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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 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, 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, Jan 9 2013 12:58PM

So for a recent Film I was working on, some of the costumes needed to be "Broken Down". By this I mean made to look worn/lived in, in this case to quite an extreme length.

The character had been through some form of mental breakdown and was living in a flat on her own.. where she had lost of sense of reality and self control.

Not washing, changing clothes, cleaning herself and basically living in her own excrement.

So to create this look I used a mixed medium of techniques.

There are some great products out there that you can buy...

like Dirty Down spray, which comes in a variety of colours and tones. Also waxes and rubs which are good for creating natural looking stains like sweat and dirt.

I peronsally like to use a mix of these products which more house hold items.

for example;

Ketch up-

Vasaline-

worcestershire sauce-

coffee- to rub on and to dtte entire garments.

spray paints are good when used carefully.

fabric dyes are great for making new items look old- running several items through a machine wash with a grey dye works wonders.

I just wanted to Share these tricks of the trade encase you ever need to "Break Down" a costume! Good Luck!

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

By patrickjack84, Sep 25 2012 07:58AM

So One of the jobs I have been working on at the moment is a series for Cbeebies called "Mr Blooms Nursery". Which is a puppet based show with 4 main characters - A fennel called Joan, A Runner Bean called Collin, a Butternut Squash called Raymond and a Cabbage called Margret.... and YES they all happen to be vegtable. plus theres an array of other green house friends.. all run by Mr Bloom, the friendly caring gardener.

my role within the show was Costumes and Puppets. - bare in mind this was the first time in my career i have ever had to dress vegtables. I've worked with puppets before.. but the furry kind..

We were filming up in the new Media city centre that was based in Manchester. Was such a contrast to work on that as well as be out buying rubber and gimp masks for the other show I was working on (Meet The Parents - for E4)

Below you can see one of the lovely new characters we created.. "Debbie The Pineapple"..

The show goes out around the world toward the end of the year/early Jan..

ya kids will love it..

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