Course Leader Jane Clive is a Costume Designer with more than 30 years’ experience in the Costume Department in the film, theatre and television industry. She originally studied Fashion and Textiles. With a keen interest in theatre and acting, she realised that her love of fabric and design would be more suited to the world of the performing arts than that of high street fashion. After leaving college she worked as a freelance costume maker, buyer and supervisor at prestigious venues such as English National Opera and the Chichester Festival Theatre.
It was in the costume painting department at the Royal Opera house that Jane developed a passion for the transformation of costumes. Learning techniques such as the use of ageing processes, nuance of colour, texture and print. Jane set up her own costume painting studio in London. Then worked on many stage productions such as ‘Cats’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera’. Then films including ‘ The French Lieutenant’s Woman ‘ and Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Henry V ‘.
Jane’s collaboration with Oscar-winning costume designers James Acheson and Colleen Atwood, led to her working almost exclusively in film. She went on to create costume and textile effects for a diverse range of productions such as ‘Frankenstein’. ‘Little Buddha’. ‘Man in the Iron Mask’ and ‘Sleepy Hollow’.
Responding to specific briefs, she invented printing techniques. These imitated lavish embroidery, reptilian surfaces or reduce fabric to a threadbare state.
Her vast knowledge and skills can be seen in some of her most popular films: Henry V, Wuthering Heights, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Planet of the Apes, Around the World in 80 Days, Oliver Twist, Hannibal Rising, Captain America: The First Avenger, Snow White and the Huntsman and Maleficent among others.
At Creative Media Skills we have a constantly growing bank of tutors. We understand the importance of perfecting key skills. Most importantly we understand that the soft skills accumulated from simply spending time with those who have great knowledge and experience is invaluable.
We hand pick the most experienced and generous professionals from some of the biggest sets in the world. By being adaptable around working schedules, we succeed in continually persuading these top level professionals to give of their time.
All of our course leaders at CMS share a passion to enlighten younger crew coming up behind them. They love to pass on their huge knowledge and expertise that only years of experience can bring. Most importantly in this way crew receive highly professional training targeted to their greatest point of need.