Citing influences including “the Afro-futurism of the ’70s, Gianni Versace’s ’90s as well as her passion for travel and exploring new worlds,” Charlese comes to the Costume Designers Branch with a vivid eye for design and detail that has enlivened films for over a decade. Here are a few showcases for her unique and vibrant talent.
One of Charlese’s earliest projects was working as an assistant costume designer on this comedic sci-fi film from Jack Schreier about a robot servant for former thief Frank Langella who ends up spurring him to come up with a plan for a major heist. The subdued sci-fi elements here are carried over into the restrained but effective clothing choices that exhibit refinement and just a dash of decadence.
Shaka King’s very different kind of romantic comedy features a quirky love triangle between a man, his new girlfriend and a passion for pot. Filled with observant details, this indie gem was a calling card for Charlese as her first feature film as head costume designer and opened the door for many projects to come.
A seriocomic look at the challenges of interracial families in modern-day America, this film from Rob Meyer allows Charlese to explore the look of suburban life in Washington State. The contrast between the relocated family from the Big Apple and their new neighbors is underscored by Charlese’s costume choices down to the smallest parts.
The lovers on the lam formula gets a modern twist in Gary Michael Schultz’s hip crime movie as the title characters (played by Emile Hirsch and Zoë Kravitz) become embroiled in the world of gangsters and dogged cops in Louisiana. From punk to the backwoods, Charlese’s costumes tell you all you need to know about the characters’ backgrounds and attitudes.
Charlese’s most recent film is this fact-based drama that picked up two Oscars for Supporting Actor (Daniel Kaluuya) and Original Song for “Fight for You.” Here the costumes are period-accurate depictions of late ’60s Chicago for the story of Fred Hampton, the Black Panther chairman whose life and shattering betrayal are brought vividly to the screen.