obnoxious and gaudy, just like her character. I cannot see anyone ever wearing that as a wedding gown, fashion forward or not.

Blair’s was gorgeous, elegant and realistic

Laura on

FINALLY! Someone is recognizing the beauty of Elie Saab in a big way. Blair looked breathtaking :)

Lolo on

Agreed! Blair’s was gorgeous…Serena’s just didn’t seem like a wedding dress to me. Overall I liked Serena’s fashion throughout the show better than Blair’s though but all of the clothes were beautiful and the way outfits were out together was very creative

Adrienne on

I loved Blair’s dress. Serena’s was like Serena- gawdy and over dramatic. Chuck and Blair’s love story was epic. I will miss them Monday nights.

Guest on

Elie Saab has been on the forefront since Halle Berry wore his body hugging dress! He is definitely one I follow, that was the same dress Katy Perry wore to the Grammy’s on the red carpet!!!

Ari on

Serena’s gown was so tacky. It looked like something my 85 year old bingo playing gramma would like. Blair on the other hand, was classically elegant and modern at the same time. What a beautiful dress! She looked amazing!

Crystal on

I LOVED Blair’s wedding dress!!!! It was breath taking! Serena’s on the other hand… not a big fan of, it looked like a quinceanera dress…

Sophie Waxlax on

I think Blairs dress was classic, elegant and timeless. She looked stunning and in my eyes Elie Saab can do no wrong. Her dress shows how her character has matured, that she doesn’t have to overdo on her look to outshine Serena and in general in the sixth season she has grown out of the very conservative look and has become more versatile in her dressing. Serena’s dress truly shows her personality, which is to take fashion risks, stay on trend and to look sexy. She also looked gorgeous but the dress is personally not my style. Both girls looked amazing and think the stylists did an excellent job over the corse of the six seasons and the final dress choices.

Edna Maldonado on

Blair’s gown was the best! So classy she looked beautiful so sad to see the end. By the way Serena’s dress is tacky she looks very old may be the fact that the dress looks like one for a quinceañera

lulu on

enjoy it but did they really have to steal the SATC finale song…really!!
and it certainly felt rushed

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