Today, we are thrilled to share Richard’s chat with Giles Gale, a UK based Costume Supervisor and Costume Designer. Giles reveals that in his opinion, some of the critical skills required for both these jobs are to have an open mind, a willingness to learn and the ability to pay attention to detail.
Giles started his career working within the costume department at the BBC in London. Over a number of years, he progressed through various job roles within the department working on a great range of productions. All during a period when the Corporation was at the height of its creative output.
In the 1990’s and with his skills and contacts established, the opportunity arose for him to branch out into the freelance sector. He explains that since that point and because of his ‘on the job’ training, hard work and a passion for the craft, he has rarely had a day without work.
As a TV and film costume supervisor he has been working continuously alongside some of the most influential Costume Designers working today on productions including Game of Thrones, The Crown and The Secret Garden. During the same period, he has also worked as a costume designer on his own productions including Father Brown, Doc Martin and WPC 56.
Excerpt of Interview with Tim Angel CBE