Originally a fashion design student, Set Costumer and MPC 705 member Rebecca Leigh Adams quickly realized her passion for costuming film and TV. After getting on-the-job training through her experiences on American Film Institute student films and staffing non-union commercials and films, she became a union member and began working on fan favorites like The Newsroom and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Read on to learn about some of her most interesting on set challenges and to get her advice for becoming a professional costumer.
What originally inspired her: a love for costume dramas.
Her most creative short notice costume solution: creating a pregnancy belly from an old hood.
Her advice for aspiring costumers: find a program in LA where you can get costume house experience.
Come see us Friday, 7/20 at 3pm in Grand 9, Marriot Marquis San Diego Marina for this year’s MPC 705 Panel at San Diego Comic-Con! Hollywood’s top Costume Makers not only take advantage of rapidly changing technology; we contribute to those concepts, innovations, and tools. Come learn “HOW” in this introductory panel featuring Costumers from some of the years biggest films: Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Thor: Ragnarok.
Set Costumer Carmen Lozano has always been fascinated by the beauty, detail, and history of costumes. She got her start working in theater, an experience she considers to be one of her most artistically fulfilling. From there she began working in costume houses and costume departments, eventually landing her first studio job at Warner Bros before going on to work on iconic TV shows like Star Trek and General Hospital.
Her most creative costuming experience: custom making a prison costume for a dog.
Her most memorable experience: working on Bob Mackie’s Spring 1992 Collection.
Her advice for aspiring costumers: learn to sew and study clothing history.
You’ve put in time behind your sewing machine. You’ve studied classic films for inspiration. You’ve completed your degree and accepted your diploma. If you’re ready to take the next step in your costuming career, Motion Picture Costumers Local 705 can help!
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.