Hello Frocktalkers – I am up to my armpits in prep on a new film, so forgive me if these updates are brief and far between. I am doing my best for you, and looking forward to more interviews during, and about, awards season!! Here is the latest in the “Ask Kristin” feature –
Dear Kristin: Do you know of any on-line site where one can view sketches of costumes for particular movies? I am particularly interested in the simple striped smock/apron worn by Madame Méliès in Hugo. Thanks. – Frocktalker Amy
Dear Frockalker Amy: Thank you so much for this question. There are a few ways to see costume sketches from specific films. The first is to google “costume sketch (movie title)” or “costume illustration (movie title)”, or “costume sketch (designer name)”. The problem is.. we, as designers, are not technically allowed to share these sketches as they are property of the studio. The studio has to approve publication of these sketches in order for them to be made public. So while you might be able to find some of the sketches from the movie, you might not be able to find ALL of them. Additionally, if the garment was rented or purchased, there may not BE a sketch for it, as it wasn’t something that was constructed. Generally, we sketch costumes that need to be built/sewn – we sketch in order to show the workroom (and the director, and the studio) our ideas. Occasionally, when we have time/money, we can sketch all of the looks for a movie, but generally we sketch what needs to be constructed, as a matter of practical reality.
I hope that this answers your question. Unfortunately, there is not one “hub” for costume sketches. But hey – if anyone wants to start one, I will totally support you. Just saying… www.costumesketchhub.com is up for grabs!