Women’s Custom Made Pattern Maker/Fitter John Van Hout has been in the business of costuming for over two decades. Originally starting his career in the world of theatre, he moved into work for TV, film, and commercials and has worked on a huge variety of different projects. A proud union member, he believes a costumer’s education is never finished.
His most memorable experience: joining MPC 705.
How he got into costuming: the world of theatre.
What he has worked on: Over fifty movies, TV series, pilots, and commercials.
Originally from Tehran, Hossein Namdar is a Key Cutter/Fitter and a Tailor for both men and women’s costumes. He has been a costumer since 1986, landing a career milestone film job in 2001, when he served as a Cutter/Fitter on Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence. That same year he served as a Tailor on Jim Carrey’s The Majestic. He has gone on to work on acclaimed TV shows such as Star Trek, Justified, Masters of Sex, and Westworld.
His most memorable experience: working on Star Trek.
He loves: working on ‘50s era costumes.
The most creative thing he has done on short notice: putting together Shaq’s Kazaam costume.
Women’s Custom Made member Deborah Ash has been sewing since childhood so costuming was a natural outlet for her skills. She has began her career working in theater, eventually moving into photo shoots and commercials before signing on for some of the most well-known TV shows and films in recent memory.
Her most memorable experience: seeing a jacket she made for Jane Lynch featured prominently in the posters for the film.
She loves: being part of a creative team.
Her advice for aspiring costumers: educate yourself and be persistent.
Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time hits theaters today and we had the pleasure of sitting down with Background Costumer Susan Lee and Fabric Buyer Laura Wong to learn about their work on the film. Laura helped find the perfect materials for the elaborate and eclectic globally-inspired costumes worn by the Mrs. characters, doing an impressive amount of work within a limited time. Susan dressed the film’s extensive cast of background actors in a diverse range of costumes reflecting both the film’s everyday and more fantastical settings.
Read on to discover their most challenging and most rewarding moments on set and to get their advice for aspiring costumers. If the film’s costuming has you feeling extra inspired, don’t forget to check out our previous blog on Personal Costumers Melanie Miranda-Sinclair and Glinda Suarez.
MPC 705 members Melanie Miranda-Sinclair and Glinda Suarez worked as Personal Costumers to Mindy Kaling and Oprah Winfrey on Ava DuVernay’s buzzworthy new film, A Wrinkle in Time. The elaborate costumes designed by Paco Delgado were challenging, not only for the actors to wear, but for the costumers to dress them — the effect, however, is simply stunning. We sat down with Melanie and Glinda to learn more about their careers in costuming, what it was like to work on this historic film, and what a day on the job was like.