Deborah Hopper started her costume-design career in the fantasy/make-believe worlds of opera and ballet. Now, renowned for her down-and-dirty, true-to-life style, she is a perfect match for filmmaker Clint Eastwood, and her 20-year run with the director proves it. “Million Dollar Baby,” “Letters From Iwo Jima,” “Mystic River,” “Flags of Our Fathers” and now “Changeling” all reflect Hopper’s relentless research and her penchant for including the vision of actors in her creative process.
“Clint trusts me and trusts my work,” says the designer. “I use resources like Sears & Roebuck, back issues of Life magazine, high school yearbooks that give me a snapshot of everyday life.”
Next up, another Eastwood film, “The Human Factor.” “It’s about Nelson Mandela after he’s released from prison in 1995 … and the Rugby World Cup. Matt Damon plays the team captain,” Hopper says. “There’s a lot of research to be done.”