Costume designer Reem El-Adl has worked on 30+ iconic hits such as Sheikh Jackson, Clash and Segn El Nesa, and you can see sketches of all these works on her new website.
There’s an artistry to costume design that is just unmatched. Designers help us peer into the intimate workings of a character in film and TV by how they dress, and when it’s culturally cognizant of its place and setting, say a women’s prison in Egypt or a conservative Egyptian imam in Alexandria that becomes infatuated with Michael Jackson, there’s so much room to play - and when done right it'll look so natural and seamless it's almost invisible within the context of the film.
Reem El-Adl, Egyptian film and TV costume designer, is now giving us the inside look behind all of her great works for over 30 films and TV series, including Amr Salama’s Sheikh Jackson, Hady El-Bagoury’s horror film El Deif (The Guest) and Mariam Naoum’s scathing look into the Egyptian prison system and the disenfranchisement of women in the hit Ramadan series Segn El Nesa (Women’s Prison).
The seasoned costume designer has released all of the costume sketches from these mega hits and many more. You can browse through her website to get a feel of how El-Adl envisioned these characters’ looks, from drab garbs to vivid outfits that have come to define the characters that adorned them.
You can check out the full archive of sketches at reemeladl.com/sketches