My great passion is telling stories, and in particular I love characters. To me, costume design is describing who those characters are and how they develop and interact with each other– via clothes.
Regardless of genre, my priority is to help the actor and director find that character and make it ring as true as possible, whether that truth is in a post-apocalyptic future or 1633 England.
I’ve designed costumes from utter fantasy to strictest realism, and have even spent hours behind the scenes at museums across the country taking notes on 200-year-old clothing to get a period just right. I love it all, and as long as the characters are rich and dimensional, I can tackle a humble chain grocery store worker or a 18th century aristocrat with equal verve.
I hold a MFA in Costume Design from the University of Washington and a BA in English from Reed College, where I wrote a thesis on Charles Dickens. I’ve worked in productions of all kinds, including features, television, commercials, web series, short films, opera, dance, and theater, in Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington D.C., New York, and Portland, OR. I grew up in Washington, D.C., where I spent lots of time watching classic movies with my movie critic mom.