Today’s chat with British costume designer Julian Day is hosted by Jonathan. We’ll discover what got him started in the business. Insights into his process in preparation for a production, his relationships with his teams of collaborators and some personal details about the many varied productions he’s designed.
Julian earned BAFTA, CDG and Critics Choice nominations for his work on the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, starring Rami Malek. His designs can also be seen in Dexter Fletcher’s Rocketman chronicling the life of Elton John, for which he received the Hollywood Critics Association Award, the Phoenix Film Critics Society Award and again picked up CDG and Critics Choice nominations.
Other varied film credits include Otto Bathurst’s Robin Hood, Susanna White’s Our Kind of Traitor, Burr Steers’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio, Lasse Hallström’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Rowan Joffe’s Brighton Rock, Sam Taylor-Wood’s Nowhere Boy, and Anton Corbijn’s Control.
Julian has collaborated extensively with Director Ron Howard, designing costumes for Inferno, In the Heart of the Sea and Rush, for which he received a Satellite Award Nomination for Best Costume Design, and on the Emmy-nominated series Genius for Fox Network. Julian has also worked several times with Director Tom Harper on The Scouting Book for Boys, Demons for ITV and the BBC drama Dis/Connected. Other television credits include BBC thriller Page Eight directed by David Hare, Peter Kosminsky’s Britz, and Sarah Gavron’s This Little Life.
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