Growing up in small town Appalachia, Kris Deskins knew she was destined to become a costume designer. From a very young age she dressed herself, her friends and her family in designs often inspired by her love of classic movies that she watched with her grandmother after school. Acting and costume design filled her dreams along with branching out of small town life, so she studied both while attending college and grad school. Kris earned a master’s degree in theater from the University of Kentucky with a concentration in both costume design and acting. Her early design experience was mostly rooted in Renaissance, mid 20th century musicals and operas; many of which she was also a cast member.
While still in grad school, Kris took her know-how and brokered a deal to buy all the stock costume inventory from the University of Kentucky so that she and a business partner could start a costume rental house called the The Lexington Costume Company. After successfully building and running that company for 5 years, Kris sold her stake to her partner and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of becoming a Hollywood costume designer.
Since coming to California, Kris has worked primarily on films set in contemporary time periods; however, her passion remains in period design and she welcomes any opportunity she can get to revisit her roots in classic time periods. Along with always coming in on budget and her ability to interpret the director’s vision into a complete visual understanding and audience experience, Kris also brings functionality to her design work. Having spent her early life on stage as an actor, she’s not only aware of how the costume looks but is fully aware of how it profoundly affects the story, the character, and how it functions on the actor’s body, as well.
Kris welcomes all new challenges presented as her career trajectory grows and changes along with this crazy business.