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Barbara Darragh: On designing 'that' outfit for Xena...

Interview – 2011

Costume designer Barbara Darragh is the creator of the iconic Xena outfit worn by Lucy Lawless and Billy T James’ look as the Tainuia Kid in Came a Hot Friday. She has won awards for movies The Dead Lands, The End of the Golden Weather and River Queen. Her TV credits include  GreenstoneSpartacus and The Bad Seed,

In this ScreenTalk, Darragh talks about:

  • Helping create monsters for classic sci-fi series Under the Mountain
  • Using an assortment of odds and ends to create Billy T James’ Tainuia Kid costume for Came a Hot Friday
  • Scouring old photo albums to create a vintage feel for The End of the Golden Weather
  • How winning an award for the film’s costumes recognised the costume designing craft
  • Having fun creating costumes for the sword and sandals fantasy show Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
  • Inadvertently helping create a lesbian icon when designing the signature costume for Xena: Warrior Princess
  • Using incredible amounts of blue dye for the soldiers’ uniforms on River Queen
  • Managing tension on set over different views on how the film should look
  • How beauty, pain, dirt and nudity make designing for Spartacus a "dream"
This video was first uploaded on 14 June 2011, and is available under this Creative Commons licence. This licence is limited to use of ScreenTalk interview footage only and does not apply to any video content and photographs from films, television, music videos, web series and commercials used in the interview.
Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside
I tried to keep a bit of beauty in there as well, because people did at that time love to dress up — as well as being comfortable. The hats, the colour, the floral dresses, and the boys in their gorgeous loose shirts baggy pants. Yeah, we had fun.
– Barbara Darragh on her award-warning costume design work for movie The End of the Golden Weather