I am a costume designer and remain as passionate today as I was when I was given my first drama to design for which I was nominated for an RTS award . BBC trained, I have many years experience under my belt now.
I love the whole process, the collaboration, the excitement of playing a key role in the building and definition of a character.
Everything starts with the script, and it’s important to immerse yourself completely into the story. For me, this helps to create pictures in my mind of the characters and they continue to evolve from there.
No one works in a vacuum and collaboration is key. The director and producer must be happy and the actors, that’s a given, but the pictures in my mind are the starting point. Of course, unless you have unlimited time and a budget to source fabrics and make everything there are going to be compromises, so my mental images remain fluid. Often giving me a feel for the spirit of a character rather than specific details. I do work intuitively I think, and there is often one thing that triggers my inspiration, and that can be anything, a colour, a texture, a particular detail. I find it or it finds me, and that’s the beginning.