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Gossip Girl's Costume Designer Recalls His Favorite Fashion Moments

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When asked about his favorite fashion moment in the series finale,
Gossip Girl
costume designer Eric Daman has two instant answers.

“Serena descending the staircase in her gilded Georges Chakra wedding gown is a moment to remember forever,” he tells PEOPLE. “And Chuck and Blair (in Elie Saab) finally in wedding blues.”

Throughout its six seasons, the show offered many major style memories, though Daman finds it hard to pick just a few standouts.

“Each episode, each character, each outfit were all significant to the series — I loved dressing them all,” he says. “You can’t play favorites when playing with such a beautiful cast — after six years they become your family.”

That sense of family is something Daman says he’ll miss having. “I’ll cherish the wonderful, fashionable, madcap moments we spent together trying on designer duds and playing dress-up,” he shares.

Those moments of fashion brilliance are something he’d always hoped for — but didn’t necessarily think the show would attain.

“The styles on Gossip Girl evolved as much as we’d hoped they would from the beginning, and so much more than we could have ever imagined,” he says. “We set out to be on trend, and inspire trends, but we did not — and could not — have expected Gossip Girl to become the worldwide fashion phenomenon it has become.”

That evolution was especially clear on the show’s leading ladies, Blake Lively‘s Serena and Leighton Meester‘s Blair. “With the success of the show spanning a full six seasons, it offered an incredible opportunity to develop the styles of the characters very fully, and over a long character arc for each,” he explains. “As obvious as the choices seemed to become, they also became more specific, and more exciting to discover. As [the characters] grew up and evolved, their style followed suit.”

So with the show coming to a close, does Daman have any regrets? Just one, he says: “My only regret is that it is over.” Tell us: Whose wedding dress did you love best? And are you going to miss the show?  

–Kate Hogan