‘Yellowstone’ TV: Costume Designer Johnetta Boone Discusses How She Landed on the Hit Show

by Suzanne Halliburton

Yellowstone costume designer Johnetta Boone has deep roots in the business. She’s dressed celebrities from Kevin Costner to Oprah Winfrey.

And it was one of her long-time contacts who helped Boone land the job on Yellowstone. Boone talked about how she got her start on the show and her philosophy behind dressing the characters in a video posted Wednesday on the Yellowstone Twitter account.

Ruth Carter was the original costume designer for Yellowstone. The 60-year-old is one of the best in the business. She won the Oscar for Best Costume Design for her fantastic work on Black Panther. She was the first African-American to win this category. Carter also earned Academy Award nominations for her costume work on Malcolm X and Amistad.

Boone already knew Carter. The two worked together on a show in the 1990s. Boone said she “took lots of notes” while working with Carter. So Carter paved the way for Boone to take over the vast Yellowstone closets for season two.

Boone graduated from a performing arts high school in Washington, D.C. And then she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, studying fashion design and merchandising.

When Boone Arrived On Yellowstone, She Wanted To Give Characters a Signature Piece To Wear

By the time she arrived on the Yellowstone set, Boone said the style of the characters already was established. “When it fits, you don’t want to break what’s not broken,” she said.

In a previous interview with GoldDerby.com, Boone said she was happy with her Yellowstone welcome, adding that Carter gave her a seamless transition.

“It was actually quite fantastic because (Carter) did such an amazing job in Season 1 and it was easy to just walk right in,” Boone said. “Ruth and I are friends, so it was a wonderful shifting of the guard. It was a great welcome from the cast. Everything was set up very nicely for me, so it was a very warm reception. It almost felt like I had been there, which was really great because sometimes when you’re going in, you could feel like a new person in a room where a party is already going.”

Boone said she still wanted to give the Duttons and other Yellowstone characters some individual flair.

“I used pieces from their existing closets and then built on that based off of what was already there and then interjected things that I personally liked and shopped for,” Boone said. “With the character Rainwater, I added some Native American lapel pins on his suit that were made out of bone and sterling silver with turquoise. … I like having iconic pieces that are sort of signature pieces, pieces that someone wears all the time.”

And Boone said Kevin Costner as John Dutton is a stickler for his jeans. What works in real life also works best on TV, too.