Costume, hair and makeup can tell you instantly, or at least give you a larger perception of who a character is. It's the first impression that you have of the character before they open their mouth, so it really does establish who they are.
I always have a moment when I know I'm designing the last costume that gets made for a movie, and it's always been floating up there, but it's kind of the last one. That's always probably the hardest one for me.
Costumes are the first impression that you have of the character before they open their mouth-it really does establish who they are.
One thing about costume design - and I think design in general - but especially costume design, is people have a misconception that it's very glamorous work.
I am always looking for ideas, whether it is in art on the street or in my world travels. It comes to me randomly and unexpectedly.
Sleepy Hollow had a lot of action in it, even though it was a fairy-tale movie.
I think a lot of young girls go through that period in their life of finding who they are, and at that point, looking good matters the most.
It's often said that costume designers are a faceless group of people. But we can contribute to fashion in a way that might be new and different.
Some of the kimonos took as long as four to five months to make, with all the layers that go into it.
The right costume determines the character, helps the actor feel who he is, and serves the story.
I like the architecture of lingerie.
I love designing costumes that I can actually construct, working to create an environment that people want to be in.
If you want someone to feel warm, you dress them in a warm color and put a warm light on them and you get the picture. Sometimes, all that needs pushing a little bit to help tell the story.
It's great fun that my grandkids get to see the costumes in 'Alice in Wonderland' or a doll with grandma's dress, but then they also let me know they're bummed I didn't do any of the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies.
The exposure I have had to beautiful materials across the world, from Japan to Italy, enables me to pull design ideas together. This, combined with years of historical research, has created a great fountain of ideas for me.
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