Jeremy’s chat today is with British costume designer Ann Maskrey. Ann firmly believes that with the basics covered (through study and ‘on the job’ learning) working within todays costume industry can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience.
Ann completed her education at Wimbledon and started her career as a costume maker for various UK and international opera and theatre companies. With a flexible approach and a willingness to learn as many costume making skills as possible, she quickly moved through the ranks of in–house costume departments and then out into the freelance world.
We’ll discover that the extensive knowledge Ann acquired during this time put her in a unique position to set up manufacturing workrooms specifically in order to create costumes for a variety of designers working on many large scale film and tv productions.
In addition Ann’s efforts and accomplishments in other areas of the costuming process culminated in the opportunity for her to design her first film ‘Thunderpants’. Subsequently she’s designed the costumes for many TV and film productions including; ‘The Hobbit, ‘Britannia’ and the soon to be broadcast television drama ‘The Singapore Grip’. Ann is proud to acknowledge that none of this work could have been achieved without the many years of hard slog that enabled her to perfect her craft whilst working with a host of other practitioners along the way.
Excerpt of Interview with David Davenport