Today's Episode is with the effortlessly cool Costume Designer and Stylist, Dawn Ritz. Her resume includes working with Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Bella Thorne, Elton John, Grammy Winning Producer Timbaland, Emma Roberts, Keke Palmer, Nick Jonas, Grammy Winning Slipknot, Academy Award winner John Hawkes, Multi Grammy and Academy Winner Glen Campbell... and today, we are bringing you all the details of her design for Icon, Ozzy Osbourne. Dawn talks with me all about how she created his look for the Rams Half-Time Show this year and you can see it for yourself at the link below.
We also get into her unique philosophy and outlook and what keeps her engine running in this ever evolving industry. Grounded, sincere, and talented as hell, I'm thrilled to have Dawn on the show as the last episode of 2022!
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Member of the Costume Designers Guild Local 892
Member of Motion Picture Costumers Local 705, and;
Member of the Television Academy
3 times Nominated For Excellence In Costume Design Short Form Costume Designers Guild Awards
Dawn Ritz is an international costume designer, stylist and conceptual artist who interweaves seamlessly between the worlds of music, film, television, commercials, fashion and art. She creates an alchemy of textures, fabrics and emotion across her characters elevating the power of their transformative journeys across multiple mediums be it, live performance, conceptual editorial or abstract experimental landscapes.
From the world of arts and entertainment she has worked with artists such as Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Bella Thorne, Elton John, Grammy Winning Producer Timbaland, Emma Roberts, Keke Palmer, Nick Jonas, Grammy Winning Slipknot, Academy Award winner John Hawkes, Multi Grammy and Academy Winner Glen Campbell just to name a few.
She has a focus and development of costume design in film and television with credits including the opening sequence of American Horror Story, the highly anticipated Paradise City, which features Cameron Boyce’s last performance, as well as costuming on the Emmy Award winning American Crime Story: Versace team led by producer and costume designer Lou Eyrich. Dawn’s talents are limitless and display a collective growing resume of period costume, specialty custom design and building of garments, from fantasy to modern contemporary.
Based in Los Angeles, her approach to costume design and the transformation of a character is drawn from her early days. Dawn was born into the arts, competing as a gymnast and dancer and whilst shooting a music video for one of her band’s she realized all her attention was on the costume’s design, look and mood.
This catalysed her journey into the world of fabrics, textures and accessories coupled with an endless curiosity into the world of the human psyche, metamorphosis and transformation across artistic mediums. Her process is a deep introspection into the mood of the film, characters and emotions portrayed alongside the arcs of transformation and symbolism.
Her palettes are the costumes across the canvas of human spirit as from the fabric makers to the tailors and the family we build on this journey- I don’t just put clothes on people, I dream of inventions. My fire is the music, the fuel to my hands that create the passion in my heart who sings to my creative thoughts that are born into reality. As the costume comes to life, I can feel it in my soul and truly smile.