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Since Halloween is coming up and John is the master of Twilight replica costuming, we thought that we would do a Q & A with him.
How did you get into costume design?
Halloween is my favorite holiday and I’ve always loved dressing up. I learned how to sew by watching my mom, so it became a hobby. At age 13 I became pretty famous in the “Wizard of Oz” world of collectors by replicating Judy Garland’s ruby slippers. That started out as a personal project that lead into something much bigger. I had clients that ranged from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to Walt Disney World, The Turner Entertainment Company, The MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Oprah Winfrey, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Liza Minneli. And that was all before I was 17!
What attracted you to the Twilight franchise? Did you see the books first or the movies?
Oh, I can safely say that I LOVED Edward Cullen long before the movie! I was working in Charleston, South Carolina with AT&T when the 2nd novel came out. It was a Thursday. As an avid reader and lover of fantasy, I couldn’t stay in the hotel and watch television all night. So, I found my way to a Barnes and Noble Bookseller. If there’s anything I love more than a cloth shop it’s a book shop! There was a great display at the front of the store. I picked up the book with the, (now famous and immortal!), hands of Kimbra Hickey holding the apple and read the back. “About three things I was absolutely positive…”. How could anyone not be hooked by that?! That was a major WIN on my part, because I bought it…and took it back to that Marriott…and stayed up ALL NIGHT reading it!
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