Ashley Heathcock, a professional costume designer, made a stop by Mississippi School of the Arts to conduct some masterclasses in the art of costume design and character creation. Students in Theatre and Media Arts received valuable instruction and work critiques by the award-winning designer.

Since she was a young girl, Ashley Heathcock has always been passionate about fashion and costume design. This passion led her to pursue a higher education in fashion design at AIU London. Heathcock started in film as a Costume Intern moving quickly to Costume Fitter, Shopper, Seamstress, Illustrator, Ager/Dyer, Set Costumer and Assistant Costume Designer. Ashley knew if she wanted to become a successful Costume Designer she’d need to master every role in the costume department on her way there.

Some of the productions she has worked on include Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, 22 Jump Street, True Blood, Treme, Now You See Me, Deepwater Horizon, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the latter of which allowed her to hone the skilled craft of aging/dying. She also got the opportunity to work with iconic Costume Designer now Producer, Lou Eyrich, on American Horror Story and Scream Queens. As an Assistant Designer, Heathcock has worked on Halston, The Orville, Bright and Venom with award winning designers Jeriana San Juan, Joseph Porro and Kelli Jones.

Once she made the leap to Costume Designer, it’s been non-stop. Heathcock has become a sought-after Designer in her own right. She began by designing the short film Pleasant Canyon, which won best short at Mammoth Film Festival. Then came the feature Dark Meridian, winning awards at Festival of Cinema NYC and Madrid International Film Festival. Afterwards she designed Clark Duke’s crime drama Arkansas, with the all-star cast of Vince Vaughn, Liam Hemsworth, John Malkovich, and Vivica Fox. In addition, Ashley commanded network TV, having designed season 2 & 4 of CBS’ Magnum P.I. Most recently Heathcock designed Amanda Kramer’s Please Baby Please starring Andrea Riseborough, Harry Melling, Demi Moore, Karl Glusman, and Cole Escola. Please Baby Please is thrilling 1950s fantasy film which has premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Sydney Film Fest, San Fransisco’s Frameline, LA’s Outfest, and Montréal’s Fantasia Festival.

Heathcock believes that Costume Design is a medium where both her fashion background and the art of aging/dying are united. She applies textures and details to elevate a costume on screen. Ashley loves the collaboration in filmmaking, where the final product is a beautiful alchemy of everyone’s individual contribution.