I see clothes as character. Fabrics, textures, and color can reflect a personality as much as they can one's culture. A wardrobe may accentuate or mask features, embrace or reject norms, and uphold or challenge socio-economic status. I am most interested in the intersection of a character's history and how they choose to express themselves. I love film and theater because I love collaborating to tell stories about people.
With over a decade of experience, Jess has designed national TV commercials for Crest, Band-Aid, and Pediasure, plays for Julliard and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and feature films for A24, HBO, and Sony that have played Tribeca, Sundance, and Cannes.
Originally from Newberry, Florida, she earned her BFA from University of Florida and her MFA in Design from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.