Costume Design

If you want to break into costume designing, you should familiarise yourself with what this job entails, so you can succeed. Start with the basics of costume construction, so you can establish a foundation, upon which to expand your industry knowledge. Lending a helping hand, Helen Beaumont explains: why are materials and colour important in […]

Costume Design

Audrey Hepburn created an iconic character as call girl Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. As Helen Beaumont is about to explain, the costume designs that were developed for Holly Golightly aided Audrey Hepburn in depicting a character for which this silver screen legend is now synonymous. Breakfast at Tiffany’s  Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the […]

Costume Design

Released in 1963, the film Cleopatra, which chronicled the life of the eponymous, cunning Egyptian Queen, made history. This success can be partially attributed to Elizabeth Taylor’s depiction of Cleopatra. This role helped establish Elizabeth Taylor as a global sex symbol and style icon, due to her stormy onset romance with lead actor Richard Burton, […]

Costume DesignFilm & Television

Vivien Leigh’s portrayal of Scarlett O’Hara in classic Hollywood film Gone With The Wind was legendary. In Helen Beaumont’s opinion, the costume designs created for Scarlett O’Hara helped Leigh turn this heroine into a timeless character, who is still beloved by viewers across the world today. Gone With The Wind Released in 1939, Gone With […]

Costume DesignFilm & TelevisionIndustry News

The latest Harry Potter movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, was released last month. In order to celebrate this latest cinematic triumph, a Harry Potter costume design exhibition has been opened at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. Helen Beaumont comments. Magical world The costumes used to bring Harry Potter characters off […]

Costume DesignFilm & Television

The latest film in the Harry Potter franchise, called Fantastic Beasts And How To Find Them, has now been released. Set in 1920s New York, it features a range of fabulous period costumes, helping carry viewers away to this early 20th Century wizarding world. Helen Beaumont explains why below. Dressing Harry Potter One of the […]

Costume DesignIndustry Tips

One of your primary tasks as costume designer, will be to create authentic pieces, while staying in budget. This can be hard, especially when working on independent productions, which do not put aside large amounts for costumes. Helen Beaumont explains how to design costumes on a budget. Prepare extensively You can’t afford to waste money […]

Costume DesignIndustry Tips

As a costume designer, you can work in theatre, television and film. Each medium brings its own unique challenges, which you need to acquaint yourself with in order to succeed. Helen Beaumont asks: what is the difference between stage and screen when it comes to costume design? Exploring similarities The key tasks of a costume […]

Costume DesignFilm & Television

When working as a costume designer, your key tasks will include conducting research, so you can create authentic pieces. You might want to look at the greats, so you can determine how to design costumes that live forever. Helen Beaumont names five of history’s most famous costume designers. Edith Head In terms of recognition, Edith […]

Costume DesignIndustry Tips

Are you wanting to break into costume design with no experience? Where do you begin? To help you build a successful career, Helen Beaumont reveals five tips to consider when starting in costume design. Start with basics It is key to start by developing the basic skills required to work in costume design, before anything […]