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“Best Crew” features Pascale Lemaire

by | Mar 17, 2023

Capitol Communicator is featuring “Best Crew,” a profile series brought to you by Eli Meir Kaplan, a Washington, D.C.-based commercial photographer and director. The series “Best Crew” features talent behind the scenes of photo, film and video productions. This profile features wardrobe stylist Pascale Lemaire.

Pascale, how did you get started?
I’ve been a Wardrobe Stylist since my graduation from the University of Maryland. My first BIG editorial job was with the Baltimore Sun Newspaper in the early days on a Rooftop in NYC. Been styling for over 30 years!

Who are some of your clients and why do they love working with you?
I have been working with Kenilworth Shopping Center for several seasons now. I love clients who have a clear vision and entrust you to execute without micromanaging or second guessing you at every turn. The biggest successes always come down to great collaboration. Woolly Mammoth Theatre has been another fun client. It’s always a crazy tightrope walk of creating wonky costumes for very quirky characters. I’ve made an Astronaut costume out of a hazmat suit, hot glued vintage broaches on a wannabe JCrew Sweater for a Stepford Wife type and bloodied a white bridal gown for for a Shakespearian heroine! I’m a sucker for anything vintage! Fun stuff!

What is your most invaluable tool?
My Zots… this sticky little glue dot is my secret weapon along with my mini-clipper scissors on a rope!

What gear/kit purchase have you made that you wish you didn’t?
*Spot Cleaner! The pre-made stuff NEVER works. Nothing like the ubiquitous baby wipe that cleans away almost anything!

What do you love about the work you do?
I love the challenge of creating something from a photo or moodboard. It is so incredibly difficult to find many of the images created by an Art Director. Often they find inspiration from an internet photo. As the Stylist, you are expected to find that thing or “look” despite the rarity, the availability, or cost! I have procured Swan Boats, stuffed owls, Gladiator Armour, crowns made out of real money…!!! You name it!

Who inspired and helped you along the way?
Believe it or not, my former college professor, Dr. Jo Paoletti, has been my biggest fan and supporter! Stylist rarely have the opportunity to be mentored. I learned most of my tricks through doing it horribly wrong first! My idols of course are those  celebrated Oscar and Emmy winning Costume Designers who are able to expertly translate the Directors (or in my case Art Director or Photographer’s) braille into the perfect outfit.

What was a favorite production you’ve worked on and what made it special?
I have two epic favorite shoots. The first is with photographer Cade Martin, who took me to Whitby England for a once-in-a-lifetime editorial shoot with a small team of 5. I had a long red cape custom made and shot a model in vintage pieces borrowed from U of Md. Historic Costume Collection in the ruins of a 16th century Abbey! The second top project was with photographer Dean Alexander. We took a whirlwind four-day trip to magical Iceland for Baltimore Style Magazine’s Fall Fashion! Breathtaking waterfalls, glaciers, black sand beaches and the infamous Blue Lagoon….  this is what dreams are made of!

What advice would you give to those starting out in your field?
*BE AN INTERN!!! The greatest lessons come from those who have paved the path before you. Being an intern is the most valuable, yet most underrated thing you can do for your career!

What are your top five favorite movies?
1. Game of Thrones (not a movie…but)- insane costumes!  Costumes: Michele Clapton
2. Mildred Pierce HBO Miniseries, Costumes: Ann Roth.
3. Black Panther- Costumes: Ruth Carter
4. Anna Karenina Costumes: Jacqueline Durran
5. The Politician (Ryan Murphy) Costume Designer: Claire Parkinson.

 

 

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