Behind the Seams, an Interview with Sinéad Kidao

Sinéad Kidao is an Irish costume-designer working mainly in the UK film and TV industry. She developed her craft as an assistant, immersed in every aspect of the costume design process. During this period she was closely associated with esteemed designers Jaqueline Durran, Lindy Hemming and Guy Speranza, amongst others.

She has now successfully progressed to designing her own productions, working with directors including Joe Wright on an episode of the cult TV phenomenon ‘Dark Mirror’; Steve McQueen on the upcoming TV drama ‘Small Axe’; and her current collaboration with the actress Emily Mortimer on her directorial debut ‘The Pursuit of Love’.

Her chat with Jonathan focuses on her journey from Trinity College Dublin to the costume design training at RADA, exploring how these formative experiences helped her locate synergy between artistic integrity and the complex skills required to navigate the entire filmmaking process.

Sinéad is also a passionate and outspoken advocate for sustainability within the industry. She shares her views on our collective responsibility to ensure we use the safest and least-wasteful methods possible to protect our environment. She’s also published the Costume Directory – a compendium of suppliers who prioritise sustainability, environmental responsibility and fair trade. Sinéad is an ambassador for ‘Albert Sustainable’, an organisation governed by an industry consortium supporting everyone working in the film and TV industries to create positive environmental change for a sustainable future.

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