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All Quotes by author - Colleen Atwood
" As a designer, you have to solve a lot of problems. Even though people are wearing clothes that are supposed to look beautiful, they'll have to do all kinds of things. "
" As for futuristic costumes, I loved doing 'Gattaca' because I'm a minimalist at heart, and it's a very minimal film. Plus, with Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke and Jude Law, how could you go wrong? "
" Costume design allows you to do a different type of research and create characters, whereas in fashion, you create an image and clothing for the masses. "
" Costume, hair and makeup can tell you instantly, or at least give you a larger perception of who a character is. It's the first impression that you have of the character before they open their mouth, so it really does establish who they are. "
" Costumes are the first impression that you have of the character before they open their mouth-it really does establish who they are. "
" Each simian had a much different body suit, so besides trying to define class across species, there was a definite attempt to dress each group in different styles. "
" Every story is different, so what is a detail in one might not be in something else. Diversity is something I embrace and love about my work. "
" For contemporary fashion, I'm a huge fan of so many of the people out there. I think Azzedine Alaia holds up through three generations of very specific, beautiful design. I think Jean Paul Gaultier also is very interesting with a long span. "
" I always have a moment when I know I'm designing the last costume that gets made for a movie, and it's always been floating up there, but it's kind of the last one. That's always probably the hardest one for me. "
" I always loved clothes, just not clothes that were appropriate to the place I grew up in. "
" I am always looking for ideas, whether it is in art on the street or in my world travels. It comes to me randomly and unexpectedly. "
" I can create clothes for so many different time periods. I've always tried to avoid being pigeonholed. Plus, everything I learn about design and costume from one movie somehow works its way into something else. "
" I choose colors I like and will photograph well. I don't do color theory! "
" I design for the movie and the character as well as the person wearing the costume. I show the ideas to the actor, then do fittings for shape and technical things such as movement in the costume. Once the costume in this form is on the actor, you have a sense of their connection with it. I then take it to the next level with the final fit. "
" I don't design my own clothes. It's so not what I think about. "
" I'd say probably the most expensive costumes I've ever made were the costumes in 'The Planet of the Apes,' because of the research and development that went into them and the amount of layers. "
" I'd seen the current stage production and the 1975 production of Chicago. I liked them both very much, but I didn't use them necessarily as inspiration. "
" If you want someone to feel warm, you dress them in a warm color and put a warm light on them and you get the picture. Sometimes, all that needs pushing a little bit to help tell the story. "
" I get more distracted by hair or a really bad wig than I do costumes any day of the week. "
" I grew up in a small town in Washington State, so I wasn't really aware of costume design as a career growing up, but I loved clothes. I remember I saved all my money, and the first thing that I bought was a white blazer, which was to the horror to my parents. But I have always had a strange connection with clothing. "
" I grew up in the age of polyester. When I got to touch real silk, cotton and velvet, the feel of nonsynthetic fabrics blew me away. I know it's important how clothing looks, but it's equally important how it feels on your skin. "
" I had to work out that it was something that could move, without having everybody in spray painted leotards. "
" I have always loved beautiful leather objects, especially the detail that goes into designing them both inside and out. "
" I have watched 'Project Runway,' but I'm not a devout watcher of it. But I think it's a great show, what I've seen of it, and I think Tim Gunn is a very positive, amazing guy. "
" I like the architecture of lingerie. "
" I love designing costumes that I can actually construct, working to create an environment that people want to be in. "
" In Chicago, I walked in knowing what the dancers were going to need. "
" In real life, a lot of people at that level will have their kimonos made especially for them. "
" Inspiration comes from everywhere: books, art, people on the street. It is an interior process for me. "
" I really don't over-theorize about design. I'd rather feel it than talk it to death. A lot happens as you unroll the design. "
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