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By patrickjack84, Mar 30 2017 12:13PM

Hey Y'al!


So this blog gets neglected far too often. Just doing a quick update about a commercial I styled for Qatar Airlines to promote their new Business and upper class service.

We shot over four days completely on Green Screen, Stills and moving image.

There was a cast of 14. Obviously when working on Green Screen there are certain limitations – no green in the costumes for one! Also white is very difficult against green screen so avoid where possible. The client had requested white shirts for some of the business looks plus the biggest thing we had to contend with was the fact that a traditional Qatari mans dress is something called a thobe. It’s a completely white pull over robe, which has a shirt collar detail and cuffs. Its usually heavily starched and worn with a head dress- this is called a Kaffiya. This is also white. There are various ways this can be worn. Cobra style is my personal fave! White tends to reflect green and in the edit its hard for the editor to place backgrounds behind – so each frame has to be cut out! WORK! So hence why production are usually very keen to avoid white in costumes where possible.

Qatari Women usually wear something called an Abaya – this is a long black robe worn over their clothes. A hijab is worn to cover their hair and neck.

It was really interesting getting to research these looks and learn out to wrap a hijab and style a cobra.

Below are some images from final edits!


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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 28 2016 10:44PM

I got to design a really fun show July 2015 for E4 - it was a comedy Sketch show Pilot called "Top 5".

Each Ep would be topical and based on celebrity mishaps counting down the "Top 5". So for example - our pilot was based on "the Top 5 celebrity Splits". Covering Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin, Rpatz, Miley Cyrus, One Direction and a range of other famous faces.

I LOVE designing the costumes on comedy-based shows like this - especially Sketch shows. It’s fast past, with a high turn around. You need to find the funny in the characters your designing and exaggerate it. Allow the audience to quickly read who it is and immediately find the funny (well that’s the plan anyway). Its giving the actors something to work with, to help portray the person they are putting across.

I worked with the producers, Make Up Designer and director to establish where we were heading with the looks, and then it was down to me, the make-up designer, and obviously our amazing teams to create them.

As I said it was lots of fun and we worked we an amazing crew and cast including the amazing Beattie Edmondson daughter of the fab Jennifer Saunders.


Click here to watch the show

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, 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.




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