How the Costumes of ABC’s ‘Women of the Movement’ Represent Joy and Tragedy

Sydney Odeman

January 6, 2022

Costume designer Justine Seymour approached the devastating story of Emmett Till and his mother Mamie Till-Mobley's activism through colors that reflect emotions.

Women of the Movement costume designer Justine Seymour tells Mamie Till-Mobley’s gut-wrenching story through the evolution of colors.

Over the course of the six-episode limited series, which premieres Jan. 6 on ABC, Till-Mobley’s wardrobe cycles through a variety of palettes — bright and vibrant at the start, followed by dark shades of mourning as the story unfolds.

Women of the Movement follows Till-Mobley (played by Adrienne Warren) in her pursuit of justice for her son, Emmett Till, who was viciously murdered at age 14 in 1955 in the Jim Crow South. Till-Mobley is remembered for her courageous decision to hold an open-casket funeral service for Emmett, an event that exposed the world to the brutality of racism and ultimately helped propel the U.S. civil rights movement.