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Charlotte Kelleher

Costume Designer
Finalist Tropfest Film Festival - 2017
Finalist Weta Workshop Costume & Film Section| 2016 World of Wearable Art

New Zealand | United Kingdom | Australia

"CKfilmdesign creates high-quality costumes. Her works are distinguished by their elegance and the finesse of execution. It is always a pleasure to work with her, she has the ability to inspire other people and to translate visions for a costume into reality."

Charlotte is an experienced costume designer, wardrobe manager and armour technician serving film and other creative industries.

She leads and mentors a passionate team of 3 costume, prop, and wardrobe professionals under the CKFilmdesign umbrella, available to contract as a team or individually depending on requirements.

Charlotte has a reputation for both designing and constructing striking and original character based costumes with beautiful attention to detail and craftsmanship.

Accomplished in the use of a wide range of materials including thermoplastics, leather, textiles and fibre and consistently researching and experimenting with new media and techniques.

Charlotte's passion for design has developed over almost two decades. Originally self taught, she first studied fashion design and pattern making in 2003 at Bowerman School of Design and more recently (2016) studied Costume Design for Film and Theater at the prestigious Central St Martins campus of London's University of Arts.

Charlotte has recently been invited by respected tertiary institution Toi Whakaari,  New Zealand School of Drama, as a guest tutor to teach a Worbla and Armour building unit to its final year students in late 2017.

As Costume Designer for Viking film 'Tears of Valhalla' (2016, Finalist Tropfest Film Festival) she oversaw a costume, prop and wardrobe team of 19. Designing and delivering more than 200 unique pieces in less than a month, Charlotte has proven ability to lead teams and deliver quality costuming against challenging deadlines and to operate standby wardrobe management teams in a complex and high pressure environment.

She has recently returned from filming in the UK where she held her first role as Head of Costume on a feature film (Frau Perchta - working title, post production) and costume design and construction  on a second (The house on Elm Lake, post production) both scheduled for release later this year.

Charlotte was a finalist  in the 2016 World of Wearable Art international design competition in the highly contested Weta Workshop Costume and Film section.

In 2016 recognition of her skill working with thermoplastics Charlotte was named NZ brand ambassador for the Worbla range of products and is a featured artist on the international website,

CKFilmdesign runs limited classes in costume and armour building nationally, most recently the sellout series at the Alfred Memelik gallery.

– for information on upcoming classes or events please visit the EVENTS page

In addition to film work Charlotte is currently working on a joint multimedia costume exhibition with respected Wellington costume and prop artist Sanit Klamchanuan scheduled for September 2017.

She is available for engagements in NZ, Australia and across the United Kingdom. 

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