Basically, I love costume.
Julia's love for costume design and construction began at a young age, as she was constantly immersed in the world of dance, performing since the age of four. Julia is a costume designer for both stage and screen and she loves creating meaning and symbolism through costume, enabling the audience to delve deeper into the world of the characters and bring the whole story to life.
Julia is a graduate of the University of Melbourne - Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) where she has worked as a costume assistant and maker for numerous shows. These include the collaborative devised show Plus Sign Attached as part of Living Positive Victoria’s ENUF campaign, the dance production Dystopia, and Original Music Theatre Short Works. She was the costume designer for Howard Barker's Victory, directed by Hallie Shellam, Holt! Who Goes There?, performed at the Melbourne Fringe Festival and the contemporary dance piece Dabstraction, choreographed by Phoebe Robinson.
In her final year at the VCA Julia undertook an internship as a costume assistant for designer Isaac Lummis for the new Australian musical Georgy Girl - The Seekers Musical. During this internship, she worked both in the costume workroom and in the wardrobe department at Her Majesty’s Theatre.
She was the costume designer for Federation University's production of Rent, directed by Jeremy Stanford and for Melbourne Grammar's production of The Venetian Twins and Pete the Sheep. Her other credits include costume design and construction for Legally Blonde the musical; Pride and Prejudice; Pendragon; A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Dance Project, performed by St Michael’s Grammar School. Julia was also the costume designer and maker for Lou Wall’s Drag Race, performed at Melbourne Fringe 2018.
Julia has also designed for short films, with credits including costume and production designer for Before and After 23, directed by Vee Shi, costume designer and maker for The Magician, directed by Anthony Vita and costume designer and maker for Silent Man, directed by Joseph Russell. She was costume assistant for Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, directed by Sunday Emerson Gullifer and an assistant for the feature film The BBQ directed by Stephen Amis. She also worked under Kat Chan as costume assistant and maker for the video installation, The Australian Ugliness, created and directed by Eugenia Lim for Open Houses Melbourne 2018.
Costume design and styling for film, television, theatre and dance is Julia's passion, and she loves challenging herself with new ideas and concepts to help create something beautiful.