Costume Design

According to Ellen – Part Three

What does being by the ocean do for you?


Water is my element. It is cleansing, relaxing and regenerating.  The color of the sea is mesmerizing to me.  The different shades of blue, blue-green, light turquoise I find to be both inspirational and healing.  Whenever I need to escape, when my body and mind need to rest and recharge, I visit the ocean.  It is a dreamlike landscape, where I become reborn!  The beauty of water is staggering, and it renews me.




According to Ellen – Part Two

What emotion do the colors black and white evoke for you?


I adore most images and things black and white, because my imagination can run wild!  White is powerful; to me it is light.  When one wears all white, essentially an iconic image is formed no matter what!  Black is a blank canvas, a shadow that creates a silhouette. It is a mysterious essence, filled with many illusions.

Light and dark, weightlessness and shadow, hard and soft, the crisp architecture of a black line against the pureness of a white ground…that resonates with me.


According to Ellen – Part One

How do you use color to make a statement in your work?


I am a lover of all color and the juxtaposition of no color.  I love to live with color, dream in color and create in color, however in the medium that I work in color creates a statement that has to reflect the text and the story.

Color can create a mood without words, so when I am translating the text, I must choose the exact shade to evoke that emotion.

In real life (meaning beyond the movie set) color says the same about the person.  Picture someone walking into a room in a red dress, then picture one in a pink shirt, or someone wearing grey or green or lots of colors together…color is everything, and it sets the tone for one’s life.