Paco Delgado was on campus today to promote his Academy Award-nominated costumes for The Danish Girl. The Spanish designer is no stranger to receiving critical acclaim; his costumes for Les Misérables in 2013 were also nominated for an Academy Award, BAFTA and Costume Designer Guild award, among others. The social media teams from the Museum, FIDM College, and Fashion Club were lucky enough to ask Delgado a few questions about the transition of his career, his process of designing for The Danish Girl, and (exciting for us!) how he used museum collections in his research.
Q: I want to take you back to the very beginning of your career. How did you get your start?
A: I actually started studying something in university completely different, I did Physics! I was always very interested in theater, especially in the visual aspects of theater. I decided to get more into the designing aspects of theater. I started being a set designer. I didn’t have any interest in costumes at all. Well, I had interest in costume but it wasn’t my main aim. What happened is I was working in very small productions and they never had any money to hire two people (basically they didn’t have money to hire one person!) I started doing sets, and then they asked me sometimes to do the costumes as well. The thing is, I always thought the costumes were like a side dish somehow to the set (I’m ashamed of that now, but that is what I thought!) And then I started doing costumes little by little, and people started to say your costumes look very interesting, and then more people started calling me for costumes, and basically I ended up doing costumes and not sets! My sets were not as good as my costumes. When I was starting I was very unaware of how difficult they were. Through years and years of working on them, I started finding them more fascinating and more interesting, and now I’m completely hooked and I really love costumes!