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Angels Costumes Behind The Seams
31 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
Angels Behind the Seams, Review of the Year 2020
This week’s episode is the final one we are releasing this year and Jonathan, Jeremy and Richard discuss what has happened over this strangest of times and how costume has changed this year. We answer some of the questions we have been sent in and look at what’s to come in 2021. We hope you have enjoyed the podcasts this year - we certainly have been enjoying them and learning more about the interviewees and this great industry of ours and we look forward to introducing our more episodes next year.
56 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Behind the Seams, an Interview with Philip Goldsworthy
Phil (Goldy) Goldsworthy’s CV reads like a list of the epic films made by UK crew of the last 20 years. Beginning your film work on Fifth Element is a pretty good start for any one and as you will hear, Phil has been involved in most of the large crowd productions (although not apparently Gladiator) since then.What is not so well known is that prior to his involvement with Fifth Element he had co won Young Engineer of Great Britain – and we have the footage to prove it from back in the day when mullets were a hairstyle of choice.A thoroughly conscientious and diligent wardrobe man, Phil has been at the very sharp end of a huge number of films and his passion for the industry shines through this interview.
42 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
Behind the Seams, an Interview with Matt Price
Matt Price is a British Costume Designer who has been working in the industry for 20 years. His chat today with Jeremy examines the journey he has takento where he is today.Matt always had a passion for photography which led to studying Theatre Designat Saint Martin’s and upon graduationhe started his career as a costumier in the contemporary department at Angels under the leadership of Richard Davies.Seven years later he left Angels to become a freelance costume designer as he found that the relationships he had made while organising music nights in his spare time helped him to break into the music video industry. From there Matt kept striving to move further into the industry and established himself as a designer for both TV and Film productions. Over the 10 years he has now been designing, he has worked across most mediums, and has become known for the realism he creates in his characters. Matt believes in the strength of narrative that comes from creating a character’s costumes, and has used that knowledge to further the projects he works on and to grow as a designer.His productions credits include Fighting With My Family, The Nest, The Selfish Giant, Brexit: The Uncivil War and the soon to be released Supernova.
54 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
Behind the Seams, an Interview with Howard Burden
Howard Burden is a highly respected Costume Designer who has been working in the industry for over 30 years. In his conversation with Richard, Howard looks back at his career from Wimbledon college to the BBC days to his highly successful career as a freelance designer. Along the way Howard has worked on some iconic TV series including Dr Who, Red Dwarf, Poldark and Wurzel Gummidge.A great believer in the strength of the team, he see his role as a collaborative one – he is equally at home putting looks together at Costume Houses or finding ways to make the costumes with his team. He is not too proud to be found towards the end of a filming day doing the laundry on the Wardrobe truck if it means his team can get home earlier.Howard has an infectious joy about him when he is talking about costume or around costume, always projecting a sense of calm no matter what chaos is happening on a film set. He has forged great relationships with actors, crew and directors which has led him to the position he now has in the industry. His body of work and growing list of collaborators is testament to that
71 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
Behind the Seams, an Interview with Sarah Bowern MBE
Sarah Bowern is a highly-respected costume supervisor in the UK and internationally. She explores with Jonathan how her experiences as a design student in the Young Vic wardrobe department gave her the technical insights to embark on a career that spans the NT, RSC and West End, amongst others. This journey led to a role as Costume Production Manager at the ENO, where she is currently Deputy Head of Costume.Her creative and leadership skills - combined with recent efforts to mobilise teams of makers to manufacture PPE for key workers during the COVID19 crisis - were recognised in the Queen’s 2020 Birthday Honours list with an MBE for services to opera and charity. Sarah’s ongoing focus on supporting many of the industry’s most influential designers makes her an integral part of the creative process, a role she describes with eloquence and passion.
41 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
Behind the Seams, an Interview with Amy Roberts
Amy Roberts is a four times BAFTA winner and Emmy Award winning British Costume Designer. Throughout her career Amy has garnered a fantastic reputation for her eye for detail, design ideas and approach to all her work. She has worked in TV, Theatre and Film, beginning her career working at the BBC and worked on productions including Dr Who, Play for Today, The Tale of Beatrix Potter, The Legend of King Arthur and An Englishman Abroad.Richard and Amy have a long established relationship which comes across well in the conversation, Amy discusses what it was like working at the BBC in the 1970s and 80s and the reputation that her peers at the BBC had. Amy had already established herself as a designer of note when as a freelance she started working in feature films, in Theatre as well as continuing her TV work on productions such as Brassed Off, The Virgin Queen, Swallows and Amazons and Oliver Twist.Today Amy is probably best known as the designer for Seasons 3 and 4 of the Crown, (with Season 5 due to begin next year) a challenge that she has comfortably risen to, being able to design the costumes for large set piece scenes such as the Investiture of Charles as Prince of Wales and Diana and Charles wedding as well as the more intimate scenes of Royal family life.Amy has built up an incredible team around her, one that she feels supports her as much as she supports them and to her the team are an essential part of what makes a great production. A thoroughly nice person she is a pleasure to work both for and with.
