As a female run business, we're excited to chat with inspiring women that excel in their industry.
We are thrilled to sit down for a mini-interview with the award winning Costume Designer - Jany Temime, known for her iconic work on the Harry Potter film series, James Bond, Judy, plus our personal favourite, House of the Dragon, where jewellery from Ottoman Hands was worn by the main characters.
We can't wait to share with you our first hand insights on Jany's backstage tips and creative process.
Jany wearing an Ottoman Hands Snake Chain Necklace while working in Italy
1. What led you to become a costume designer and what is your advice for an aspiring young designer?
I've always known that I wanted to be a costume designer since I can remember, around the age of 4 and didn't want to be anything else. I would advise an aspiring young designer to listen to their instinct and go for it.
Sketch for the costumes of "Judy" played by Renee Zellweger (image courtesy of Jany Temime)
2. Do you have any career highlights or backstage stories that you would like to share with us?
Every project I have worked on has been different from the other. Every project has a different attitude, diversity, and makes me feel alive when I start something new.
Jany Temime and the costume team of House of the Dragon at the 75th Creative Arts Emmy Awards (image courtesy of Invision/AP)
3. What is the process to prepare for an elaborate production like House of the Dragon and what are the biggest challenges?
It was a long creative process to prepare for the House of the Dragon. It took longer than usual due to the covid lockdown where I had more time to design in confinement. The director and the showrunner wanted the show to be different from the Game of Thrones, to have a different style because the House of the Dragon story began nearly 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, therefore the process took months to come up with a different costume design and setting.
Princess Rhaenyra ( Emma D'Arcy) wearing the Jale Antique Hoops in House of the Dragon S1 (image courtesy of HBO)
4. Speaking of House of the Dragon, we loved working with you and providing jewellery for the main characters, what was it about OH jewellery that worked for the characters and the costumes?
I was so happy when our buyer showed your jewellery to me and was immediately drawn to the ethnic and antique inspired designs which were a perfect fit for the female characters. The designs are unique and original and the stone colours were beautiful and captivating, which made it easy to style the characters.
Princess Rhaenyra ( Emma D'Arcy) wearing the Hydra Labradorite and Ruby Drop Earrings in House of the Dragon S1 (image courtesy of HBO)
5. What do you look for when picking jewellery for a character, and is there a character - from any production - that you have particularly enjoyed dressing?
I have enjoyed picking and styling the characters in every production I have worked on. Jewellery is personal and needs to compliment the character's identity. That's why I enjoyed styling the characters in the House of the Dragon with your jewellery because the design and style was perfect for that specific look.
Princess Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) wearing the Zand Ruby Drop Earrings in House of the Dragon S1 (image courtesy of HBO)