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COSTUME DESIGNER / STYLIST

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By patrickjack84, Feb 26 2016 10:11AM

This January, Fox launched the new series of The Walking Dead on Valentines Day..

To commemorate this they wanted to get a famous British couple to recreate some iconic romantic scenes from movie history – but with a twist! THEY WOULD BE ZOMBIES!

They invited the wonderful Steph & Dom from Gogglebox to join us for the shoot. (Who were just LOVELY by the way).

So throughout the day we set up 4 different scenes, which were;

Titanic - When Kate and Leo are at the front of the boat (oh it brings a tear to your eye, just thinking about it)

Lady & The Tramp - the famous Spaghetti and meatballs scene

Ghost - at the pottery wheel

and Love Actually.

Costume wise it was great fun for me and my assistant to recreate these iconic looks as ZOMBIES!

I think my personal favourite was the Kate Winslet dress.. (you can see some pictures below of Steph & Dom before and after performing in the Titanic Scene).

the creation of Zombie costumes seems to come quite naturally to me and the team in the studio now, as we have done so many. We counted up how many we had to make last year alone and it came to nearly 60!! I now feel the pain for Eulyn Womble Costume Designer for The Walking Dead and her team having to create many more than that for each series.


Click here to watch the Titanic commercial.




By patrickjack84, Feb 6 2015 09:50AM

Dixi 2 is back..! Get ready on the 10th of Feburary the first episode launches.


There are some new members to the cast and a very exciting story line..


I've posted a couple of sneaky photos & You can watch the trailer here...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/clips/p02j6s2d


Myself and my assitanted worked hard with the prodution team, and cast to bring the characters to life. We got to develop the looks of some of the original characters AND create some new ones!


Its a fab series! Definitely worth a watch


Patrick Jack Whelan

Costume & Make-Up Designer

www.patrickjackdesigns.com


By patrickjack84, Jan 6 2015 01:33AM

Just a quick Blog post to let you know, tomorrow morning at 5am (Gosh, I know its early!) you can catch "Guin and the Dragon" a Show I was Costume & Make-Up Designer for on BBC 2.

It was an absolutely fabulous show to work on and its really something special to see if you can.... If you don't fancy getting up at the crack of dawn to see it, you can catch it online after its first airing!

The leading lady(or should I say girl) Isabelle Allen was young cosette in Les Miserables. A real talent to keep an eye on.. the girl is going to be a super star... mark my words.

Also appearing in the show is Louise Jameson of Doctor Who fame... wonderfully talented lady and also so lovely and funny! We had a blast on set.


In other news I'm shoot a commercial this week, which I'll fill you in on later... Oh and then a online drama later this month - its James Bond, meets superheros, meets hunger games... (yeah... its gunna be good!)


anyway... must dash! Don't be a stranger ;)


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Costume Designer / Stylist / Make-Up

By patrickjack84, Aug 2 2014 03:31PM

So last month we wrapped up on a new show called Virtually Famous for E4. We had the pleasure of styling the wonderful Kevin Mchale from Glee, the lovely Chris Stark from Radio 1 fame & the Hilarious Seann Walsh. (there are a couple of sneaky pics below).


"Virtually Famous is a British television panel show produced by Talkback and presented by Kevin McHale. The programme made its debut on E4 on 21 July 2014. In each episode two teams of three compete and they are captained Chris Stark and Seann Walsh. The questions and tasks are about things on the internet."


Seann has quite a strong sense of style and wore some classic looks for The Kooples. Chris was very happy for us to have a play and perhaps put him some things that he wouldn’t of considered before… Obviously I’m very pleased to say he loved all the looks we put together (phew!)

Kevin was an utter joy to style as he knew what he liked but also was always willing to try something one before casting judgment.. (Although there was one shirt from a certain designer that shall never see the light of day again! Eeeek HORRID!) as we all know some things can look very different on the body, rather than on a hanger!

We wanted to get a good blend of designer meets high-street, casual meets smart! Basically showing off how wonderful Kevin can look in practically anything!

So from the high-street we had some pieces from Topman, Zara, COS & River Island. Mixing those up with some higher end names such as Sixpack France ( from their Fall 2014 collection), Paul Smith and a couple of others..


We absolutely adored working on the show and we hope you all enjoy watching it.. heres to series 2 (fingers crossed)


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By patrickjack84, Jun 17 2014 04:57PM

Hel Y'al .. Heres the article I was asked to write for Guise Magazine to discuss the importance of using social media as a creative... have a read!