31 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
Behind the Seams, an Interview with Emma Wright
Emma Wright is a senior Angels costumier. Her conversation with Jeremy charts the progress of her career, from joining the intern programme to becoming a highly-regarded member of the renowned civilian costume department. Balancing work with family life, Emma derives huge satisfaction from her daily interactions within the vast Angels collection. She juggles the complex requirements of visiting design-teams with the logistics of ensuring that all selected costumes and accessories are dispatched in good order and in good time. Emma remains excited by the variety of projects that enable her to realise her passions, both for storytelling and the power of the imagination.
51 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
Behind the Seams, an Interview with Estelle Cleary
Estelle is chief cutter in the ladies' making department at Angels. Born and educated in France, she commenced her costume training at the Paris Opéra. Upon arrival in the UK, she continued honing her skills within the British costume industry. At Angels, she and her team of makers have developed an essential and growing aspect of the company - creating costumes for the most successful designers working in the industry today.
42 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
Behind the Seams, an Interview with Jane Marcantonio
The interview this week is Jeremy’s chat with Jane Marcantonio, Costume Supervisor for Strictly Come Dancing. Jane has worked on Strictly for 10 years and her and her team help to create all the looks for the performers every week on the show.She studied Design & Applied Arts specialising in Fashion, at Edinburgh College of Art and graduated with a BA Hons after graduating Jane started working on films and worked her way to be Supervisor working on projects including The Jacket, Mansfield Park, Rush, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen and Rush. As well as working on films Jane is also a milliner and has her own business designing luxury fascinators and headpiecesShe started working on Strictly in 2010 working as Supervisor for designer Vicky Gill.Jane discusses her career in the industry, how she manages to maintain her family life while working on a live TV show and discusses her approach to trainees and how valuable they are to her team.www.marcantonio.biz
54 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
Behind the Seams, an Interview with James Clutton
James has worked as an independent producer of plays, musicals and opera over the course of an immensely successful career. He now helms Opera Holland Park and has made it London’s premier summer opera festival. The event has gained enormous respect from critics, performers, and audiences for its unique and hugely accessible brand of opera. He discusses how he works with the costume designer and why they are such an integral part to the productions OHP puts on. What comes across is that James’ has a strong commitment and passion to making opera accessible to all and he has created a number of initiatives to reach out to schools and the wider community.
59 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
Behind the Seams, an Interview with Ian Fulcher
Ian like several of our interviewees did not study costume at University, instead he gained his degree in Fashion Design, Marketing and Manufacturing at the University of Huddersfield before he went onto set up his own fashion label.Ian has worked throughout the industry in several roles including Assistant Designer and Costume Supervisor forging great relationships along the way that have stood him in good stead as his career has evolved. Ian is passionate about what he does and believes very strongly in aiming high to achieve the goals he sets for each production. Key to all of this is also how he feels about the teams he works with and how important it is not just for him but for the team themselves that they are all there to support each other and provide the best results for each production.Ian has designed for Internationally acclaimed TV Series including Humans (AMC, Channel 4), The Man in an Orange Shirt (Hulu Channel 4) and Giri Haji (Netflix) as well as on BAFTA winning productions including Marvellous and Murdered by My Boyfriend. His latest project It’s a Sin was written by Russel T Davies for HBO and Channel 4 and comes out later this year.http://www.ianfulcher.co.uk/
65 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
Behind the Seams, an Interview with Annie Symons
Annie Symons is a British costume designer who brings a unique artistic approach to the many films and TV productions she’s been associated with over the past 40 years. Her perspective has been embraced by many innovative directors including Derek Jarman, John Maybury, Steven Poliakoff and Terence Davies. Her award-winning work includes ‘Worried About The Boy' (BAFTA), The Crimson Petal And The White (RTS) and Great Expectations (Emmy).Jonathan and Annie chat about their close and longstanding association, and explore how Angels has supported Annie’s vision over the years.Annie studied Fine Art at Hornsey, following which her formative experiences included the costume departments of local theatre companies and summer seasons with the National Youth Theatre. She later cut her teeth on many short films, commercials and music videos - the perfect starting-point from which to develop her craft.Today, Annie feels that motherhood and the embrace of technological advancements within the industry are two factors that have defined her long, rewarding and satisfying career.https://www.anniesymonscostumedesign.com
60 minutes | Sep 21, 2020
Behind the Seams, an Interview with Alex Fordham
Richard’s interview explores his coming into costume with a History degree at Bermans and Nathan’s, and how his love of history, art, music and European cinema has been invaluable in working with different briefs. A firm believer that a broad range of interests and references inform creative decisions, he has been able to offer whoever he works with a thorough grasp of period costume and the worlds that they come from.As an Assistant Designer, he has also developed the vital relationships needed within the different disciplines of the department to ensure that the creative vision of the Designer reaches the screen.
