The Art of Costume is a platform dedicated to highlighting the best in motion picture, television, and theatre costume design. This platform focuses not only on spotlighting incredible costumes, but costume designers throughout the world.
Costume designers are the unsung heroes of entertainment. It is a costume designer’s job to enhance the narrative of our favorite stories by bringing characters to life. Entertainment as we know it would not be what it is today without the creativity and passion of the costume design industry.
Meet The Team
Founder & Lead Editor | Host & Podcast Producer
In 2019, Spencer realized his love for fashion was not entirely found on a runway but stemmed through film and television. He decided to share his passion for costume design internationally and launched The Art of Costume. Today, Spencer happily serves as lead editor, highlighting costume designers and their brilliant work. This eventually paved the way for Spencer to get together with Elizabeth, one of his long-time best friends, and launch The Art of Costume Blogcast. When Spencer isn’t talking about costumes, he spends most of his free time watching The Lord of The Rings, playing video games, sharing MCU theories, and drinking a heavily iced cherry-coke.
Elizabeth Joy Glass grew up on the east coast in Pennsylvania surrounded by early American history. A childhood full of fantasy, sci-fi and historical media, inspired her to start sewing and cosplaying. After high school, Elizabeth decided to move across the country to study fashion and costume design at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. While in school she worked on several AFI thesis films in the costume department. Elizabeth ultimately graduated with a B.A. in Digital Cinema and decided to pursue a career in video production and screenwriting, but she still holds a love for costume design and its history.
Dan was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and now lives in Vermont. Dan started by composing and producing music (self-taught) for a video game. This passion for audio gradually transitioned into the world of audio engineering. Since then, he’s mixed numerous pieces of music, film, and now podcasts. He’s the Audio Engineer of The Art of Costume Blogcast and gives that beautifully balanced sound to the audio.
Jada’s lifelong passion for fashion started in her early years, as she immersed herself in creating jewelry, accessories, and outfits. Her dedication led her to establish a fashion club with friends and eventually join the costume crew in high school, where she designed and crafted costumes for plays. This ignited her interest in theater arts, film, and fashion, inspiring her to explore these fields further. Jada’s journey led her to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), where she eagerly participated in the 3 Days of Fashion event, collaborating with ambitious students on diverse fashion projects. Seeking to expand her industry knowledge, she gained valuable experience in retail, particularly through a rewarding stint at a Halloween store, where she engaged with fellow costume enthusiasts and even won a Best Costume Award.
Csilla Szlovák is a Hungarian costume designer based in Helsinki. From an early age she has been passionate about film and theatre. During her high school years, she participated in several exhibitions with a local art group and challenged herself with makeup and theatre. Her love of storytelling led her to get a bachelor’s degree in journalism and film studies at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. Her studies also entailed psychology and sociology as well, the knowledge of which she turned into practice in several short films and theatre projects there.
Her passion for costume has crystallized with these projects, and one step closer to her dreams, she is now completing her master’s degree in Costume Design at Aalto University in Finland.
Emily Stipcak is a talented contributor at The Art of Costume, known for her passion and expertise in the world of costumes. Having experience in costume design ranging rom Los Angeles to Atlanta and New York City, Emily’s contributions to the platform continue to inspire and captivate audiences, making her an invaluable member of the artistic community.
Nandini Khetan is a Fashion Stylist & Creative Writer with a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Communication from the National Institute of Fashion Technology Bangalore, India. She believes in hard work & productivity with great enthusiasm, her idea of fashion & style was nurtured as she gained experience while assisting shoots, working under experts in her field, freelancing & interning as a stylist, and collaborating with like-minded people. She grew as a writer more recently for her love and passion for costume and fashion.
Mariana was born in Colombia and grew up immersed in a very artistic and creative environment. She attended a music academy for over 10 years, and it was here where she started developing her passion for costumes and fashion. She studied Fashion Design at LCI Bogota, but her creative career really began with putting outfits together for her music peers, designing costumes, and making headpieces out of recycling material. By the time she was done with fashion school, she worked for 2 years in the industry, but she knew that she wanted to get immersed in the costume world. Her dream was to bring characters to life and understand their stories, rather than having a fashion brand. She quit her job and came to Canada in 2019, pursuing her dreams. She is currently a Costume Production student at Fanshawe College.
Candice has loved costume design from a young age. While attending the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, she gave trolley tours of the downtown Los Angeles Fashion District for BID (The Fashion District Business Improvement District) and worked behind the scenes as a dresser for numerous fashion shows throughout Southern California. The love of costuming continued to grow while she worked in the Costume Department at Disneyland and as an Assistant Wardrobe Shop Manager for the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies.
Candice has been married for 13 years and together they have three children. She loves sewing, pattern-making, reading about the History of Costume and is an avid collector of vintage sewing machines. Currently, she is working on historical costuming pieces to wear to next year’s Costume College Conference. Candice is a member of Girls Scouts (as well as Troop Leader) , CGW (Costume Guild West, Inc.), ISMACS (International Sewing Machine Collectors’ Society) and The Costume Society – UK.