Mark Bridges Interview: ‘Phantom Thread’ costume designer

During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), “Phantom Thread” costume designer Mark Bridges describes the film as “a wonderful challenge.” This new Paul Thomas Anderson film centers on a temperamental fashion designer (Daniel Day-Lewis) in 1950s London who falls in love with a mysterious young woman (Vicky Krieps). The veteran costumer was excited not only by the opportunity to “make beautiful dresses,” but to also “illustrate the characters’ inner lives with what they wear on the outside.”

Although that sentiment was especially germane to this story, Bridges doesn’t find it to be out of the ordinary for his work. “I really do feel like bottom line, that’s what I do,” he divulges. “I’m always very mindful of time and place, and economic status, how somebody’s feeling inside, what they’re trying to do in the world outside.” In the end, he hopes that “even if the sound were turned off, hopefully you would get the gist of the story by what they’re wearing, how they wear it, what they put on.”

Bridges won an Oscar for “The Artist” (2011) and competed for Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” (2014). He has served as costume designer on all of the director’s films: “Hard Eight” (1996), “Boogie Nights” (1997), “Magnolia” (1999), “Punch-Drunk Love” (2002), “There Will Be Blood” (2007), and “The Master” (2012). He was recently nominated at the Critics’ Choice Awards for “Phantom Thread.”

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