Mexico has given birth to countless characters that have triumphed in the world in various fields: from medicine, technology and science, as well as the world of arts like design, music and cinema.
Personalities such as Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Guillermo Del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron, Emmanuel Lubekzi, Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, and Salma Hayek, are just some of the people who have called Mexico their home and the place of the birth of their successful careers.
In this article we’ll talk about Mayes C. Rubeo a costume designer who has worked for Disney in “John Carter,” and has also made costumes for box office hits such as “Avatar”, considered the highest grossing film ever, directed by James Cameron. Mayes also worked directly with the costume designing of “Apocalypto”, directed by Mel Gibson, and more productions.
Mayes was born in Mexico City in 1962, in a family of 12. In the 80’s she moved to LA, where she had to start from the bottom –according to an interview on BBC-. Back in those days, she was the last assistant of the costume department, she had to sew buttons and make ribbons, but she always dreamed high: of designing costumes for big productions and box office hits… And she made it happen!
During her time in LA, she went to a technical school in the city called the Los Angeles Trade Tech; later on she took a few classes at UCLA Extension and some courses in Italy. Following on her studies, she managed to get a job as designer Enrico Sabbatini’s personal assistant, a highly important figure in Italy’s movie industry. It was he who trained her, and put her on the right path to personal and professional growth.
The designer started working in independent films, where she learned to create great things with very few resources, she worked as a costume assistant on films like “Total Recall” and “Born on the Fourth of July”; then the director John Sayles asked her to do the design of the costumes for a film called “Man with Guns”. Right after that, other directors started seeking out for her, since they’d already seen her work.
And in 2009 the actor and director Mel Gibson gave her the opportunity to design the Maya aesthetics for the film “Apocalypto”; she then worked on “Dragonball: Evolution” and then she got to work with the acclaimed director James Cameron on “Avatar”. After this experience, she managed to land another great production “World War Z”, starring Brad Pitt, where she was in charge of all costume and wardrobe.
For the designer, costumes are a distinctive and highly important element of a film. She currently has a workshop in Italy, where she ensembles the prototypes of the designs she’ll then use in movies she works in.
Mayes C. Rubeo also took over the wardrobe of the film “Warcraft ” to be released this year, which is based on the popular video game; she will also be responsible for the costumes of the film “The Great Wall”, focusing on the history of the construction of the Great Wall of China which is currently in post- production and is expected to be released in 2017, and is also working in “Thor: Ragnarok”, which will be the third film in the saga of the God of Thunder, starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Jaimie Alexander and Cate Blanchett, which is expected to be released on November 3, 2017.