Profile of Mary E. McLeod

"The definition of a true Costume Designer envelops the fundamentals of talent, instinct and technical knowledge."Ms. McLeod's journey began at age 7, with a brand new sewing machine. Her muse was her grandmother, who schooled her in the fine art of couture methodology, construction, draping and fabrics. Years later, she developed her technical skills at George Brown College in Toronto. She then went on to the Ontario College of Art & Design to perfect her drawing and visual communication skills.

Prior to her involvement in the Motion Picture and Television Industry, she was a music programmer for CKNW and CFCA Radio and  a director of Campus Radio in Waterloo, Ontario. After graduating from the University of Waterloo, she wrote and produced an educational film dealing with teenage sexuality. Although provocative for it's time, the film was well received and performed well in syndication.

Ms. McLeod's introduction to the publishing world came with the co-authoring of the book entitled 'Women of Canada'. Ms. McLeod says, "I had the great opportunity to interview some of the most incredible and talented women in the areas of the Arts, Business and Politics, including author Margaret Atwood, prima ballerina, Karen Cain, fashion designer, Claire Haddad and art consultant, Marci Lipman. The book was produced by George Abbott and photographed by renowned fashion photographer, Gordon Hay.

Her writing career continued on to include a popular weekly variety series, 'Stars On Ice', for the CTV Network. The show was a musical extravaganza featuring top professional figure skaters from around the world. The host was Alex Trebek, who later went onto great success as the host of 'Jeopardy'. 'Stars On Ice' was one of the most lavish, expensive and successful productions done on Canadian Television.

Then came her opportunity and her debut as a costume cesigner. The movie was Bob Clark's 'Porky's', a teen coming-of-age comedy set in 1954 South Florida. Mary continued to work with Bob on 'Porky's 2' and the classic, 'A Christmas Story'. She received Genie Award nominations for Best Costume Design for 'Porky's' and 'A Christmas Story'.

Throughout the following years, Ms. McLeod designed costumes for a wide range of film genres, working with some of the best directors and actors in the industry. From 'Look Who's Talking Now' with John Travolta to the Indie classic, 'The Boondock Saints', 'Driven' with Sylvester Stallone, '3000 Miles To Graceland' starring Kevin Costner and Kurt Russell, to the successful franchise 'Resident Evil: Apocalypse'. Along the way she garnered another Genie Award nomination for her work on 'Fido'.

Ms. McLeod's talents are not limited to feature film. Some of her notable work in television included designing  for Vanessa L. Williams in the 1950's musical 'Bye Bye Birdie', choreographed by the great Ann Reinking and directed by the legendary Gene Saks.

Again she teamed up with Director Bob Clark to design the TV Movie 'Catch A Falling Star' with Sela Ward. Other notable TV projects were 'Spoils Of War', a TV adaptation of the Broadway play, starring Oscar nominated Kate Nelligan and the pilot entitled '17th Precinct', written and produced by the creator of 'Battlestar Galactica', Ron D. Moore. 

Ms. McLeod has worked extensively in both Canada and the United States. From Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg & Vancouver to Los Angeles, New York, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida & the Carolinas. Ms. McLeod is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States.

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