I got to appreciate the artistry of costume design firsthand as a background player in the CBC period drama Frankie Drake Mysteries.
I was an extra, barely onscreen for a second. But my wardrobe, which consisted of a husky, seemingly bulletproof three-piece tweed suit and blue velvet hat, with matching brogues, immediately transported me to a sense of place.
“You might never see some of the clothes, but it really informs the character, and the more detailed and layered you get the better it is for the actor,” says Joanna Syrokomla, the costume designer for fellow Shaftesbury series Murdoch Mysteries.
Syrokomla also happens to be the co-chair of the inaugural Canadian Alliance of Film & Television Costume Arts & Design Awards on Feb. 10, which will celebrate the best in film and television design in Canada at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.