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Patrick Jack designs

COSTUME DESIGNER / STYLIST

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By patrickjack84, Feb 28 2016 11:44PM

Its all Fun and Games here at Patrick Jack Designs HQ!

In January 2016 I was asked to come on board and Design the Costumes for a BBC Mandarin Superhero Series.

Now what better a way to start your January than designing 70’s comic book inspired superhero costumes!!

It was for a BBC learning series which will be out later this year.

Both the set designer and I took inspiration from the original batman series, and old comic books illustrators like Jim Steranko.

Your see my initial designs in the images below. I try to adapt my design process to suit each job. So here for example I worked in a much more cartoon/comic book illustrators style to try and start bringing our world to life.

The story was based around a family of superhero’s and their arch nemesis. With different characters popping into the story line.

After working out the overall look of everything we need to establish a colour palette that was going to run throughout the show. After this was done the design process could really begin.

Its important to consider key points when designing like budget (every job is different), time, fabric, team (who, how and where are you having made/making the costumes), doubles/multiples (will you need more than one of each costume?), practicality of the costume, longevity of the garment… the list goes on.. its never as simple as just sitting down and sketching lovely things. Although that’s not a bad place to start to get your ideas going.

Really to get the look I wanted we had to make the costumes in a stretch fabric. I chose a 4 way stretch lycra. NOW this is a tricky fabric to work with.

I have an amazing maker that I use that is an expert in the stuff! So I like to communicate with her when finalizing the design to really make sure things are going to work. Like how things are going to sit, fit, shape the body and also move.

I do love a cape – but they’re never an easy thing to work with… but that’s another story.


We had to make the gloves and masks from scratch. Then customize all shoes and accessories.

We had quite a short amount of time to turn out all the costumes. On top of the superhero family we had all the other characters to consider. Including the super villain – who you can see in the images below.


I’ll post a link for the show once it is announced. But for now their are some images below of my designs and the finished costumes!


By patrickjack84, Feb 26 2016 01:18PM

In March I Designed the Costumes for the latest BT / Netflix commercial with Ewan Mcgregor. Directed by Randy Krallman. It was a pretty full on Job.

We had 4 days to turn around 25 Walking Dead Zombie Costume, 25 Viking Costumes (including all amour, weapons and shields) & 15 Orange is the New Black Prison uniforms. YES it was madness! But I lived to tell the tale.

I’m always up for a challenge, and I’m NEVER beaten.

Myself and my team worked relentlessly to make sure we were fully prepped.

My supervisor was pulling weaponry and furs for Vikings from The Costume Studio in North London, two assistants were in my studio breaking down Zombie Costumes, My trainee was collecting shoes and accessories, I had a maker on board to recreate the designs of the Orange is the New Black Uniforms and while overseeing all of this I was buying/designing/arranging and basically just doing what I do but at SUPER lightening speed.

Everyone was amazing on the job and I couldn’t have done it without them.

I also had two dressers on hands on the two shoot days at pinewood to cope with the sheer amount of cast and on set checks.

But we did it, with a lot of coffee, chocolate and team spirit we got there. And I have to say it all looked pretty wonderful in the end.

My amazing friend Liz Hart designed the Make-Up and Prosthetics and did a brilliant job.

You can see the commercial here.

There are some images below of the costumes and a team selfie just to prove amongst it all we still managed to have fun. (its never dull in my costume truck!)


By patrickjack84, Nov 16 2012 06:16PM

On "Meet The Parents" I got to work with and style the lovely Alex Zane! We had some great tee's featured in the show.. a couple from Johnny Cupcakes.. one of which was a really cute black fitted tee with this ginormous boy in dungarees on the front eating a cupcake.. really striking design.. looked pretty good with Alex's trademark fitted suit. Go check out their online store and they have a cute store on Carnaby Street in town. Worth a visit just to take a look!

We also had a Tee shirt from "The House Of Gods" which was probably my favourite as it had a stylised retro design on the front of a 80's pin ball machine in bold reds and greys.. what i loved the most about this one was that the motif ran from neck to navel. I do blieve they have a concession in Topsh

By patrickjack84, Nov 16 2012 02:52PM

So The Past few weeks have been pretty crazy! working on a tv show in london called "Meet The Parents" for E4 with the Lovely Alex Zane... and another in Manchester.. which was a puppet based show!.. all the puppets are vegtables.. yes vegtables.. ! plus styling some fashion shoots in the city centre! pictures will be up soon! The one Below is of my Lovely Assisant karl playing with a staff we had on a shoot.. thinking he's Gandulf from Lord of the bloody rings, instrad of loading the suitcases into the car.. come on karl! :P

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