The Costumes of 'Mercy Street'

Daniel Hautzinger
Alice Green, Jed Foster, and Jane Green. (PBS/Erik Heinila)
(PBS/Erik Heinila)

Mercy Street airs Sundays at 7:00 pm, and previous episodes are available to stream here.

Like any good period drama, Mercy Street has wonderful costumes. As costume desinger Amy Andrews Harrell said in an interview, "These costumes had to be very special. I am a PBS viewer, and I know what I expect when I turn on my PBS costume dramas. And that is what I wanted to deliver." 

And deliver she did. From silk ball gowns to surgeon's outfits, from work-worn rags to sensible cotton dresses, the clothes in season 2 of Mercy Street are stunning. Like the rest of the show, they also showcase an impressive attention to historical detail.

Mercy Street airs Sundays at 7:00 pm, and is available to stream.

A silk taffeta traveling dress for Alice Green (AnnaSophia Robb) with a pattern from an 1860s ladies book. (PBS, Sketches courtesy Amy Andrews Harrell)A silk taffeta traveling dress for Alice Green (AnnaSophia Robb) with a pattern from an 1860s ladies book. (PBS, Sketches courtesy Amy Andrews Harrell)

A wool and cotton outfit for Detective Allan Pinkerton (Brían F. O'Byrne). (PBS, Sketches courtesy Amy Andrews Harrell)A wool and cotton outfit for Detective Allan Pinkerton (Brían F. O'Byrne). (PBS, Sketches courtesy Amy Andrews Harrell)

A background dress for a party scene. (PBS, Sketches courtesy Amy Andrews Harrell)A background dress for a party scene. (PBS, Sketches courtesy Amy Andrews Harrell)

Donna Murphy as Jane Green wore this silk dress, Amy Andrews's favorite dress from season 2. (PBS, Sketches courtesy Amy Andrews Harrell)Donna Murphy as Jane Green wore this silk dress, Amy Andrews's favorite dress from season 2. (PBS, Sketches courtesy Amy Andrews Harrell)

A cotton and wool outfit with silk tie and linen apron for Jed Foster (Josh Radnor). (PBS, Sketches courtesy Amy Andrews Harrell)A cotton and wool outfit with silk tie and linen apron for Jed Foster (Josh Radnor). (PBS, Sketches courtesy Amy Andrews Harrell)

Charlotte Jenkins' (Patina Miller) cotton dress with organdy collar. (PBS, Sketches courtesy Amy Andrews Harrell)Charlotte Jenkins' (Patina Miller) cotton dress with organdy collar. (PBS, Sketches courtesy Amy Andrews Harrell)

Alice Green's organza and silk hoop dress. (PBS, Sketches courtesy Amy Andrews Harrell)Alice Green's organza and silk hoop dress. (PBS, Sketches courtesy Amy Andrews Harrell)

A costume for Abel, played by Luray Cooper. (PBS, Sketches courtesy Amy Andrews Harrell)A costume for Abel, played by Luray Cooper. (PBS, Sketches courtesy Amy Andrews Harrell)

A cotton dress for Belinda Gibson (L. Scott Caldwell). (PBS, Sketches courtesy Amy Andrews Harrell)A cotton dress for Belinda Gibson (L. Scott Caldwell). (PBS, Sketches courtesy Amy Andrews Harrell)

A linen dress with cotton collar and pearl buttons for Emma Green (Hannah James). (PBS, Sketches courtesy Amy Andrews Harrell) A linen dress with cotton collar and pearl buttons for Emma Green (Hannah James). (PBS, Sketches courtesy Amy Andrews Harrell)

Nurse Anne Hasting's (Tara Summers) cotton dress with linen apron. (PBS, Sketches courtesy Amy Andrews Harrell)Nurse Anne Hasting's (Tara Summers) cotton dress with linen apron. (PBS, Sketches courtesy Amy Andrews Harrell)

A linen dress with velvet ribbon and appliqued detail for Lisette Beaufort (Lyne Renée). (PBS, Sketches courtesy Amy Andrews Harrell)A linen dress with velvet ribbon and appliqued detail for Lisette Beaufort (Lyne Renée). (PBS, Sketches courtesy Amy Andrews Harrell)