Kansas City Art Institute alumna creates fashion for films


High school students who love fashion and film may want to consider enrolling in a costume design program at an art school, as they can prepare people for careers in the movie industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, costume designers perform research on the styles worn during the period in which the performance takes place, or they work with directors to select appropriate attire.

Cat Thomas, a costume designer who graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI), created the clothing for films such as Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, A Prairie Home Companion and 27 Dresses. The alumna received two Costume Designers Guild award nominations for her work in the Kill Bill series.

Thomas has worked with notable directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Robert Altman, Neil Jordan, Richard Shepard, Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Edward Burns. She worked as an intern in the costume department at the The Juilliard School after graduating from KCAI in 1993 with a degree in fiber.

The BLS reports that designers oversee the production of the costumes. They also must stay within the budget for the project. 

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