Låt oss ta ett djupt andetag och kontemplera lite över dessa jeans. Jag ska inte ljuga. Jag har nog just nu på mig 90-tals jeans 90 procent av min vakna tid.
Jag kontaktade experten på 90-tals stil, Debra McGuire, och vi pratade tv serien vänner, Freaks and geaks och vad som är bäst med att jobba som costume designer i hollywood. Enjoy.
What does a day as a costume designer on a set look like?
I can only speak for myself because I have no idea how other CD’s work. I’m sure it is different for everyone.
It also varies for me as each project requires different things.
I am rarely on set for the TV shows I design at FOX. When I design the original ”pilot” for the show, each character is meticulously considered and I am on set for the entire shooting process.
Once the show goes to series my role shifts. Assuming that these characters have been created and defined to the writer-show runner’s satisfaction, we proceed. Weekly, each script puts the characters in situations that need to be considered. All of these things are discussed at the ”Concept” Meeting and then clarified at the ”Production” meeting, prior to shooting. We compose an ”album” every week with pictures of each character for each scene. Once this is approved I set the line. My Costume Supervisor is always present when clothes are ”established” and I will also be on set if I think there still might be a choice or an issue with the outfit. Often my presence on set is solely for the comfort of the actor if I suspect that support might be needed.
In films, however, my role on set is determined by other variables. Usually this has to do with my relationship to the Director I am working with. Some are more comfortable with my being on set for each outfit establishing. Others are ok with my ACD or Superviser being there. If I am on set I am not looking ahead and working on what’s next. I’m always in the workroom or shopping or in my office making sure that things are happening. When I’m on set, all of this is on hold. Often I am managing ”crew” and making sure that the next days work is ready and prepared to my satisfaction. I
have great trust and admiration for my crews. They support all that I do and make everything possible. There is a lot of collaboration in the way I work.
What is most fun about your profession?
Yesterday was the Holiday party for all of my crews. There were over 30 people. I looked around the room and realized that I loved each person in the room…and better yet, I know they all love each other! This is really the greatest part of my job. I care about each and every one of them. They give 100% everyday, enduring long hours and often difficult obstacles. We are in a profession where people are passionate about what they do. Can’t get better than that!!
Do you have any advice for someone wanting to work as a costume designer?
Work in as many situations as you can. Work for free. Do anything and everything and keep an open mind. Experience other designers. Find a mentor. Work hard. Make sure this lifestyle suits your life-vision. It’s not for everyone. You must learn to find a balance because this work can take over your personal life. I recommend a daily practice: meditation, yoga, etc. This has been my salvation.
Do you have any fun memory to share from your time working on the show freaks and geeks and from the hit tv-show friends?
I did both shows at the same time and they couldn’t have been more different. I loved going from one world to the next. It was so rich.
I LOVED the kids on FREAKS and was greeted each day with hugs and kisses!! (I had to leave my own children to work everyday and so this environment fed my soul!) I have a relationship with all of them today.
This show, like FRIENDS, defined my career.
Multiple projects with Judd Apatow; Designing Jake Kasdan’s 3 shows at FOX;
John Daley Directing the next film I do (this is our 2nd), shooting in April. My Costume Supervisor for this film has been with me since then! I worked with Sam Levine last week and Martin Star reached out with a ”miss you, love you” text, this Summer.
One of my funniest memories was when we were doing fittings in the very beginning, trying to define each character. Martin Star was a young boy, they all were. We would give him the clothes and he would go into the dressing room. 30 minutes later he would emerge. We had about 30 outfits so the experience was bizarre and perplexing. What could possibly take so long?? I’ve since asked him about it but I don’t think he really remembers. We do! We’ll never forget! We laughed about it hysterically then and we’re still laughing about it!!
FRIENDS was another story. In the first 3 years the cast was very close with crew. As the years went on there was a greater divide. None of them loved fittings. This was difficult for me, especially because I was trying to create original costumes.
The girls would come in individually for fittings and I would have a rack for each of them. Jennifer would come in and rifle through Courtney’s clothes. She’d pull things out that she wanted to try. At one point my Superviser suggested we put all the things we wanted Jennifer to wear in Courtney’s line. I couldn’t believe it but it worked! Flawlessly! We’d laugh after every fitting and ”high-five”! Success! What a brilliant idea. I never would have thought of it!!
To this day (FRIENDS started in 1994) I get emails asking about the clothes. At least one EVERY week. There is a new generation discovering the show and asking where they could buy this or that. I usually answer, ”That was 20 years ago!!” Haha!!!!