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Published on May 10, 2016
Jane Clive originally studied Fashion and Textiles. With a keen interest in theatre and acting, she realised that her love of fabric and design would be more suited to the world of the performing arts than that of high street fashion. After leaving college she worked as a freelance costume maker, buyer and supervisor at prestigious venues such as English National Opera and the Chichester Festival Theatre. But it was in the costume painting department at the Royal Opera house that she developed a passion for the transformation of costumes through the use of ageing processes, nuance of colour, texture and print. Jane set up her own costume painting studio in London, working on many stage productions such as ‘Cats’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera’, and films including ‘ The French Lieutenant’s Woman ‘ and Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Henry V ‘.
It was Jane’s collaboration with Oscar-winning costume designers James Acheson and Colleen Atwood that led to her working almost exclusively in film where she created costume and textile effects for a diverse range of productions such as ‘Frankenstein’ , ‘Little Buddha’, ‘Man in the Iron Mask’ and ‘Sleepy Hollow’. Responding to specific briefs, she invented printing techniques to imitate lavish embroidery, reptilian surfaces or reduce fabric to a threadbare state. Following her election to the Costume Designers’ Guild of America in 2001, she worked in Hollywood on Tim Burton’s ‘Planet of the Apes’.