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Film and television costume designers are making a bigger impact on fashion and culture than ever before! From creating exciting new technology, to setting trends, and partnering with brands, costume designers are using their positions as leaders and storytellers to connect with a global audience of fans and consumers. Come hear leading costume designers speak at SOURCING at MAGIC in Las Vegas. Want to know more about these designers, their process, how they source, and how you can connect them to your brand? Don’t miss these amazing panels!
SUNDAY | AUGUST 16, 2015
1:30 PM | SOURCING COMMUNITY LOUNGE
Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall
What goes into Creating a Superhero!
BATMAN....SUPERMAN...WONDER WOMAN ...DAREDEVIL... AGENTS of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Costume designers behind the biggest superhero films and TV series discuss designing for these iconic characters. Join us for a discussion on sourcing materials, working with new and established brands, as well as utilizing cutting edge technology. And find out how these exciting developments are impacting the fashion industry!
MONDAY | AUGUST 17, 2015
11:00 AM | SOURCING COMMUNITY LOUNGE
Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall
Young Hollywood: Inspiration, Influence and Impact
Today’s hottest TV costume designers have a fresh, young voice for creating characters and setting trends. Find out how they are using their position to tell stories through clothing, partner with brands, and guide fashion. Learn how to get your product onto some of the most watched shows on television and work with these designers in new ways for engaging your customers and showcasing your products!
All panelist bios below.
MICHAEL WILKINSON, Costume Desigenr
Michael Wilkinson is an award-winning costume designer. Variety magazine recently included Wilkinson in their “Below the Line Impact” list of filmmakers that have significant impact in their field of expertise. Michael has been nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA award, and has won Costume Designers Guild Awards, Saturn Awards, a Hollywood Film Festival Award and a Hamilton Behind the Camera Award. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), and the Costume Designers Guild (CDG), and has a degree in Design from the National Institute of the Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in Sydney.
Michael recently completed designing the costumes for the David O. Russell’s JOY, featuring Jennifer Lawrence and is about to start designing JUSTICE LEAGUE for Warner Bros. Recent projects include the BATMAN vs SUPERMAN, starring Amy Adams and Ben Affleck, and featuring Michael’s new Bat suit and Wonder Woman costume designs. His most recent work includes the highly celebrated costumes for AMERICAN HUSTLE, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper; the post-apocalyptic NOAH, starring Russell Crowe and Emma Watson; the latest installment of the Superman franchise, MAN OF STEEL, starring Henry Cavill; and the final films of the TWILIGHT SAGA - BREAKING DAWN PART I and PART II, with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Previous costume design projects include BABEL with Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt; the worldwide hit “300″; the fantasy action film SUCKER PUNCH; the futuristic TRON: LEGACY, starring Olivia Wilde and Jeff Bridges, the action thriller WATCHMEN, the Civil War drama JONAH HEX with Josh Brolin and Michael Fassbender; and TERMINATOR SALVATION starring Christian Bale.
Michael also designs costumes for theater productions, commercials, and special events – he created hundreds of costumes for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the SYDNEY 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES. He has been a speaker at LACMA, Comic-Con, UCLA, the Director’s Guild of America, AMPAS and numerous other speaking engagements.
Michael and his partner Tim Martin have a company together called WilkinsonMartin, which explores the intersection of film and fashion. They have done collaborations and special projects with fashion houses as well as editorial shoots and art installations.
Follow them on Twitter @wilkinsonmartin
ANN FOLEY, Costume Designer
Ann Foley is an accomplished Costume Designer whose work can be seen weekly on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Created by Joss Whedon, Marvel Television’s inaugural series is in its second season and continues to be one of ABC’s highest rated television series. Foley’s innovative and character specific designs for “S.H.I.E.L.D.” have landed her on the “Top Costumes of the Year” list from Clothes on Film as well as a place in FIDM’s prestigious 9th Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design exhibition.
Before joining the Marvel family, Foley designed the feature film “3, 2, 1 Frankie Go Boom” and “About Last Night” for director Steve Pink, starring Kevin Hart and Paula Patton. As an Assistant Costume Designer, Foley was mentored by prestigious and acclaimed Costume Designers Marlene Stewart, (“Real Steel” and “Hansel & Gretel: Witchhunters”), and Michael Kaplan, (“Star Trek: Into Darkness”). She recently collaborated with Stephen Soderbergh and Costume Designer Ellen Mirojnick on “Behind the Candelabra”, with award winning actors Matt Damon and Michael Douglas, which won a Primetime Emmy for Best Costume Design and was nominated for a BAFTA Award.
Follow her on Twitter @afoley24
STEPHANIE MASLANSKY, Costume Designer
Stephanie Maslansky’s recent accomplishments include Daredevil and Jessica Jones, Marvel’s first two superhero TV series for Netflix, and the first season of Black Box and Zero Hour for ABC. Her current commercial work includes a series of comedic spots for the New York sports cable station SNY. The press has praised her designs for their sophisticated flair. She's recognized for creating the urbane look for White Collar's Neal Caffrey and is spotlighted in the featurette A Cool Cat in the Hat for the first season of the series.
Born in NYC, Stephanie was raised in Minneapolis. She studied art and photography at UC-Santa Barbara while designing a sought-after collection of jackets cut from vintage jeans. She earned a BA in history and Italian literature at U/W Madison. During a year spent in Bologna, Stephanie traveled and photographed her way through Europe and Africa. She returned to Minneapolis and began her career in the Guthrie Theatre Costume Shop.
