ABOUT: Costume designers are often trained fashion designers who pursue jobs in the film industry. Creative jobs in films usually are part of the art department. Award winning costumers usually work in the film production part of film making commonly reference to as ‘Below the Line’. Costume designers use costume rentals, famous fashion designers, retail stores (major & thrift), dressmakers, pattern makers and seamstresses who can ALL aid in development of the clothes for a particular film project. Professional Costume Designers work on TV Shows, Theatrical costumes, Independent studios, Circus, Mardi Gras, for Producers and Directors as well as Celebrities. Period costumes particularly can require a lot of Research (History of Fashion), Detail and Construction. This can be very expensive for the funder. Movie jobs in general are not easy to come by if a Costume Designer is not in a Union. Though Non-Union jobs are as common, some larger projects usually demand some affiliation with a Union organization. All in all, one can get started in what ever area one chooses to be part of by having a few ‘basic’ technical skills. Sandy Powell a seasoned Costume Designer has brought the art of Costume Design to a level of greatness. Other nominees for films like War Horse Steven Spielberg’s epic, The Descendants with George Clooney, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Hugo directed by Martin Scorsesse, are all a shoe for the Academy Awards. Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre has been playing host for the presentations in the past few years where winners like SOCIAL NETWORK, THE KING’S SPEECH and BABLE enjoyed being honored. Many times, Beginners learns from the Seasoned Designers working as their Assistants. You just keep at it till you can Master all there’s to learn.
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It’s a must if you take your career seriously. Good luck..!
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