*I guess you could equate that to Cher’s relationship with Bob Mackie; but my comparison goes only as far as wearing crazy costumes goes. Musicaly, they are nothing alike.
And so he went on to work in many different positions related to Costume department, from Extras Wardrobe Coordinator for Ford: The Man and the Machine (1987), to Head Dresser for Black Robe (1991), working his way up to Costume designer.
His specialty? Historical costumes! As Irene Litinsky, producer of The Last Templar (2009) said, “He does not make costumes; he recreates eras”. And indeed, when at first Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, director of The Pillars of the Earth (2009) did not want his actors to wear wigs, Davignon told him the whole thing would look like a Halloween Party to the viewers who would see collarless tunics on short haired men. He won the argument: they all got wigs. Thank goodness for authenticity driven costume designers or else imagine the awful anachronisms we the costume loving viewers would have to endure!
His workshop, owned with two other friends – Renée and Fabienne April, F M R Costumes is set in Montréal, in Petite-Bourgogne. The three story building is full of dresses, shirts, pants, jackets, shoes, jewellery, etc. They rent costumes to local movie and tele producers.
You can read the article on the scan pages included in this post, or on L’Actualité’s website: L’étoffe des héros.
Now THAT is my dream job. Do you think they might find a use for a Costumeholic (with a background in Fashion) such as me?