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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!


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