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Kristin M. Burke
Kristin M. Burke has designed costumes for over 40 feature films, including James Wan and Leigh Whannell’s Insidious, the sleeper hit of 2011.
She has also designed costumes for music videos, commercials, and television series. In addition, Ms. Burke is an internationally exhibited artist, specializing in collage and mail art; she had her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles in September 2001.
She has written two books; the first, co-authored with Holly Cole of Ohio University, was Costuming for Film: the Art and the Craft, published in August 2005 by Silman James Press. It is a college-level textbook on designing costumes for films. The second book, Going Hollywood: How to Get Started, Keep Going, and Not Turn into a Sleaze, was published in September 2004; it is in use at film schools and universities in 7 countries. She is also the creator of the website www.frocktalk.com, a blog about film costumes that incorporates interviews.
In 2005, Ms. Burke was named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of its “Next Gen Ones to Watch;” and was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to participate in “50 Designers: 50 Costumes,” a tribute to Hollywood film costuming. The latter exhibit toured the U.S., Canada, and Japan.
At Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, she majored in both Radio/Television/Film and French Studies; and was trained in the art of costume design by Virgil C. Johnson, an acclaimed designer for opera and theater. While at Northwestern, Ms. Burke garnered awards from the Seattle Short Film Festival, France’s Nîmes Festival, and the Dallas Film Festival for her experimental short films.
Her many feature credits as costume designer include Tod Williams’ Paranormal Activity 2; Wayne Kramer’s Running Scared, Crossing Over, and The Cooler, starring Academy Award nominee Alec Baldwin; James Wan’s Death Sentence; Miguel Arteta’s Star Maps; Larry Blamire’s Trail of the Screaming Forehead; and Alex and Andrew J. Smith’s The Slaughter Rule and upcoming Winter in the Blood.