The Hollywood Reporter (THR) published its 2021 guide to the Top Ten Costume Design Schools in the world for film and television on Tuesday (April 13). The list features CalArts, as well as a notable shout out to the Costume Design Program for donating sewing machines for mask-making efforts during the pandemic.
More about CalArts from THR:
With roots dating back to 1883 as the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and 1921 as the Chouinard Art Institute, CalArts was brought into being in 1961 through the guidance of Walt Disney and his brother Roy. Today, CalArts students gain valuable experience in live production at the school’s four theaters, where classes in traditional costume design practices, historical patterning and tailoring mix with creating cutting-edge digital renderings in Photoshop.
Several notable CalArts graduates include Bob Mackie (Chouinard Art Institute alum), legendary costume designer Edith Head (Chouinard Art Institute alum), Barbara Inglehart (MFA 86), costume supervisor for Scandal, Little Fires Everywhere, and Fifty Shades of Grey; Ariel Boroff (MFA 10), key costumer for Station 19 and Superstore; and Marco Morante (BFA 02), a fashion and stage costume designer who’s worked with Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Shakira, and Kesha, among others.
THR consulted with leading costume designers and academics to determine its list of top 10 undergraduate and graduate programs.
Other schools making the list are (in alphabetical order):
- Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh
- New York University, New York City
- Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Ga.
- UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Los Angeles
- University of Missouri, Kansas City, Kan.
- University of North Carolina, School of the Arts, Winston Salem, NC
- University of Southern California, Los Angeles
- Wimbledon College of the Arts, London
- Yale, New Haven, Conn.
Learn more about the Costume Design Program at CalArts.