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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Costumer Calls Out Pay Disparity

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Everything is not glam and fame when it comes to Hollywood. There are issues that simply are not catchy enough for the media to highlight. We have found one such case. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood costume designer, Arianne Phillips has called out a pay disparity issue that people in her profession face every day.

Who is Arianne Phillips?

For those of you who do not know, Arianne Phillips is the costume designer for Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. She is also an Academy Award contender for her design work in Walk the Line and W.E. Apart from this, she also received several BAFTA nominations.

She is famous for her design work in A Single Man and Kingsman: The Secret Service. Moreover, she has also been Madonna’s personal stylist and worked on her costumes for the previous four concert tours.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood | There Was A Pay Disparity Issue…

Arianne Phillips thinks that being a costume designer is not an easy task, especially when there are behind-the-scenes issues with work contracts. She told IndieWire that costume designing is not considered a creative position in the film industry, rather a ‘technical’ one. She continued to explain:

We also have huge issues with pay equity, where we are paid 50% less than production designers. And if you think about the value of creatives, we also don’t own (our work). Most people don’t own their work in film. They work for hire. So we have all kinds of esteem-building that we’re doing within our own union. I’m super-involved in pay equity.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood costume designer wants to change this trend happening in Hollywood. She then goes ahead to explain the perception of costumers by the movie industry. She describes that at first makeup used to be a man’s job, and their wives would usually get the roles of hairstylists. For the costume designers, it was only women who would set wardrobes for movies and shows.

Oscars has its own category for costume designing, and there is a whole different awards ceremony for a profession in Costume Designers Guild. However, Arianne Phillips wants to change the story that the people in her profession see in their contract papers.

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