Today we are pleased to share Jonathan’s conversation with Bart Cariss – a British costume designer whose most recent project White Lines, has proved to be one of Netflix’s ‘must watch’ shows during lockdown.
Bart studied theatre design at Rose Bruford whilst selling vintage clothing to support his education. He first became aware of Angels during this time and realised that he could make a career by combining his love of men’s clothing and storytelling, leading him to apply for a trainee position.
Over a six-year period he learnt all there was to know about being an in-house costumier as well as a deep understanding of the history of men’s clothing. During this time he also had the advantage of working with the best costume teams around, thereby forging good contacts and links with the freelance industry.
When he left Angels, he spent 11 years working alongside a wide variety of designers and their teams on productions including:Atonement; The Theory of Everything; One Day; RocknRolla; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Night Manager.
Three years ago, he began to work on his own projects as costume designer. He has designed two feature films Churchill and My Name is Lenny and TV work including the BBC/Netflix eight-part series Black Earth Rising and the aforementioned White Lines.
Excerpt of Interview with Kenny Crouch