Tatiana Maslany in Parker and Cameo

Posted on May 31, 2013

We were so pleased with ourselves for coining the term Frankendress, but then someone had to get literal about it and make a Frankenskirt.


‘Orphan Black’ star Tatiana Maslany attends the Variety Emmy Studio in West Hollywood, California in a black Parker top paired with a Cameo skirt and Kara Ackerman ring. 

Cameo He Said What Skirt

Kara Ackerman Ring

This could be really cute, but we think the colors – or rather, the non-colors – of the skirt aren’t helping the look. This is going to put some awful imagery in your head and for that we apologize, but it totally looks like it’s made out of skin.

Right? Ew.

And it’s a shame, because the shape and the idea are really cute and if it was only in a bright pink or a deep blue or basically any other colors but these, that skirt would rock. The top’s a little on the bland side, though.

But the real reason we’re featuring her here is because we’re madly in love with her after falling madly in love with her series, Orphan Black on BBC America. We cannot recommend this show enough. It gets into some really goofy sci-fi stuff at certain points, but really, it’s no worse than Lost was on that front. And we’re making that comparison deliberately, because it hasn’t been since early-season Lost that a show has done such an amazing job of keeping the plot moving and the tension building, while at the same time giving us engrossing characters that we can’t help fall in love with just a little bit, even as we hate some of them. What makes this so much more fascinating is that almost all of the various engrossing characters are played by Tatiana – and she sometimes does a jaw-dropping job of totally becoming a different person each time. We’re not kidding when we say it’ll be a crime if she doesn’t get an Emmy nomination. She’s that good. Some of the very best, most intense acting on television right now.



[Photo Credit: Getty, fashion88.net, karaackerman.com]

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  • blogless

    From the Frankenstein/Pocahontas Collection.

    • Mrs. Julien


      • Omg, this is exactly what I was just doing in my head! Mine was Frankahontas.

        • Lol. Frankenwords.

      • DebbieLovesShoes

        hahahaha *gasp*

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    I need a new show – thanks for the reco! I’ll check it out.

    • JosephLamour

      She is FAN-TAS-TIC. Like… without giving too much away, she plays a drug dealer’s grilfriend, a kum-bay-yah type, a housewife, a russian girl, and they all have different accents. ITS AMAZING.

    • elemspbee

      oh. so lucky you are. you get to watch the show from the beginning! enjoy.

  • Jeremiah Capacillo

    I really loved the look. The shape and colors conspired to make her look like a slightly edgy ballerina.

    Until I saw your “her skirt looks made out of skin” comment, of course. CANNOT UNSEE.

    • But basically, what is leather if not cow skin? I’m not a vegan or animal rights activist, it just is what it is.

  • Kimmu

    I like it because it looks like skin. I have a morbid sense of humour. I’d be snerking the entire time I was wearing something like that and then continue to talk about much watching Hannibal makes me hungry. Seriously, it does. That show is terrible for quelling cravings late at night.

    • fursa_saida

      Hannibal is SO GOOD and the food is SO GOOD-LOOKING.

  • Nancer

    I didn’t recognizer her with her hair like that. Yes, I love the series too – it’s one of the best new shows on the air. As to the outfit, I agree on the color for the skirt. But hey, that ring is fantastic!

  • That skirt will look really cute when it gets its stitches out.

  • Moriginal

    Even in these pictures she looks like yet another different person. I love her!

    I started watching OB on TLo’s recommendation, and I cannot agree harder with everything they said. I love agreeing hard with TLo. Thanks guys.

  • majorbedhead

    Oooh, I love Orphan Black! I was wondering if you guys were watching that. Good stuff.

    It does look like skin, now that you mention it. I also think it could maybe be a touch longer, because if she bends over, she’s going to show the good china.

  • Monzerrat Ontiveros

    maybe if the stitches weren’t that big…

  • notterriblybitter

    I’m indifferent to the dress but I love her and I love the show. I thought of Tatiana when what’s-her-face made the “let the wig do the work” comment to Megan on Mad Men. Tatiana doesn’t let the wig do the work and that’s why the show is so good.

  • seras.victoria

    I LOVE orphan black. They are doing a marathon of all episodes before the season finale tomorrow! record it, people!

    • l_c_ann

      Thanks for this. I think we’ve got the whole thing ‘tivo’ed’ but will check tonight just in case

  • yethica

    Agreed. She’s so good that I frequently forget that the different characters are the same actress.

  • Wow! What a glowing recommendation for interesting entertainment. I’ll be checking that out.

    Skin skirt, can’t unsee it.

