As little girls, all of us have played dress-up with our mother’s saris. Perhaps one of the few who has turned her childhood playtime into a full-time career, Stephy Xavior, the costume-designer from Wayanad, talks about entering the world of films and her first State Award.
25-year old Stephy who learnt fashion designing from KLE’s Fashion Technology and Institute started out by helping with costumes for ad films at TVC Factory when she initially came to Kochi. “Dileesh Prabhakaran who is the manager at TVC recommended me to Bash Muhammed, the director of Luka Chuppi. Offers started pouring in as soon as the film released. Simultaneously I had also worked for Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi. Then came Darvinte Parinamam, Karinkunnam Sixes, Annmaria Kalipillanu, Valleem Theti Pulleem Theti, Ezra and The Great Father,” says Stephy.
Just two years in the industry and she has already worked with the likes of Nivin Pauly, Tovino Thomas, Prithviraj and Manju Warrier. Always interested in costumes, she would take part in garment making workshops while in higher secondary school. “When I came to know that there’s a costume department in film industry and specialists are hired for that, I realised that this is what I want to do. When I told my mother about my aspirations, she and my brother went to Bangalore and enquired about this college teaching fashion design. And that’s how my journey began,” says a Stephy who is grateful to have a supportive family.