Introducing Film & Costume Designer / Maker – Design Crazy Lady
Agnieszka Czapla runs a creative company named ‘Design Crazy Lady’ based in Leicester (with is trade marked as Fashion Consultancy). Agnes came to the UK 16-years ago to work with high end designers, she has over 30-years of experience working within the fashion industry.
However, when the pandemic hit Agnes was working as a freelance pattern cutter/ grader and sample machinist, working for suppliers that serviced high street retailers. Due to store closures she was unable to work, resulting in losing all of her income in 1 day.
Agnes, took this as an opportunity to be in control of her own destiny; initially she was planning to launch her own brand but noticed that there was quite a big need for her skills with small brands and start-ups. Therefore she focused herself on that side and put her own brand on hold.
Agnes already has experience of making custom made garments from her early career, however since then her custom pattern cutting skills have advanced and this has opened up new doors for her. She started to work on Cosplay and screen accurate costumes to order. Since then she has teamed up with people who are working within the movie industry and special effects make-up and with them she was able to start designing costumes for specific events. As a result she is working to grow that side of her business as it brings her lots of joy and allows her to continue to learn new techniques.
Goblin Wonderer is character created by Will Harvey for Prosthetics Even in Coventry and Agnes is creating a costume for it. It did involve making pirate style breeches, oversized georgette shirt and coat with real leather patchwork, as finishing touches she used spray paint to make it look dirty and worn.
Fashion-Enter Ltd worked with Agnes as part of the Community Renewal Fund and Agnes has employed one of the Academies learners as a pattern cutter and sample maker.
Fashion-Enter Ltd Deputy CEO, Jackie Bertram, said: “The world of fashion is never linear and it’s great to see Agnes and her company Design Crazy Lady having success in the film and costume area.”
Agnes can be contacted via Linked In