This Close- TV Series
This Close explores the lives of Kate and Michael as they navigate careers, love and life in LA as deaf best friends. While their disability sometimes creates barriers in their relationships with the outside world, it also sustains the insularity of their friendship. This series was especially exciting for me to design. It was an amazing experience to work with the creators/writers/stars right in the fitting room. Josh and Shoshanna knew the characters so well but also intrinsically knew the rules of the deaf community; ie: what would be distracting to wear when signing to another person. I loved learning from them and we all enjoyed a very co-creative process to bring these characters to life.
Flock of Four explores the changing landscape of Jazz music in Los Angeles in 1959. With the rise of Rock n' Roll and RnB, six high school students struggle to find identity, friendship and love. Using historical research as my bedrock, I designed and built period accurate costumes for all of the lead characters including a gorgeous cocktail dress for Ava, linen suits for the band and sportshirts for the lead five boys. In an astounding short time, my team and myself fit over 250 background in head to toe period costumes including flashbacks to 1920's, 1930's and 1940's.
Brockmire follows the demise and debauchery of a defamed major league baseball announcer who is forced to move down to the minor leagues. With only three weeks of prep and limited budget, I designed over 200 principal costume changes for this 8 episode series, including 4 custom-made baseball team uniforms, "a cadre of sexual weirdos" and a Filipino Soap Opera. My fantastic team, comprising of only 5 people total, fit and oversaw the costumes of a thousand background performers. The series included several flashbacks to the 1970's, 1990's and early 2000's. I sublimated fabric from Brockmire's 1970's plaid jacket in order to build two more Sportcoats to support the demands of shooting and story. For the flashbacks he needed his fresh, vibrant, clean sportcoat while the contemporary jacket needed to look 10 years older, heavily worn, schlepped around the world and appear as pitiful as Brockmire felt.
Written and directed by Olivia Milch, Dude is a coming of age story about four strong young ladies who use their unbreakable friendship as their bedrock to understand their ever changing world. I designed 150 principal costume changes for this film using both contemporary and vintage clothing. The director wanted the film to feel timeless and classic which is best illustrated by integrating the fashions of several decades within a scene.
She Who Excels in Solitude follows the story of 2 women in 1961 as they both strive to break the mold of expectation and limitation. Based on true events of NASA's search for women astronauts in the early 60's. With one day of prep, I designed 10 period accurate costumes.
Goodbye World tells the story of 6 disenfranchised friends who reunite at a Northern California safe house when the technological world crumbles into anarchy. For this film, I designed over 120 costume changes in less than 2 weeks with the help of an assistant only. The design concept for this film really had a worn in and weathered feel, distressing the costumes to look authentic was my top priority.
Caught is psycho-thriller based on true events. A married woman becomes unhinged when she learns of her husband's infidelity. Because this movie takes place all in one night, the challenge for costume design was planning out all the phases of distressing as the terror unfolds in the story. The movie begins with most of the characters relatively put together but as the story unravels down the rabbit hole, it's important for the costumes to reflect that descension. By the end, not only are the characters undone but literally the costumes are as well.
Based off the acclaimed web series of the same name, Jake and Amir is an office comedy about two millennials who just can't seem to get it right at work. The costume design concept for this pilot was to be bright and cheerful with several pops of color to coordinate with the "Google Campus" look of the production design.
Family Reunion is comedy about the complexities of family dynamics and the inherent hilarity that ensues. Because of the large ensemble cast, I designed over 75 costume changes with the help of only an assistant and two weeks of prep.
The Lull Breaker explores the history and cycle of domestic violence. It is both contemporary and period from 1982. With only one day prep, I designed 6 costume changes including 3 period accurate costumes.