About Kym Barrett

Kym Barrett is an Australian costume designer who works in film, theatre, and opera. She designed her first film costumes in 1996 for the romance Romeo + Juliet. Two years later Kym worked on David O. Russell’s war movie Three Kings (George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube). She created the revolutionary outfits for The Matrix (1999) that same year, and continued to work with the Wachowskis on the Matrix sequels and many of their other films, like Final Flight of the Osiris, Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending. 

Kym also developed the costumes for several horror thrillers, such as the Hughes Brother’s movie From Hell (2001, Johnny Depp, Heather Graham), Gothika (2003 – Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr., Penélope Cruz) and Jordan Peele’s new picture, US (2018, Elisabeth Moss, Lupita Nyong’o). 

Her other works include Zero Effect (Bill Pullman, Ben Stiller), the animated picture Titan A.E. (Matt Damon, Drew Barrymore), fantasy movie Eragon, Seth Rogan’s comedy The Green Hornet, Colombia Picture’s hero movie The Amazing Spiderman (Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone), 70’s action-comedy The Nice Guys (Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling), thriller The Shallows, and—most recently— DC’s new Aquaman (Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe). 

She is currently working on the new Sony production of Charlie’s Angels in Berlin and Istanbul.

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“Kym came in with a Japanese print Hawaiian shirt she’d found in an op shop. Soon we were developing our own Hawaiian prints with all sorts of Montague signs and references in the fabric itself and it became a sort of mise en abyme of Shakespearean “Hawaiian shirts within Hawaiian shirts,” but Kym, with CM’s support, did a brilliant job at this.”

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