Courtesy Salvador Perez
We imagine there are a lot of pretty cool things about having your own show on television, but right now we’re envying Mindy Kaling for having a costume designer who not only brings her as a date to the Costume Designers Guild Association awards but also whips up a custom gown for her to wear on the red carpet. Salvador Perez shared a behind-the-scenes look with us from first sketch to final fitting, and he and Kaling told us about how much fun they have working together — on this and every day on The Mindy Project.
Kaling and Perez’s relationship began when she picked him to work on her show after seeing the movie Think Like a Man (“The women in it were curvy and urban, like I am,” she says). They’ve become close because “he has a great sense of humor, and with the hours on the show, that’s a prerequisite.”
It was that friendship that led Perez, the president of the CDGA, to invite Kaling as his date — and to create the azure one-shoulder embellished gown especially for her. “I wanted something colorful and dramatic,” he says. “I showed her some sketches [below, drawn by illustrator Aasha Ramdeen] and she selected one. Before I was a costume designer, I ran costume workrooms for movies, so designing and making clothes is second nature to me.”