New York Times:
There’s another Oscar-related clothes issue currently getting Hollywood all worked up: the fight for equal pay being waged by the members of the Costume Designers Guild. Costume designers, who are 83 percent female, are paid 30 percent less than production designers (their organizational-chart peers), who are 80 percent male, according to research from the U.S.C. Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and the Annenberg Foundation.
Since it was published in 1965, Frank Herbert’s Dune has been described as an epic, an instant science fiction classic, and alarmingly, “unfilmable.” Herbert created a complex, galaxy-spanning socio-political system with an elaborate theological life, thousands of years of history, and entire worlds of cultural development which frame an adventure story populated with fully realized, deep characters.
The notoriously challenging project has been attempted several times, but it has remained the “third rail” of science fiction adaptations. The story drops us into a formed historical period already in progress. Dune is a project in which the costumes transcend character and become part of the world-building. It is both intricate and overt. We spoke with costume designers Jacqueline West and Robert Morgan about their work to bring one of science fiction’s greatest stories to life.