Costume Designer


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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"A COSTUME DESIGNER transforms the words of the script into visual imagery and creates the look of a character. A costume designer creates the look of a character in film or television. This requires detailed research and director’s vision. Often, the costumes set fashion trends that inspire fashion designers and impact world culture."- Costume Designers Guild

Highlights
Bob Mackie on the famous curtain-rod dress he made for Carol Burnett in a spoof of "Gone With the Wind" on her show
02:17
Janie Bryant on fabrics that are ill-suited for television and how she works with whites and dyes on Mad Men
Ret Turner on advice to aspiring costume designers; on the role of television on fashion
01:24
Patricia Field on her advice to aspiring television costume designers: "identify your assets"
Robert Blackman on advice to an aspiring costume designer
01:16
Ray Aghayan what makes great costume design and a great costume designer
00:45
Who talked about this profession

Ray Aghayan

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Ray Aghayan on his early costume design experiences for Matinee Theater
09:05
Ray Aghayan what makes great costume design and a great costume designer
00:45
Ray Aghayan on advice to aspiring costume designers
00:38

Robert Blackman

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Robert Blackman on the fabrics they used for the costumes on Star Trek: The Next Generation
04:51
Robert Blackman on the budget constraints of costume designing for Star Trek: The Next Generation
02:12
Robert Blackman on the process of designing costumes for Star Trek: The Next Generation  and working with producer Rick Berman
08:32
Robert Blackman on where he gets the inspiration for his costumes
00:31
Robert Blackman on advice to an aspiring costume designer
01:16

Janie Bryant

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Janie Bryant on first discovering the costume design profession and her early interest and introduction to the job - "fashion design is not always about fashion, it's about creating character"
Janie Bryant on the responsibilities of a costume designer and the differences for that profession in film and television
01:37
Janie Bryant on why she was interested in designing for a period piece, and how she came to become the costume designer on Deadwood  which was a Western TV series based in the 1890s
01:54
Janie Bryant on achieving the "dirty" look for the costumes on Deadwood; on the inspiration for the costumes and direction from the director David Milch
07:55
Janie Bryant on how she researched and designed the costumes on Mad Men and on the attention to detail for the 1960s period series
Janie Bryant on her collaborative work with Mad Men  series creator Matthew Weiner and their philosophy about the design for the costumes on the show
01:54
Janie Bryant on how much she knows in advance about Mad Men and how much she has to keep secret about her costumes
Janie Bryant on fabrics that are ill-suited for television and how she works with whites and dyes on Mad Men
Janie Bryant on her role as the costume designer for Mad Men  and the attention to detail on the show
03:22
Janie Bryant on her advice to aspiring costume designers
00:36
Janie Bryant on her own fashion style and brand
Janie Bryant takes us on a tour of the Mad Men  costume shop; she shows us each character's "closet" and specific costumes from episodes of the show, how the closets are organized and her process for selecting or designing costumes

Patricia Field

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Patricia Field on her inspiration for the Sex and the City  costume design, her color palette choices, and the budget for the show
Patricia Field on Sex and the City "that show brought the fashion industry alive"
00:22
Patricia Field on her process of costume designing for Sex and the City  "it begins with the script"
Patricia Field on how the writers on Sex and the City  began writing to the fashion, such as an episode where "Carrie" says "I lost my Choos" (referring to Jimmy Choo shoes); on how the clothes became famous themselves
02:18
Patricia Field on dressing the men on Sex and the City; on dressing extras
Patricia Field on the role of fashion on Sex and the City  "you're not selling clothes, you're telling a story WITH clothes"
00:30
Patricia Field on her proudest achievement as costume designer on Sex and the City  and its impact on women "it broke down the uniform"
02:24
Patricia Field on working on Spin City  as a costume designer; on working on a sitcom
Patricia Field on the decision to give Meryl Streep white hair in "The Devil Wears Prada"
Patricia Field on her style and her approach to fashion as timeless
Patricia Field on her advice to aspiring television costume designers: "identify your assets"

Bob Mackie

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Bob Mackie on wanting to be a costume designer
00:56
Bob Mackie on the craft of costume design for television
06:05
Bob Mackie on finding inspiration for costume designing on television
00:39
Bob Mackie on the famous curtain-rod dress he made for Carol Burnett in a spoof of "Gone With the Wind" on her show
02:17
Bob Mackie on his design style
01:29
Bob Mackie on advice to aspiring costume designers
00:45
Bob Mackie on costume design today
02:10

Rita Riggs

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Rita Riggs on a typical workday at CBS Television City in the '50s
03:13
Rita Riggs on adjustments that were made for costume designers when they switched to color
01:44
Rita Riggs on dealing with costuming guest-stars
00:55
Rita Riggs on a typical work week working as a costumer for several shows at once
04:32
Rita Riggs on the process of designing costumes for television
03:04
Rita Riggs on favorite fabrics and colors she uses when costuming, where she finds her inspiration, and her philosophy of costuming
04:01
Rita Riggs on the difference between being credited for costumes and wardrobe
01:03
Rita Riggs on advice to aspiring television costume designers
00:39

Ret Turner

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Ret Turner on the craft of costume design
02:44
Ret Turner on the craft of designing
02:14
Ret Turner on working with directors
02:02
Ret Turner on his personal design style
02:10
Ret Turner on advice to aspiring costume designers; on the role of television on fashion
01:24