Ann Foley Interview: ‘Altered Carbon’ costume designer
“The challenge when you’re designing anything that’s futuristic is trying to keep it grounded and keep it believable,” says “Altered Carbon” costume designer Ann Foley. Otherwise you risk “taking the audience out of the story.” This Netflix series imagines a future where consciousness can be digitized and stored. When a prisoner (Joel Kinnaman) returns to life in a new body he must solve a mind-bending murder in order to win his freedom. “Our visual effects and production design were so beautifully elaborate,” Foley adds, so “the most important thing was to make sure my costumes integrated perfectly and beautifully into this amazing world.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Foley above.
After her conversations with creator Laeta Kalogridis Foley decided to “keep it gritty. The audience is going to have a visceral reaction to what’s happening,” she explains. So she didn’t want to design costumes “in some wacky, crazy sci-fi kind of way. They’re dressed in something that [viewers] can relate to.” It helped that at its heart “Altered Carbon” is “an old fashioned noir story. So the idea of drawing from the past to create the future was something that really appealed to me.”
Foley also serves as costume designer on the ABC Marvel series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” She previously cut her teeth working on such films as “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” (1997), “Scream 2” (1997), “Anger Management” (2003), “Deja Vu” (2006), and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (2008) before designing “About Last Night” (2014) and the upcoming “Skyscraper” (2018).