About Kym Barrett

Kym Barrett is an Australian costume designer who works in film, theatre, and opera. 

After receiving a BA from UNE, Kym studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). She worked for the Sydney Theater Company and Belvoir Street for eight years post-graduation before receiving an invitation from fellow alumni Baz Luhrmann to work as a costumes assistant on his debut feature, Strictly Ballroom (1992). 


Four years after working on Strictly Ballroom, Baz invited Kym to design 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., Penelope Cruz) and Jordan Peele’s 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, DC’s Aquaman (Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe), Sony’s production of Charlie’s Angels (Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Elizabeth Banks), the newest Marvel superhero film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Meng’er Zhang), and George Miller’s 3000 Years of Longing (Idris Elba, Tilda Swinton).

She is currently working on Sony’s newest musical directed by Speck Gordon, Lyle, Lyle Crocodile (Javier Bardem, Constance Wu), set to release in 2022.  

Theatre + Opera:

Her theatre work includes costumes for Cirque du Soleil projects Totem ( directed by Robert Lepage) and Toruk – the First Flight (2016), The Metropolitan Opera productions of The Tempest (2012) and The Magic Flute (2019, New Years Eve Premiere), and the pre-production of The Three-Body Problem in Shanghai and New York. 


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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.”