In this masterclass on costume design, April Napier (Certain Women, Lady Bird) and Grace Snell (The Souvenir) discuss collaborating with filmmakers and actors, doing research, and the leadership role of a costume designer.
Highlights of the costume design masterclass
- Napier and Snell discuss the leadership role required of a costume designer as a department head
- Snell discusses her experiences dealing with actors with body dysmorphia and how she’s handled that
- Napier and Snell discuss working with female directors
- Napier and Snell discuss the art of period costume design
- and more!
Who is April Napier?
April Napier has designed primarily for contemporary films, working with Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Olivia Wilde (Booksmart), and Kelly Reichardt (Certain Women). Her most recent work was Reichardt’s period drama First Cow. April was nominated for Excellence in Contemporary Film of Lady Bird by the Costume Designers Guild Awards. Two in-depth interviews with Napier about working with Reichardt are featured in our ebook Roads to nowhere.
Get to know April Napier’s work
Our upcoming ebook, Roads to nowhere: Kelly Reichardt’s broken American dreams, features two interviews with Napier and an essay on the costumes in Certain Women.
Stream Certain Women on Netflix CA.
Stream Lady Bird on Prime US, Kanopy US, and Netflix UK.
Stream Booksmart on Prime UK CA, Hulu US, and Hoopla CA US.
Who is Grace Snell?
Grace Snell is probably best known for her work designing the costumes on Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir, for which she was nominated for a British Independent Film Award. Snell began her career assisting on features before moving into commercials where she has worked successfully as a Costume Designer & Stylist for several years. An in-depth interview with Snell on her work on The Souvenir is featured in our ebook Tour of Memories.
You can find more info about Snell’ work on her personal website.
Get to know Grace Snell’s work
An in-depth interview with Snell features in our ebook, Tour of memories: The creative process behind Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir.
Stream The Souvenir on Prime US, Kanopy US, and Crave+ CA.
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