Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Conversation with Mark Bridges for the Costume Designers Guild (Video)

2023 started off with a real bang for me. The Costume Designers Guild has a great series called CDG Movie Night, and each event features a film screening followed by an interview with its costume designer. Back in January I was invited to interview 2-time Oscar-winning costume designer Mark Bridges after a screening of The Artist (2011).

Being able to spend time with Mark was pure joy. You could feel the love in the audience, which was filled with Costume Designers Guild members, fashion and costume design students, and classic film fans who received a special invitation to attend. Mark and I really enjoyed speaking with one another, and we discussed so much about his life and career. I'm thrilled that the video has now been made available, which you can view below or through my GlamAmor YouTube channel.

Mark Bridges is an incredible talent and I have long admired his career. He began in Hollywood in the 1990s as an assistant costume designer on many great productions, including the Coen brothers’ Miller's Crossing (1990), Barton Fink (1991), and The Hudsucker Proxy (1994).

He then began as a costume designer with director Paul Thomas Anderson – a long collaboration that started with Hard Eight (1996) and Boogie Nights (1997) and has recently included Licorice Pizza (2021). The variety of productions and number of directors Mark has worked with are simply stunning. His costume design can most recently be seen in Steven Spielberg’s autobiographical film The Fabelmans (2022).

Mark won one of his two Oscars for Anderson’s Phantom Thread (2017) and another for Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist (2011). Mark was also nominated for two more Oscars for Anderson’s Inherent Vice (2014) and Todd Phillips’ Joker (2019).

Mark and I share a great passion for Hollywood history, so we weaved some of our favorite stories into our conversation along with the ongoing influence of the studio costume designers. Everyone had a wonderful time!

Mark and I in the the midst of our conversation

With costume designer Mikael Sharafyan,
who does a fantastic job organizing the CDG Movie Night series

With some of my classic film family
who received a special invitation to attend this event

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