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Anna-Maria Vilppunen
FASHION AND CLOTHING DESIGN
1974, FINLAND

JADE WARRIOR - FIVE YEARS OF COSTUME DESIGN, REAL OR UNREAL
Statement
The costume design for the film Jade Warrior took many years. As for many other members of the crew, it was her first feature film; a huge challenge, but a rewarding experience. In the film, ancient China meets with modern Finland, and the result is a beautiful love story. The costumes reflect both The Kalevala and traditional Chinese clothing, yet they are complete fantasy. The beautiful colour scheme, natural materials, and intricate details create a background for the costumes. The colours and shapes of the costumes of modern Finland follow those of ancient China. The costumes for the leading roles were made in Finland, while the costumes for the crown scenes were sewn in China under Vilppunen’s instructions. The film was shot in Finland, Estonia, and China. It was directed by A.J. Annila and produced by Tero Kaukomaa and Petri Jokiranta of Blind Spot Pictures.

Biography
Anna Vilppunen has studied fashion design at the University of Art and Design Helsinki since 2001 after graduating from the Lahti Institute of Design. Besides basic studies, her minors included costume design for theatre and cinema and graphic design. Furthermore, she has participated in various projects, one of which was an entry for the Lindström Awards, which she won. In addition to her studies, she has worked as a costume designer for films and advertisements. Her final thesis work, the costume design for the film Jade Warrior, earned her the Jussi award (the Finnish equivalent of the Oscars) in 2006. She plans to continue costume design for film and theatre, but also hopes to work in fashion.
Contact information
+358 40 766 4608
avilppun(at)uiah.fi, anna.vilppu(at)gmail.com
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