About

Joe Kucharski is an Imagineer, Costume Designer, Writer, and Speaker.

Joe serves as Senior Costume Designer for Walt Disney Imagineering in Southern California.

With a diverse design background in theatre, film, and themed entertainment, Kucharski has designed and project managed for some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Disney, DreamWorks, Nickelodeon, and Universal. His designs for both theatre and film have been seen as part of new works and film festivals around the world, winning Best Costume Design at The London International Filmmaker Festival.

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Joe Kucharski is the Editor and head writer of Tyranny of Style, a website that focuses on the multifaceted study of clothing; covering the latest in costume design, digital fashion technology, style, and history of dress.

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He has been an invited speaker at MAGIC Market Week in Las Vegas (alongside costume designers Lyn Paolo, Mandi Line, and Daniel Musto), Indiana University, United States Institutue of Theatre Technology, and Costume Society of America.

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Would you like to inquire about having Joe Kucharski serve as a costume designer? Consultant? Write for your publication? Or speak at an event?

Contact him at: KucharskiJoe@gmail.com

 

Joe Kucharski - Curriculum Vitae

 


Select Reviews and Recommendations:

“Together with costume designer Joe Kucharski, the movie’s special effects team creates an eye-popping array of grisly kitsch that ruthlessly targets the poncho-supplied “splash zone” in the front rows.” -Los Angeles Times (Re-Animator: The Musical, Steve Allen Theatre 2011)

“Joe Kucharski has a field day with the costumes, such as the black and orange colors of the cheerleaders’ outfits.” -StageAndCinema.com (Re-Animator: The Musical, Steve Allen Theatre 2011)

"A sense of nostalgia combines with lovely music and dance numbers, dazzling costumes and great sets for an impressive production of the musical 'Crazy For You.' Costume designer Joe Kucharski rose to the challenge of making an endless array of noteworthy costumes reminiscent of the 1930s and seamlessly combining the glitzy with the everyday. The chorus girls, for example, look equally lovely in their short show costumes and their conventional dresses. And the final tuxedos and flowing gowns for the finale feel straight out of a Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers film." - Winchester Daily Star (Crazy For You, Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre 2013)

"High-flying kicks, catchy tunes, striking costumes, and impressive sets make up a "razzle dazzle" production of the musical 'Chicago.' The costumes by Joe Kucharski are phenomenal with some color and thigh-high stockings for the girls. Considering there is not a lot of fabric used on most of them, they are not provocative but appealing and lend themselves to the many high kicks and acrobatic moves of the dancers." - Winchester Daily Star (Chicago, Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre 2013)

“Joe is an excellent costume designer. He has artistry and imagination. He worked within budget and used considerable ingenuity and inventiveness to make the best use of available resources. Budget restrictions only seemed to help him develop a higher degree of creative originality. I have great respect for him on both a professional and personal level. He takes tremendous pride in his work. His good judgement and positive attitude would make him a valued individual who would contribute positively to whatever he undertakes.” -Paul Van Zyl, Director (Elegey: Forsaken in South Africa, Independent Film 2011)

“…flaunts her carefree style in a number that showcases Joe Kucharski’s lavish costumes.” -Northern Virginia Daily (Aida, Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre 2011)