Stephanie moved back to New York and studied at the NY Art Students League. She designed stage costumes and styled print ads and TV commercials. As the stylist for acclaimed commercial directing and producing team Steve and Linda Horn, Stephanie gained a unique perspective. She recognized the significance of a stylish aesthetic and the impact of nuance and detail in modern dress, haute couture, and period costume. She’s known for her particular vision and has collaborated with a range of producers and directors such as Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, John Wells, Barry Sonnenfeld, Mimi Leder, Dick Wolf, Jamie Tarses, Olivier Megaton and Ilene Chaiken.
Follow her on Twitter @spmaslansky
MEREDITH MARKWORTH-POLLACK, Costume Designer
Meredith Markworth-Pollack easily integrates her artistic eye for style and design into her work on Television's top shows. Currently she sets the trends as the Costume Designer for REIGN, the CW Network's new period drama about the story of Mary Queen of Scots. She effortlessly blends historical costumes with contemporary elements creating a completely original look. This has earned her a spot as one of the "10 Hot Costume Designers In New Hollywood" according to Entertainment Weekly.
With experience assisting on The CW’s GOSSIP GIRL and head designer on HART OF DIXIE, Meredith has established herself as a go to for the ever-popular trend of influencing contemporary fashion through Television. With both a film degree and fashion background her aesthetic jumps off the screen with a strong visual impact, not only from the elaborate details of the costumes, but from the copasetic look of the characters, their relations to each other, and their environments. Her impeccable designs have caught the eye of Hollywood's elite such as Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (GOSSIP GIRL, THE O.C.), Brad Silberling (MOONLIGHT MILE, LEMONY SNICKET) and Laurie McCarthy (REIGN, FELICITY).
Meredith currently resides in Los Angeles but is most often found shopping in New York, and shooting in Toronto and Ireland for REIGN.
Follow her on Twitter @Mere_Costumes
STACI GREENBAUM, Costume Designer
Staci Greenbaum is a Costume Designer based in New York. She has a degree in Apparel Design with a focus in Costume Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a degree in Apparel Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in NYC, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Currently, Staci is doing exactly what she loves, working as the Costume Designer for Comedy Central's hit series, 'Broad City,’ created by and starring Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. The series chronicles the misadventures of two twenty-somethings navigating New York City. The Wall Street Journal referred to the show as "Sneak Attack Feminism." Their wardrobe has been described as “can’t-be-missed.”
Staci also designed Amy Poehler’s new upcoming comedy series for HULU, ‘Difficult People,’ starring Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner.
Staci designed Bravo's first scripted comedy series 'Odd Mom Out' starring Jill Kargman, Andy Buckley, Abby Elliot, Sean Kleir, KK Glick, & Joanna Cassidy. Odd Mom Out “navigates the treacherous and elite ecosystem of New York's Upper East Side, and the uber-wealthy mommy clique inhabiting this fantastically outrageous domain.” Exploring similar terrain, Staci just finished designing a new Mini-Series for USA, a satirical comedy, ‘Donny!’ starring Donny Deutsch. This series takes a look at modern American Media, Wealth, and Romance on the Upper East Side of NY.
“Neon Joe Werewolf Hunter” is a live action mini-series Staci designed for Adult Swim. When a sudden plague of inexplicable werewolf fatalities strikes the sleepy hamlet of Garrity, mysterious Neon Joe must keep the peace. This series stars Jon Glaser, Paul Rudd, Scott Adsit, Steve Cirbus, and Stephanie March.
Staci got her start working in the Costume Department of feature films before segueing into episodic television. Credits include 'American Gangster,' 'Fourth Installment of Indiana Jones,' 'Public Enemies,' 'The Adjustment Bureau,' 'Mildred Pierce,' & 'MIB III." Staci was the Assistant Designer for the first season of 'Person of Interest,' 'Noah, &' 'Winter's Tale,' and was the Associate Costume Designer for the latest 'Amazing Adventures of Spiderman: London Calling," starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, & Dane Deehan.
Follow her on Twitter @Staci_Greenbaum
CHRISTINE BEAN, Costume Designer
Christine Bean is a New York City based Costume Designer, known for her work on NBC’s The Blacklist. She began her career 15 years ago in Hollywood when most young people her age were still deciding on a college major. Christine cultivated her aesthetic working with the most legendary names in Costume Design. Award winning designers such as Ann Roth, Patricia Field and Lindy Hemming had sought out Christine for her taste that is both classic yet cutting edge, her unwavering work ethic, and her knowledge of design resources bi-coastal as well as internationally. Building a reputation as a top-notch Assistant Designer, it was not long before the producers and directors that Christine had worked with over the years recognized her talent and she was brought on to Costume Design for NBC. She is now beginning her 3rd season designing The Blacklist. When she is not designing wardrobes for international criminals she can be found on her own international adventure, traveling with her husband, Kirk. The couple is expecting their first child this November.
Follow her on Twitter @cbeanshop
JOE KUCHARSKI, Moderator
In addition to being an Assistant Professor at Baylor University, Joe Kucharski is a costume designer, writer and speaker. With a diverse design background in theatre, film, and themed entertainment, Kucharski has designed for some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Disney, DreamWorks, Nickelodeon, and Universal. His designs for both theatre and film have been seen as part of new works and film festivals around the world, winning Best Costume Design at The London International Filmmaker Festival. Kucharski is also the editor of Tyranny of Style, a site focused on costume design and the language of clothing, covering film, television, theatre, theme parks, video games, and animation.
Follow him on Twitter @TyrannyOfStyle
If you are interested in hearing from these talented costume designers at SOURCING at MAGIC, make sure to register here.