Tesa Diaz’s journey in costuming took her from Colorado to Seattle to Portland…and finally to Los Angeles. Her impressive resume includes stints on TV shows Love, Feud, Big Little Lies, Scream Queens, and American Horror Story. However, these days, it’s her work on Jordan Peele’s Oscar-nominated, boundary-pushing Get Out that has the industry abuzz. We sat down with Tesa to learn how she got into costuming and what working on Get Out was like.
If you’d like to Follow Tesa’s life and adventures, you can follow her on Instagram at @ms.sparklepants.
MPC 705 members Katina Danabassis and Coral Cunningham both worked in career-making “firsts” on the Academy Award-nominated Lady Bird; Katina earned her first credit as Key Costumer and Coral worked as a Set Costumer for the first time. The task of costuming the cast called for a wide range of styles: there were theatre kids, goth grocery store employees, wealthy preppie classmates, and of course, the film’s thrift store-shopping heroine, the titular Lady Bird. Although the movie’s early ‘00s Sacramento setting doesn’t seem too distant, the characters are dressed in period appropriate clothes influenced by late ‘90s music icons, indie film darlings of the time, and director/screenwriter Greta Gerwig’s own high school yearbooks.
We sat down with Katina and Coral to discover what the process of working on the film was like, which tools they used as part of their day-to-day, and their advice for aspiring costumers.
Pasadena, CA native and MPC 705 member Douriean Fletcher’s latest work can be seen in this week’s release of the hotly-anticipated film Black Panther. She creates wearable art pieces inspired by the African diaspora and her studies in South Africa. Fletcher’s handmade jewelry tells a story and conveys character; her work has previously been featured on NCIS: New Orleans, The Voice, Roots, and TLC’s The Beauty Masters. MPC 705 was able to catch up with her and get a brief rundown on her craft and her creations for this monumental film.
Noel Leonard’s love of film and television inspired him to explore the world of motion picture costuming. This passion would eventually transform into an impressive career spanning three decades, working on fan favorite TV shows and some of the biggest films of our era.
Lisa Marie Harris began her career designing clothes and dressing windows before making the leap to Hollywood and delving into music videos and commercials. She uses her ingenuity on-set to create costume accessories seemingly out of thin air and to deal with growing child actors and changing sizes.