Kari Perkins

has created the wardrobe for seven films directed by Austin-based filmmaker Richard Linklater, first working with the two-time Oscar® nominee as costume designer on his critically-acclaimed 1993 comedy DAZED AND CONFUSED.

While it would be another decade before Perkins reteamed with Linklater on his 2002 HBO feature, “$5.15/Hour,” she has since collaborated with him on five additional features – FAST FOOD NATION, A SCANNER DARKLY, the critically-acclaimed comedy-thriller, BERNIE (Best Picture nominee at the Independent Spirit Awards, Best Comedy from the People’s Choice Awards, and recognition as one of the Top 10 Films of 2011 by the National Board of Review), his epic, acclaimed 12-year-odyssey, BOYHOOD (which collected six Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture) and, most recently the period baseball feature EVERYBODY WANTS SOME.

Boyhood, which premiered to rave reviews at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, was also a sensation at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival, where Linklater earned three festival awards -- Silver Berlin Bear as Best Director, Reader Jury of the Berliner Morgenpost and Prize of the Guild of Art House Cinemas.  He picked up a 4th nomination for the Golden Berlin Bear.]  It also garnered Perkins a nomination for Best Contemporary Costume Design by the Costume Designers Guild Awards.

Perkins began her industry career as a wardrobe seamstress on a 1987 project after designing for community theatre for several years.  She continued working in the movie arena, serving as a wardrobe assistant on Dennis Hopper’s 1990 noir thriller THE HOT SPOT before jumping up to costume supervisor the following year on two features -- Simon Callow’s film adaptation of Edward Albee’s play, THE BALLAD OF SAD CAFÉ, and the romantic comedy HARD PROMISES.

Two years later, Perkins landed her very first design credit on Linklater’s DAZED AND CONFUSED and has since compiled over two dozen credits on such projects as LOVE AND A .45, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: NEXT GENERATION (both 1994) and, more recently, Jeff Nichols’ acclaimed Palme d’Or-nominated Cannes entry, MUD (which also won the Robert Altman Award at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards), Atom Egoyan’s true crime drama DEVIL’S KNOT, Peter Landesman’s Kennedy assassination thriller PARKLAND and Jon Amiel’s Lifetime movie, “Deliverance Creek.”

In addition to her film/TV work, Perkins has also designed for some prolific dance choreographers such as Jonathan Watkins’ “Crash” with Texas Ballet theater, Ballet Austin’s Stephen Mills’ “Women and Light,” “Torso” and “Wall of Names,” and Sharir+Bustamante’s “For Four” and “Court 6.” Perkins has also worked on Ariel Dance Theater’s “Gyre,” “Five2Ten,” “Flush” and “Everything Between;” and Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Co.’s “Murmur,” “Royal Pair,” “Spin” and “Woman Smiling.” She has also designed costumes for several Blue Lapis Light (bluelapislight.org) aerial dance projects, including “Zed,” “Blue Pearl Trilogy,” “Body Count” and “Devotion.”  Her stage work also include the 2002 B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Costume Design for the stage production “Dark Goddess.”