Friday, 2 September 2011

Interview With A Costume Designer

The film 'One Day' has been given rave reviews from critics since it's release last week. The film tells the story of how two people's lives (Dex and Emma) intersect over twenty years, featuring romances, trials and hardships for the pair. The film is based on the best selling book by David Nicholls, and to celebrate it's arrival onto our screens, I interviewed the film's costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux, to find out what exactly a costume designer's life is like...

Where did you begin to get your inspiration for the film 'One Day?'
I was shown some photographs from my director and then I looked at Vogue magazines from that date. I looked at actors/musicians from the period to look at their style and collected personal photos from friends of the age of Dex and Emma.

Did you read the book prior to costume designing the film?
Yes I did read the book, I made notes for character and costume references. I think ideas have to come from both book and film, as a film is a visual form and what works in a book does not always tell the story for a film.

Outside of fashion, where do you take your inspiration from?
I try to look at real clothes form all periods and centuries.

Which designers did you use in the film?
I did not use anyone particular but got inspiration from Armani, Helmut Lang, Gucci and Ralph Lauren.

Do you source from vintage boutiques as well as high street and designer labels?
Yes, all over; vintage fairs, charity shops and antique markets. I love going to Paris to Clignacourt.
Who is one actor/actress you haven't worked with but would love to?
All actors are special .

How did your career in costume design begin?
 I studied Theatre Design at Art School in London.

Any upcoming projects are you working on?
 I am working on 'Quartet' to be directed by Dustin Hoffman, starring Dame Maggie Smith, Sir Tom Courtney, Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon and Pauline Collins.

If you haven't seen the trailer for 'One Day' yet, watch it here now:

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