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television - If Loving You Is Wrong, The Haves and the Have Nots, Love Thy Neighbor, House of Payne, Meet The Browns
features - First Impression; (as personal) Gone Girl, Alex Cross, Madea's Christmas, Madea's Witness Protection
IATSE Local #479
QueenSylvia Akuchie came to fashion design in College when creative urges overcame her passion for the study of law. Based in Atlanta, Akuchie has become a rising star in the fashion industry. When not styling some of the most recognizable talents in the world, she’s busy with her own fashion concierge and image consulting. Her talents have led to many opportunities, including being the first designer to style for the OWN network and a long relationship with Tyler Perry. QueenSylvia’s goal is to bring the director’s vision to the screen, while making the cast feel comfortable with and in their character. She is a collaborator who listens, learns and then dazzles.
features - The Perfect Man (reshoots); (as asst designer) Casino Jack, Factory Girl, Outlander, The Prince and Me
television - Beauty and the Beast, Against The Wall, Covert Affairs, Dan For Mayor, King, The National Tree, Beautiful People, Talk To Me
IATSE Local #873
Catherine Ashton began her career styling Artists for CBS records where her work appeared on numerous music videos. She entered the film business at the bottom and her creative work and warm personality has brought her to the top. Whether it is for Meg Ryan, Hillary Duff or Kevin Spacey, Ashton’s incredible eye for fashion and character driven designs are greeted with delight. Working closely with the director’s vision she helps actors formulate and discover the characters they are about to embody. This close collaboration enables the cast to slip into their characters with ease. Catherine understands the bottom line and producers quickly appreciate her ability to create looks on a shoestring. Based in Toronto, Catherine is available for work worldwide.
features - Alone Yet Not Alone, Age of Heroes, 5 Days Of War, SoulBoy, It's Alive, The Shepherd: Border Patrol, Redemption Road
television - An Angel for May, Mersey Beat, Peacekeepers
Military and Action Costume Specialist
Costume Designers Guild, Local #892
Elvis Davis has costume design running through his blood, learning tailoring and design within the family business. Branching out, he began importing historic & period costume from around the world, reselling to film & TV. With his accumulated knowledge and contacts he was soon working on big budget action movies. Understanding the vital importance of a costume ‘ looking correct’ and ‘serving the film’ he has constantly applied these ethics and has worked incredibly hard to put ‘the detail’ onto the screen. Expertise in period & WW2 military, a career spanning 25 years in 14 countries makes Elvis the ‘go to guy’ for those seeking quality and dependability. A member of the L.A. costume designer guild (IATSE local 892) he is available for work worldwide.
television - In Treatment; (as key) NCIS: Los Angeles, Sons of Anarchy, CSI:Miami, Pepper Dennis
features - Acropolis; (as key) X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Hostage, Wide Sargasso Sea, Cool Runnings
IATSE local #705
Born in the UK to actor parents, Melanie grew up in London, Rome and Jamaica. Costumes seemed a natural choice after working for Flip of Hollywood, a vintage clothing store with locations in New York, London and Los Angeles. She's worked with some of the hottest directors in town including Michael Bay, David Fincher, Jon Turtetaub and Wim Wenders; and actors, Gabriel Byrne, Tilda Swinton, Bruce Willis, Hugh Jackman and Anne Parillaud. Comfortable with both period and contemporary clothing, Melanie has natural eye for style and a wonderful relationship with actors. Based in Los Angeles, she is available for work worldwide.
features – Eyewitness, Mercenaries, Christmas In The City, Deadly Spa
television – Ruby's Studio;
(as asst designer) Zoo, Waiting In The Wings: The Musical, High School Holiday Reunion
Costume Designers Guild, Local #892
Michelle first discovered her love for Costumes at a young age, running across the classic holiday film White Christmas. When she saw the designs of Edith Head, that was all it took, she would forever have the love of fashion, design and costumes in her heart. As a designer her passion and beliefs in costumes capacity to transform and create character is the driving force behind every project and designs. Costumes have the ability to spotlight the hero before he speaks or the villain before he hits. They tell a story before the narrator begins by illustrating the period, culture, place and season. Her top asset for design is her hands on approach to every project. She fine tunes every look and style giving it a little extra kick! She takes her time in selecting the right fabric, shape and color, for each actor, no piece is too small or detail to tiny that she will not command attention for. She has an uncanny ability to find the must have “Hero” item or to create the far fetch design. She prides herself on not just hearing the words “I like this” but pushes to exceed for the status of “I love this.” She is one of those future great designers that have the ability to flow through any media from Film and Television to commercial and print. She runs her department with great efficiency, professionalism and passion allowing for the best work to shine through.