  • gabbilevy

    So glad you guys are watching Orphan Black! It’s SO so so SO good. And TM is unbelievably good.

  • Haley Buchanan

    Thanks for featuring Tatiana and her show! My favorite thing about Tatiana on on Orphan Black is not just that she plays multiple characters, but that she sometimes has to play one character impersonating another character, and she does the difficult acting challenge justice every time. She is a phenomenal actress. Yes, it reminds me of LOST, but it reminds me even more of Dollhouse – which I believe T and Lo would also enjoy if they have never watched it!

  • hughman

    I’d say the skirt looked like a lampshade but yikes. That is some bad mojo.

  • Isabel

    TLo, please watch Vikings when it returns for Season 2 on History Channel. Season 1 has been yanked from the website for now. You would like it for the costumes, screenwriting, and the …..

    handsome but dirty guys on the show!

    • Nonmercisansfacon

      Mmmh Floki…

      • MilaXX

        I’ll take that as a yes. *adds to tv watching list*

        • editrixie

          You know, I thought it was going to be my new fandom there for a few episodes, and then blam! There was one episode where it completely fell apart for me and I finished out the season, but I don’t know that I’ll be back. I’d say you’ll know if it’s for you when you get to the halfway point.

    • MilaXX

      Is it Sparticus level good?

      • Isabel

        Vikings is a tad bit better than Kurt Douglas’/Tony Curtis’ movie version (all the actors in that movie were too clean!). If you mean the 21st century Spartacus from Starz, I don’t know. Don’t have that station in my cable package.

        • MilaXX

          Yeah I meant the Starz version

      • Nonmercisansfacon

        It’s not Spartacus level good yet. Mainly because for the first half of the season, the villain(s) are bad clichés, not nearly interesting enough or smart enough to build any kind of tension. But I have the feeling (based on the last episodes) that next season’s villain(s) could be better.The main character, is pretty interesting with a maniac gleam in his eyes, his wife is one badass woman (Spartacus-level of women badassery) and Floki is becoming my favorite character (dude has a deep love for eyeliner!). It’s an entertaining TV show that got me through the wait for GOT.

        • MilaXX

          Cool, I’ll check it out over the summer.

  • marlie

    I’ve been wanting to check out that show. Thanks!

    As for the skirt, it reminds me of the toy “sewing” sets that my friend’s 3 year olds play with (with the giant holes and shoelaces as “thread”).

  • sagecreek

    I like the idea of that skirt, but not the execution.

  • Patrick Cleary

    I agree about the acting. I think the skirt would be more acceptable if paired with a chocolate brown top.

  • crash1212

    I feel a total give-up-the-weekend Orphan Black festival is in my future. I’ve heard SUCH good things about it, I must join in!

    I like the idea of the skirt, but totally agree that any other color would’ve worked better. It’s a cute look – skin skirt notwithstanding.

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    Luuuv Oprhan Black. Great pace, great acting from Tatiana. Totally loving all the different characters she plays, Sarah, fake-Beth, Alison, Kasima (Cosima? sp). Paul is still the weak link in all this but I’m willing to accept his wooden expression if he gets more badass action scenes.

    • MilaXX

      Don’t forget cazy Helena

      • Nonmercisansfacon

        How could I forget her, she’s crazy! Love the way she has this habit of talking to Paul’s picture!

  • pookiesmom

    LOVE Orphan Black. I’m rewatching Lost, and Orphan Black is actually a much more solid show on a number of levels. It’s really great, the plot develops consistently, and the characters are all very likable and interesting.

    Has anybody here watched Continuum? The first season is on Netflix. That’s another super well-crafted show that fits into this genre of alterna-world vaguely sci-fi shows. I like it even more than Orphan Black, and the plot is one of the most well-crafted, well-paced ones I’ve encountered. The dramatic universe is detailed enough to rival Battlestar Galactica, but it’s even more consistent & relatable than BG in my opinion.

    • MilaXX

      Wasn’t impressed with the first ep. Of Continuum, but love Defiance. Took me a while to get used to the guy who was Vincent Van Gogh on Who as the bad guy & Mila Kirshner I’d on my irrational hate this, but I love the show

    • Nonmercisansfacon

      I watch Continuum but have to say, it took me a while to get into it. Plot is not as well-crafted as it needs to be for a show that walks on the already well-trodden path of time-traveling and time paradoxes. Also, it could be the liberal in me but I wish they had not painted Liber8 in such black and white, full-on villain terms. The acting is also very uneven.

  • Dear TLo, thank you for the first recommendation a few weeks ago – I spent a really good time watching the first episodes and I’m looking forward to the next! Wouldn’t have thought of watching it without you.

