Jude Leonard

Jude Leonard

Freelance Costume Standby and Costume Maker

  • Location: Belfast
  • Career stage: Entry
  • Freelancer: Available

I am a vibrant, energetic, highly motivated worker who is excellent at organising and working to tight deadlines. English is my native language et je parle un peu français.

I graduated from University for the Creative Arts, Epsom in June 2014 and since then was fortunate to intern at Gareth Pugh for four months working on the collection for New York Fashion Week.

After interning I went backpacking around Europe which was an extremely exciting and challenging adventure, I feel this shows a lot of independence. During this time I really developed my problem solving, organisation and communication skills.

Although I did my degree in Fashion Design, Costume has always been a strong interest and I was fortunate to freelance in Costume Making for theatre in London. This experience reiterated my real interest in pursuing Costume as a career. Since this I have worked in film and TV as a Costume Trainee. Productions include The Lost City of Z, Game of Thrones and The Fall.
I have recently started working on my first Independent Feature film and the experience has been unbelievable. My role on this was the Costume Designer/Supervisor therefore I was overseeing the entire running of Costume from the styling to the breakdown to the continuity. I would love to work on another independent feature again soon. The experience cannot be beaten.

Work History

Costume Maker - Freelance

May 2015 - Present

Costume Designer/Supervisor - Killers Within

Feb 2016 - May 2016

Costume Trainee/Alterations - The Fall 3 Ltd

Nov 2015 - Mar 2016

Costume Trainee - Fire and Blood Ltd

Oct 2015 - Dec 2015

Costume Trainee - Lost City of Z Ltd

Aug 2015 - Oct 2015

Seamstress/Studio Assistant - Gareth Pugh

May 2014 - Sep 2014

Studio Assistant - Meadham Kirchhoff

Mar 2013 - Jun 2013

Press Office Assistant - KTZ

Sep 2012 - Dec 2012

Studio Assistant - Gwen&Syd

Apr 2012 - May 2012

Styling Assistant - Oliver Vaughn

Nov 2011 - Feb 2012


Fashion Design (Womenswear) - BA(Hons) - University for the Creative Arts, Epsom

Sep 2011 - Jun 2014

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Costume, Fashion, Textiles) - Foundation Diploma - Leeds College of Art

Aug 2010 - Jun 2011


  • Costume Alterations
  • Costume Breakdown
  • Costume Construction
  • Costume Continuity
  • Costume Design
  • Costume Standby
  • Draping
  • Dresser
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Hand-sewing
  • Organisational and Planning Skills
  • Pattern Cutting
  • Pattern Drafting
  • Practical Sewing Skills
  • Set Standby
  • Styling
  • Tailoring Skills
  • Team Leadership
  • Technical Drawing
  • Trend Forecasting