CDG - The Costume Designer

Winter 2018

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CONTRIBUTORS CHRISTINE COVER FERRO (Joanna Johnston Profile) M ARCY FROEHLICH (History of Dress, Text) The first designer names I remember were Walter Plunkett for Gone with the Wind and Cecil Beaton for My Fair Lady. When I volunteered to work on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night in college and was asked if I wanted to design the cos- tumes, I remember asking, "What does that mean?" Oh boy, what an answer it has become! ROBIN RICHESSON (History of Dress, Illustrator) I'm not sure when I first knew Costume Design was a job, but I was working as a storyboard artist, and a friend told me that Marlene Stewart, the designer on Cliffhanger (the Sylvester Stallone film), needed a sketch artist. I thought designers all did their own sketches! I got the job and Bruce Hogard, on her crew, told me the CDG had sketch artist members and that I should join. I made a beeline for the Guild and joined up. In those days, one had to show a portfolio and I was thrilled to be taken into the group. B ONNIE NIPAR (Boldface Names) STACY ELLEN RICH (Boldface Names) As a teen, I remember seeing Amadeus on cable repeat- edly (yes, it was called cable then, circa 1986ish). I was entranced. I saw the credit on the screen and thought, there is this person called a Costume Designer (insert beautiful sigh) that did some- thing to make this happen. It was a lavish mystery to me. Now I really know what a Costume Designer is—from time to time, lavish and from job to job, a mystery. When did you first realize there is someone who designs costumes for a film or television series? Did you ever think you would become one? A&D Wholesale Vintage Clothing LLC 3501 Union Pacific Ave., LA, CA 90023 (310) 701-5126 Email: High Quality Handpicked Vintage Clothing at Wholesale Prices Wardrobe for All Ages and Eras - Restocked Weekly Serving Designers, Stylists and Studio Personnel (By Appointment Only) Never Open to the Public Gone with the Wind was on my eighth grade summer reading list, and that happened to coincide with the film's 50th anniversary. So A&E (back when that meant Arts & Entertainment) had all these in-depth making-of specials. One of them included Ann Rutherford's story about Walter Plunkett and the petticoats. Being a Costume Designer didn't occur to me as something for me until a few years later. As a kid growing up in Pittsburgh, I would rush home after school to watch old classic films that aired on The Early Show. My favorites were the musical comedies. I loved the dancing and the upbeat feel- ing they gave me … but most of all, I loved the gorgeous outfits. I was about 10 years old when I asked my grandmother, "Where do the actors shop for such beautiful clothes?" Her answer was my first knowledge that there actually was a person who was responsible for designing and having the costumes made for each film. I was completely fascinated, but I never dreamed that I could become a Costume Designer … it just seemed too magical for a young girl like me.

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