To Tweet or Not? By Patrick Jack Whelan - Costume Designer & Stylist www.patrickjackdesigns.com


Whats your twitter name? Are you on Instagram? Do you have a website? Oh my God you HAVE to join Tumblr... have you heard of Pinterest? Oh, and do you use LinkedIn?

These are all questions we hear more and more often in our world overrun by social media. It seems every week there’s a new app coming out to share images on or a new fangled social media site to be updating.

Having been working as a Costume Designer and Stylist for the past eight years, I've come to believe that in this day age, us creative folk need to have a strong social presence to succeed in our industries. Word of mouth and a good reputation are no longer enough. Employers, clients, colleagues and fellow costume/fashion fanatics want to see your work in all of its glitzy glory. That might be to check out your credentials for a job, see current examples of your work, even see if you have your own fan base (yes, a fan base.) Or perhaps fellow costumiers/stylists want to see their competition(don't deny it - we all do it).

Whether we like it or not, having a visual presence online is vital to building a career as a designer or any artist for that matter. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying without a website you will fail but I bet you'll find a lot more success if you have a well-established virtual self. Networking plays a massive part in a creative's life (as most of us are freelancers) so why not use the power of the web and social media to help you do so?

There’s no doubt about it, building and maintaining your presence online does take time, but once you've done the initial leg work its pretty easy. You're probably thinking, on top of your busy working schedule(designing, buying, altering costumes 'til 4am, 16 hour shoot days, breaking down scripts, meetings, editing photos, etc etc.. , you also have to make time to update your digital self. Scary? It doesn't have to be. We now all have the ability to connect to the cyber realm via our phones at the click of a button or the tap of a screen...

Your website is your calling card.

It's usually the first stop for any interested employer as there they can gauge whether you're suitable for the job. Some fellow designers I know have their websites built and run for them. That’s fine if you're willing to pay the money, but remember this does then also restrict the control you have and how regularly you can update it.

There are so many great providers online now to, allowing you to "Build your own Website" and they really are pretty easy to use. I use MoonFruit, there are endless options to play around with, and you can make it as simple or as complicated as you like. Other providers are; Mr. Site, Wicks, Photo- Deck, SquareSpace - the list is endless. Play around with trials and see which one suits you best. Plus, most of these website providers offer predesigned templates if you don't want to start from scratch. If the task is still quite daunting to you, my suggestion is get someone, ideally a friend in the know(they are cheaper!) to help you build the site and teach you how to update it, then it's still in your control.

Make sure the site tells viewers what you do and the services you provide on the first page. Then within your website (ppeaking from a designer's point of view) you should really have an up to date CV, gallery, blog and clear contact details (usually you can set up an email account through your website provider e.g. info@yourwebsitename.com).


Twitter is like the Pandora's box of the social media world.

Does anyone really understand it? All I know is, its probably one of the best(if not the best) online tools for self promotion and networking. It's a way of connecting with clients and fellow creatives. I have been approached about several jobs in the past via twitter - so it definitely works.

Use twitter to share what you're up to, discuss which production you're working on, who you're working with or just to simply voice your opinion.

A powerful way of getting your posts seen is to use hash tags (#). These magical symbols suddenly allow your little tweet to be seen by thousands more people. Use them well and virtual doors shall open.

With Twitter and most of the apps we use on a day-to-day basis, they can all be linked together to share things quicker. Cutting down on the time you spend in the cyber world. If you look online you can find application like HootSuite and Tweetdeck, allowing you to link your social media profiles together for easier viewing and updating and scheduling in your posts in advance. If you know you're going to be busy on set all day, schedule in a tweet that morning, then you won't have to do it on the job.

Another great feature is that your app feeds can be embedded onto your website, making yourself and the services you provide more accessible to a wider audience and client base. Obviously it's up to you how active you are in the virtual worlds, find out what suits you. I have my twitter feed on my homepage. But if you prefer you could simply put a link button to take your website visitors to that particular page.


Instagram is my favourite app.


Why? Because it's all about the imagery! We creatives are said to generally respond better to more visual stimulation, and I for one will vouch for that. Plus it's an excuse to take pictures of pretty things and play around with filters! AND now you can also create videos: which is a whole new level of fun - especially if you're left with time to spare on a job.

Similar to twitter, you can use hash tags to promote and share your posts. But unlike twitter, within in the Instagram app you can choose to share your post onto other applications like twitter, facebook & Tumblr(I'll touch on these later). This is another way to condense the time you spend "socialising".

Instagram is also a wonderful App for self promotion of your work. For example, a make-up artists can post pictures of the faces they have recently painted, stylists can promote brands they have borrowed from or hair stylists can upload a "how to" video on the latest celebrity hairstyle trends.

