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The woman behind the 'Pan Am' wardrobe: Ane Crabtree

November 13, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Christina Ricci, Kelli Garner, Mike Vogel and the rest of the cast help bring "Pan Am" to life every week on ABC. But the authentic '60s-inspired costumes have also become stars of this show.

Designer Ane Crabtree is the woman responsible for the costumes taking flight.

From uniforms to non-work wear, Crabtree is completely immersed in all the fashion and flair of the 1960s.

"I was born in '64, so this is really thrilling for me because you never quite remember the time you were born in," she says. "You remember 10 years later. It was such a seminal time of change in America, and so I'm eating it up."

She also has another role: task master.

"I'm always the one with the big mouth," she says. "I'm like the momma, which is what I tell them. I'm like the mom for the day. You have to listen to everything I say because you'll thank me when you watch the show."

Entering Crabtree's work room in Brooklyn, New York, is like taking a step back in time.

From shoes, to handbags, to hats, Crabtree and her staff work long hours to make sure the costumes are as authentic as possible, all the way down to the undergarments.

Living a life filled with fashion is not a chore for Crabtree. It seems she had a pattern from the beginning. The Southern-born woman started reading Vogue magazine when she was all of 10 years old.

"I was really mad for fashion and reading about Coco Chanel and these women," Crabtree says. "I don't know where I got the information, somehow it was in magazines."

"Pan Am" airs at 10 p.m. Sundays on ABC7.