73 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
Behind the Seams, an Interview with Nat Turner
After doing a foundation course Nat trained at Central Saint Martins in performance design. After graduating he worked for six years at Angels, but went freelance in 2005. Since then he has worked internationally with many talented people on projects ranging from the smallest short film to the biggest of US blockbusters. Nat believes very passionately that the details matter in costume and that even the smallest one can have a huge impact on the final look, he loves to get lost in his research and exploring and learning about the period of time he is working in. He has a great knowledge and interest in Youth Culture and has been fortunate to work on productions that have taken advantage of this passion such as This is England and Pirates.Nat has designed for productions including Babylon, In Darkness, Ashes to Ashes and the soon to be released Creation Stories and Pirates, his commitment and enthusiasm to costume and the craft is very apparent and it comes across in all his projects.
78 minutes | Sep 7, 2020
Behind the Seams, an Interview with Sinéad Kidao
She has now successfully progressed to designing her own productions, working with directors including Joe Wright on an episode of the cult TV phenomenon ‘Dark Mirror’; Steve McQueen on the upcoming TV drama ‘Small Axe’; and her current collaboration with the actress Emily Mortimer on her directorial debut ‘The Pursuit of Love’.Her chat with Jonathan focuses on her journey from Trinity College Dublin to the costume design training at RADA, exploring how these formative experiences helped her locate synergy between artistic integrity and the complex skills required to navigate the entire filmmaking process.Sinéad is also a passionate and outspoken advocate for sustainability within the industry. She shares her views on our collective responsibility to ensure we use the safest and least-wasteful methods possible to protect our environment. She’s also published the Costume Directory - a compendium of suppliers who prioritise sustainability, environmental responsibility and fair trade. Sinéad is an ambassador for ‘Albert Sustainable’, an organisation governed by an industry consortium supporting everyone working in the film and TV industries to create positive environmental change for a sustainable future.Sinéad's Website: https://www.sineadkidao.com/Link to Costume Directory: https://bit.ly/3iiYEx6We Are Albert: https://wearealbert.org/
66 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
Behind the Seams, an Interview with Suttirat Anne Larlarb
Suttirat knew from an early age that she was heading for an artistic career. The opportunities afforded by outstanding academic institutions including Stanford and Yale enabled her to realise a unique artistic process of storytelling through visual presentation. She explains how her endeavour is to root everything in close observation of both environment and character, creating a heightened visceral experience for her audiences. The substance of a project always informs the style. This is exemplified by her detailed references to the longstanding collaboration she enjoys with the iconic director Danny Boyle. Their work has taken them on amazing journeys, from the beaches of Thailand to the heat of Mumbai, the Arizona desert to the 2012 opening ceremony of the London Olympics. It is her embrace of the technical challenges for each of these adventures that highlights the unique synergy, depth and complexity of Suttirat’s artistry..
37 minutes | Aug 24, 2020
Behind the Seams, an Interview with Daniel Angel
Daniel started as a junior costumier in 1994, under the guidance of senior members of staff, and quickly learned how to effectively utilise the stock. Immersing himself in every aspect of the costuming process has impressed on Daniel the importance of teamwork and collaboration. Early on, he understood how to balance the vision of designers with the constraints of deadlines and budgets.Today, having absorbed and refined these skills, Daniel is proud to fill the role of Head of Costume, successfully managing a diverse group of individuals who are as passionate and committed as he is to the creative spirit which lies at the very heart of Angels.
71 minutes | Aug 17, 2020
Behind the Seams, an Interview with Robert Jones
Art, architecture and storytelling are among Rob's passions, and given his meticulous attention to detail, he particularly thrives on seeking out fresh design techniques to lend aliveness and vitality to his process. His repeat collaborators include Trevor Nunn, Gregory Doran, David McVicar and Josie Rourke, working at renowned venues such as the NT, the Donmar, the Metropolitan Opera, and the RSC, where he serves as an Associate Artist.Rob and Jonathan chat fondly about their recent shared experience on Trevor Nunn’s production of 'Fiddler on the Roof' at the Menier/Playhouse Theatre. Rob’s beautifully-executed and poignant set designs were the perfect platform for Jonathan’s costumes and Tim Lutkin’s lighting, which together enhanced the vanished world of early 20th. century Jewish Russia that Rob had set out to conjure. The synchronicity and collaborative nature of this journey clearly made for a special experience for the team, cast and audience.angelsbehindtheseams.com
47 minutes | Aug 10, 2020
Behind the Seams, an Interview with Annie Hardinge
Annie is a multi award-winning British costume designer. Her career started at the BBC, where over a period of 15 years she developed a unique niche collaborating with the sharpest comedy brains to create iconic characters including ‘Black Adder’, ‘The Royle Family’, ‘The IT Crowd’ and ‘Little Britain'.Upon leaving for a freelance career, the relationships forged at the BBC propelled her to fresh challenges and new artistic heights.https://www.anniehardingecostume.com/
68 minutes | Aug 3, 2020
Behind the Seams, an Interview with Matt Lucas
Exploring his career from the mid-1990’s - including the comedy sensation for which he's best known: ‘Little Britain’ - Matt describes the costuming process as one of the most important aspects of realising his characters. His close collaboration with costume designers, in particular Annie Hardinge, whose interview with Richard is coming up soon, demonstrates the complexity and excitement of creating unforgettable characters with a true comedy genius.www.angelsbehindtheseams.com
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