Facebook is probably the app we all know the most about as the majority of the worlds population has a profile on it.

In my experience, the advice I would give would be to keep your profile private and not use it as a form of public promotion. Instead, set up a Facebook Page which you can use for business and promotion. They are easy to set up but you need to decide if it is something that you personally will benefit from. For example a Facebook page is something that could benefit a you if you're setting up a company dealing with alterations or even bridal wear - it's an app best used for businesses. Photographers also seem to benefit well from a regularly updated Facebook Fan page.


LinkedIn is basically the professional Facebook.

With the increased popularity of the site, it has become more common for employers to view a potential employees' LinkedIn page. This is because friends, colleagues and companies can endorse a person for their skills, acting as both CV and reference. The more endorsements you have, the more successful you appear to the outside world.

The whole idea of the site is to expand your professional profile and to help you reach others within your industry. It's also brilliant for people seeking a new job as LinkedIn will send you "Recommended Jobs" based on the skills-set you give them and your previous work experience. When inputting your work experience you can link each job with the said company you were employed by(as long as they are on LinkedIn too) which can only help promote your work and skills further.

LinkedIn is worth setting up and it doesn't need very much upkeep, only when you want to update what you're working on. It's well worth having a presence on this particular network, especially as a fee. One last thing you should know about LinkedIn is that it tells you which other members have



By patrickjack84, Mar 11 2014 10:52PM

So last week we had the pleasure of working with ATG Theatre Group again.They asked me to step on board to style the lovely Samantha Bond for a couple of her Press & Televisions appearances.

Samantha is currently Staring in the new West End Musical "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" .... along side the likes of Rufus Hound & Robert Lindsay. Which is now showing at the Savoy Theatre.

Samantha has a very strong sense of style and we wanted to capture that for her appearance on ITV's This Morning program .

So in the end we went with a great biker jacket from - Linea Weekend Stripe knitted biker jacket,

paired with some Slim cut jeans from - Whistles

shoes from Dune - Black pointed heels

then to finish the look we were very kindly provided with some diamonds from Debeers. Ohh they were beautiful - at one point we had over £100,000 worth of Jewellery on set - Samantha wore around £35,000 of it.

you can see the compelte look on Samantha in the pics attached!

until next time!!


By patrickjack84, Sep 11 2013 09:01PM

Hey Y'all...

Sorry I haven't posted in a looooooong time.. Works been crazy busy. So I haven't had enough time to sit down and write a blog entry. Right now I should be compiling some expenses, but instead I thought I would write an over due blog entry while consuming an entire bag of chocolate buttons.. yes that’s a whole bag!

So last week I was designing the costumes for the Commercial and promo for the second series of the worldwide National Geographic show called "Scam City" with Conor Woodman...

In the program Conor travels the world finding scams and unveiling them through hidden cameras.

So with the commercial they wanted to capture elements from different cities.

So we had a New York back street, a New Orleans Mardi Gras scene, a London Roof top bar & a Singapore bedroom.

It was great fun creating looks for all the Mardi Gras revelers. I found a brilliant headpiece thanks to the wonderful team at The Costume Studio.

The Little black dress company supplied me with a beautiful dress for our leading lady.

The commercial should be out in the next few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled.. Obviously I will share when I can.. but for now here’s some pics from the day i managed to grab!




By patrickjack84, Feb 19 2013 11:34AM

Today is the first day for our intern Emma... here's what she had to say..


Hello,


I'm Emma im 27years old, I attend UCA In Rochester. It's a creative university


and im in my second year on fashion promotion.


I chose promotion as I hope to be a stylist one day. With that


in mind I have no experience apart from shoots at university so


I have asked to work with Patrick to gain experience in the industry


and get a feel for what day to day life is like.


Whilst working with him I will blog about what we do,


what I learn and keep a journal. I hope to gain confidence and


assist Patrick in any way I can.

By patrickjack84, Feb 11 2013 04:41PM

Last year I worked on some wonderful shows, which included two of Alan Carr's Specstaculars .. He’s such a genuinely lovely man who was an absolute pleasure to work with..

I worked on his "Summer Specstacular" & his "New Years Specstacular" .... both were very funny and well received shows..

We got to make some brilliant costumes for both...

One of which was a space suit Alan wore at the opening of the New Years Episode and then was tore off by his dancers. As you can see in the picture we had to strategically sew several loose stiches into the suit for ease of the reveal.. Alan wore a very striking outfit by Alexander McQueen that night.


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