features - Swing State, We Love You, The Flight Before Christmas, Ominous, A Prince For Christmas,
A Perfect Christmas List, Super Shark, Hotel California, Loves Long Journey
commercials - Samsung, LG, Keyes Automotive, Tecate, Los Defensores/1-800-The Law 2, Walmart
print - Time Out New York (Jim Parsons), Toyota (Sports Illustrated/Swim Suit Edition), Seventeen Magazine (Prom Issue), Playboy Magazine, Paris / Planet Hollywood / Golden Nugget / Playboy Club - Las Vegas
Costume Designers Guild, local #892
Darragh’s strong visual perception and past experience as a Photographer make her abilities to translate the director’s vision, effortless. Her vintage aesthetic, and expansive knowledge of period and contemporary costume, with attention to detail, color, and texture, lend a rich stylistic design quality to every project she designs. Darragh has a solid educational foundation in Fashion and Art, and is an award winning Quilt Artist. Based in Los Angeles, Darragh is available to work everywhere.
Costume Designers Guild, Local #892
Growing up in Slovakia, Lenka Padysakova was fascinated by materials and design and created her first fashions at age twelve. She went on to study historical costume design and scenography, art and fashion design, drawing, pattern making and sewing. This background enables her to design and make the most detailed costumes. Lenka has since worked in Rome, London and Berlin before moving to Los Angeles. Padysakova’s warm, caring personality affects all whom she works with. Editor/Director Nick Carew commented, “Lenka went above and beyond, creating costumes and clothing that truly advanced the film’s plot, its overall message, and my vision as a director.” Lenka holds a US O-1 visa, an EU passport and fluently speaks English, Slovak, Czech, Italian and German.
features - All Cheerleaders Die, Without Men, The Perfect Family, Caffeine, Gacy
television - Honeymoon With Mom, They Are Among Us, Transit; (as asst designer) Roswell
California native Oneita Parker knew at an early age she wanted to work with fabrics. After a stint at the Fashion Institute for Design and Merchandising, Parker headed to NYC and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She promptly went to work in the rag trade first in Hong Kong and then in New York, but Hollywood drew her back and she’s been designing costumes for film and TV since. Oneita’s goal is to take the script and director’s vision and bring them to life via the character’s costume. She is a hands-on designer who not only sketches her work and can also manufacture the fabric and sew the pieces. Parker’s warm, inclusive personality puts the most nervous actor (or producer) at ease. Based in Los Angeles, Oneita is available for work worldwide.
features - Ville-Marie, Brick Mansions, Adreienn Pal, Bathory, Taxidermia;
(as asst designer) Marie-Antoinette, Alfie, Vanity Fair
television - Tyrant
Júlia is a biologist turned literary translator turned fashion designer turned costume designer. She grew up in Eastern Europe where she travelled extensively from Russia to East-Berlin, studied in Paris and New York, worked as a fashion designer at Vivienne Westwood in London, made movies all over Europe - Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Paris, London - and in Canada, where she lives these days. Her wide range of experiences and cultural background, her world-class education, her limitless creativity and fearless nature makes her a prime candidate for films that transcend the ordinary. Based in Montreal, Júlia has a EU passport and is available for work worldwide.
Júlia's work has been awarded distinction at numerous film festivals, and three projects have been chosen as foreign language entries to the Academy Awards.
features - Into The Grizzly Maze, Foreverland, Stress Position, Tortured
television - You Me Her; October Kiss; Signed, Sealed, Delivered; Spooksville
IATSE Local #891
Rebekka Sørensen-Kjelstrup’s designs exhibit a dynamic and versatile range of genres including realistic, fantastical, character-driven, elaborate and edgy. She is an accomplished designer who is passionate about providing original and inspirational designs for every project. With over fifteen years experience on fifty-plus projects, the Emmy winning Sørensen-Kjelstrup works closely with directors to bring their vision, and the script’s demands, to life while remaining a fanatic about budget control and getting each and every dollar onto the screen. Rebekka is the master at doing more with less, and her multiple projects for various networks demonstrate her skills. Based in Vancouver, BC and holding a EU passport, Sørensen-Kjelstrup is available for work worldwide.
television – Rob, Secret Life of the American Teenager, Wendal & Vinnie,
Becker, Cheers, Union Square, Maggie
features – L.A. Blues; (as supervisor) Johnson Family Vacation, Sibling Rivalry
commercials – Palmolive, McDonalds
Costume Designers Guild, local #892
Kindly put by Executive Producer Dave Hackel, “Sharon will respect your schedule and budget; your actors will love and trust her, and you will have at least one department that you can cross off your list of things to worry about.” With years of experience in the costuming department and a life long affinity for fashion, Sharon brings a sense of professionalism and expert creativity to any project, she has come to know the entertainment field in depth, having had experience in network television, features, commercials, and print. Her positive approach and temperate demeanor gives her the ability to function under pressure in any atmosphere and create outstanding results.