On Sunday, November 16th, Austin Film Society welcomed acclaimed costume designer Michael Wilkinson for an Artist Spotlight event at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas. The evening featured a beautiful reception, with a chance to chat with Michael, as well as view costumes and never before released costume illustrations. The feature of the night was a conversation with Wilkinson about his wonderfully complex and jet-propelled career, moderated by “Ms. Costume 411” herself, the brilliant Bobi Garland.
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) recently gave its Costume Council members, as well as the general public, a great opportunity to attend a discussion with Oscar-nominated costume designer Michael Wilkinson, hosted by Western Costume's Director of the Research Library and Costume Archive, Bobi Garland. While the evening focused largely on Wilkinson's work for the most recent Superman film, Man of Steel, it also provided some wonderful insight into Michael's overall design process and philosophy.
Costume design is storytelling; transforming an actor into a character that is complex and believable. Successful costume designers make this happen through exhaustive research and investigation of a time, place, culture, and individuals. Bobi Garland, Director of the Research Library and Costume Archive at Western Costume Company is an unsung hero of the film industry, regularly called on by Emmy, BAFTA, Costume Designers Guild, and Oscar award winning designers to add invaluable richness to the worlds they create.