  • veriance

    I love the show and I *need* that ring.

    She looks like a cocktail server in Halloweentown. Jaaaack?

  • MilaXX

    I like the outfit but it may be to my love for this show and her performances. At one point I forgot it was one actress playing what, 6 different characters. As much as I am looking coward to Saturdsy’s episode, I’m sad that its the season ended.

  • Now all I can think about is ‘it rubs the lotion on its skin or it gets the hose!’

    • sekushinonyanko


      • Gah! I almost put that but I wasn’t sure so I left it off! Thanks 🙂

        • Listen to the song Lotion by the Greenskeepers and it will become an extra creepy earworm.

          EWW EARWORMS sorry.

          • Omg, lol that song was a hoot, thanks.

          • It’s great for Halloween playlists – it also causes partygoers to look up and wonder, “What the hell?”

  • swiss_miss

    Thank you for mentioning Orphan Black before, I totally binged on it because of your recommandation. While Tatiana is doing a fantastic job with a very challenging role, my favourite character is Sarahs brother Felix. But then, the actor said that an inspiration for him in playing Felix were cats, so how could I not love him?

  • mjude

    how do i not know about orphan black. what channel?

    • MilaXX


      • mjude

        phooey. another show i wont be able to see. thanks!

  • Janet B

    Skin colored skirts are not attractive.

  • maggiemaybe

    Creepiest skirt EVER.

  • elemspbee

    OMG thank you T’Lo for featuring this. Not for the clothes but for bringing Orphan Black into T’Lo world! it’s the best show y’all. Watch it. 100% agree that it Tatiana plays each character so differently. It’s a smart show, and lots of fun!

    • kassy

      My thoughts exactly!!! I just squeeed to my husband “Orphan Black made T-Lo!”

  • Dan_In_NYC

    If ever there were a Frankenskirt, that certainly is it!

  • Anniebet

    Orphan Black has been on the outskirts of my awareness, now I *have* to check it out. She’s pretty adorable in a generic way. Too bad her outfit isn’t making us all ooh! and ahh! instead of wtf? and huh?

  • MartyBellerMask

    Yeeeah, the skirt is pure Leatherface and I want no part of it.

  • Dagney

    I want to know how on God’s green earth that skirt is considered fashion?! I mean, is it a joke? It LITERALLY looks like a project someone made at a summer camp in Girl Scouts.

  • Wiki’d the show – so it’s sort of like Dollhouse, but with a lead who’s actually good at becoming multiple characters? (Much as I love Eliza Dushku, but she plays a type, and so all her Echo personas blended together in general.) I think I might look into this!

    • editrixie

      NO. It’s nothing like Dollhouse. Really. Really really not.

  • editrixie

    I first noticed her in an episode of Flashpoint first season years back — I was blown away by her as a girl held captive for years and years suddenly faced with a new girl that he’d kidnapped, and watching this whole world she’d grown to think of as hers crumbling. She was AMAZING. So I wasn’t surprised to see how amazing she is in Orphan Black.

    I admit I love both the skirt and the top, but I can totally see what you’re saying about both.

  • kimiakay

    O.K., now I cannot get that “skin” comparison out of my head. Nightmare city. IF the skirt were a different color I’m just not sure what kind of top or sweater would be a good choice. And I guess, if you want to be technical, all cow leather, snake, etc., is skin. Yuck. At least it’s not a meat dress:))

  • snarkykitten

    oh sweet jesus. it looks like something Hannibal Lecture would design.

  • Sheneve Butler

    I really like the outfit, and Tatiana looks like Tina Majorino here. Love Orphan Black, and more people need to watch it. The show is amazing, and I love the pace.

  • ryenerman

    I love Orphan Black. Her outfit, not as much.

  • Chris

    It’s Sally from “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

  • JuliaInBlack

    I realized it was true love when I recorded both shows and chose to watch Orphan Black first, BEFORE the Doctor Who finale.

  • AbbeyRogue

    I think Buffalo Bill made that skirt out of Frederica Bimmell.

  • demidaemon

    Yeah, that skirt is one of the heights of ugly. Unfortunately, there are many, many heights of ugly.

  • nnbb

    On hour 5 of Orphan Black binge solely due to this post today. It is nearly 3:00am…halp me!

  • Orphan Black is awesome.

  • ali meowmeow

    Well, thanks to this post, I started watching Orphan Black and I’m facing the problem that I can’t consume the episodes fast enough. THANKS A LOT, GUYS.

    …and back to watching.

  • librarygrrl64

    Looks like the cheap wallets that one makes at summer camp.