Sunday, April 25, 2010

Interview with Vin Burnham: Designer of Lady Gaga's "Living Dress"...

Vin Burnham is an international, award-winning costume and creature designer whose body of work is extensive and downright impressive —including costumes designs for feature films, television, opera, ballet and exhibitions. She is the talent behind the Batsuit, the Penguin and Catwoman costumes for Batman Returns. She has created creatures for Jim Henson’s Creature Shop in London. She even wrote her own fabulous DIY book "Best Ever Kids Costumes" and has recently launched ‘The Little Costume Shop’, a collection of intricately detailed costume miniatures.
Catwoman/Michelle Pfeiffer – Batman Returns, Warner Bros

With a plethora of impressive projects under her belt, it is no surprise that Vin Burnham is the costumier behind Lady Gaga's "Living Dress." So what goes on behind the scenes in creating such a magical and technical costume for the stage? We asked Vin Burnham just that and she offered us some insight on what it entails to collaborate with the Haus of Gaga.
  • In your body of work, you have created some magical and fantastical costumes for theater, film and television. How was designing the "Living Dress" for Lady Gaga different from your previous experiences?
"Designing this dress was quite a different process to costume design for film, TV and theatre, even for a fantasy costume like this, as it was not for a scripted character. Normally I work with the actress on her character so that the costume helps describe that character and makes her feel right as that character."

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