updated: 09/05/2009

racechanging disguises: Alias (season 2)

I loved Alias, there were just so many reasons to watch it: witty; dark; a fascinating Rambaldi backplot; so many different versions of Jennifer Garner; brilliant makeup artists. The awards it collected (or is it garnered) were well deserved.

In season two there were two episodes where Sydney (Jennifer Garner) adopted ethnic disguises to complete her missions. In ‘The Counteragent’ Sydney needed to find a cure for Vaughn, but in order to find the antidote she had to help Sark to kidnap Sloane by posing as a Geisha masseuse. In the two-part episode ‘Passage’ Sydney, Jack and Irina (Lena Olin) had to put aside their differences and go undercover as a loving family in order to seize six nuclear warheads from an unfriendly nation; they had to adopt Indian disguise to escape when things went pear-shaped.

Sidney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) has worn so many disguises there is a complete sub-section for Alias. Sydney also adopted ethnic disguises in season one and season five.

The makeup and hair credits listed at IMDb include: Michael Reitz, department head hair stylist & wig designer; Katherine Rees, key hair stylist; James MacKinnon, makeup department head; Angela Nogaro, makeup department head; Diana Brown, key makeup artist; Rela Martine, key makeup artistl; Gil Mosko, special makeup effects artist; Margie Latinopoulos, special makeup effects artist.

The makeup and hairstyling awards and nominations the series has collected include: Emmy Award: Hairstyling (Michael Reitz – nomination 2005); Emmy Award: Non-Prosthetic Makeup (Angela Nogaro, Diana Brown & Kaori N Turner – winners 2003); Emmy Award: Hairstyling (Michael Reitz & Karen Bartek – nomination 2003); Emmy Award: Hairstyling (Michael Reitz & Karen Bartek – nomination 2002); Emmy Award: Non-Prosthetic Makeup (Angela Nogaro & Diana Brown – nomination 2002).