Sunday, 12 November 2017 12:36

Canadian Costume Designer: Leslie Kavanagh

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Leslie Kavanagh

On this November day, I'm introducing you to Toronto-based Ms. Leslie Kavanagh. Like most costumers, she's held many positions within the Costume Department from Set Costumer, Stunt Costume Coordinator, Costume Buyer, Set Supervisor, Assistant Costume Designer and Key costumer responsible for supervising the on-set activities of the wardrobe department, including managing personnel and maintaining the costume designer's artistic vision. 

                                                                                                                    Leslie with sister Alex Kavanagh


You can clearly see from all the different hats she's worn in the department that she has learned her craft job by job, gaining experience and expertise that enables her to provide top notched wardrobe services to filmmakers in our industry. Producers and Directors alike, need to trust that the wardrobe personnel will be on top of their skills and keep track of all those pesky costume pieces; that each scene looks as it should, no one missing a belt or glasses or anything. 

Leslie attended Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Theatre School in Corner Brook Newfoundland (big shout-out to my Newfoundland readers) for the Acting program but fell in love with the behind the scenes elements and shifted her focus to costumes. Too fun, I started university with hopes of being a drama teacher, but was also smitted when I saw my first production, and jumped into the BFA program for costume design. Since 1997 she's has been working on a variety of films, television shows and independents honing her skills but for the last few years, she's also served as a Member of the Executive Board at CaftCad (The Canadian Alliance of Film & Television Costume Arts & Design, see  March, 2015 Blog for more information)

Leslie has appeared on the Televison show "Styleography" for the W-Network/Cosmopolitan Tv as a guest expert panelist discussing a variety of actors on their changing styles and looks for roles they have played. Action on Film (in Southern California), awarded her the Best Costume Design award for her design on the short film Rosie Takes the Train. Presently, you an see Leslie's fine work on the TV production, Designated Survivor, with fellow Canuck Kiefer Sutherland.

I love the glasses, Leslie. They add so much to POTUS' look; it's all in the details. For even more about Leslie, check out this video hosted and posted by OliviaGudaniec; her interview with Leslie Kavanagh, Costume Designer, in the Wardrobe truck.

Another Happy Monday to you all, hope its shaping up to be a good one. Thanks, Rae

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The Costumer's Notebook,

The book The Costumer's Notebook is a 295 page comprehensive handbook for Costumers for stage and film including a full Glossary of stage and film industry terms. Sections include methods and tricks for laundry, dyeing, breakdown, Dresser guidelines and protocols for Stage or Film and various size charts for men and women from shoes to gloves. Other Sections include diagrams showing How to Iron A Shirt, How to Tie a Tie and How to Tie a Bow Tie. Costume fittings, costume lay out and costume storage are also discussed.