Gun­ning for new cos­tume di­rec­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Vic­to­ria Ri­fici

COTTES­LOE res­i­dent Lisa Gun­ning will close Wem­b­ley’s Cos­tume Stu­dio af­ter 21 years to rekin­dle her love for cos­tume de­sign­ing.

The mother of two has worked in the Aus­tralian film in­dus­try since 1987.

She has cos­tumed Hol­ly­wood stars in­clud­ing Gre­gory Peck, Pa­trick Stewart, Rus­sell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Olivia New­ton-john and Judy Davis.

Her idea to take a break from the in­dus­try and open a cos­tume shop evolved when she started a fam­ily.

“The shop started when my hus­band wanted us to start a fam­ily and he wanted me to stop trav­el­ling in­ter­state for my film work,” she said.

“The cus­tomers have all been gor­geous and a reg­u­lar cus­tomer came in the other day and was in tears when she heard I’d be shut­ting; she’s been com­ing for 21 years.”

Mrs Gun­ning started her busi­ness in Shen­ton Park and later re­lo­cated to Wem­b­ley where she has been for 13 years.

Many of the cos­tumes were sourced from her in­ter­na­tional trips to Amer­ica, China, Barcelona and Hong Kong. They were also sourced from Movie World in Queens­land, The Man from Snowy River TV se­ries, WA Opera, Mel­bourne Opera and lo­cal Perth en­ter­tainer Max Kay.

Mrs Gun­ning said she had more than 3000 one-ofa-kind cos­tumes for sale at dis­counted prices.

“I have some amaz­ing things that would be great for lo­cal the­atre groups, the­atre de­part­ments and your av­er­age Joe as well.”

The cos­tume de­signer said she de­cided to close due to a down­turn in re­tail.

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Lisa Gun­ning is clos­ing her Cos­tume Stu­dio be­cause of a down­turn in the re­tail in­dus­try.Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

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