Whitney Anne Adams is a New York City based costume designer & stylist for film, tv, commercials, theatre, dance, and events. Her films have premiered worldwide including the Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival. In addition, Whitney is the stylist to actor Brian Tyree Henry.
Her upcoming work includes PIERCING starring Mia Wasikowska and Christopher Abbott (Universal, in theaters February 1, 2019), HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U starring Jessica Rothe and Israel Broussard (Universal & Blumhouse, in theaters worldwide February 14th 2019), and KILLERMAN starring Liam Hemsworth which will be in theaters in Spring 2019.
Whitney is first and foremost a lover of cinema - by the age of 2 she had Mary Poppins memorized in it's entirety as she learned to talk (along with a terrible British accent that lasted nearly a year) and her affection only grew from there.
Raised in Northern California, Whitney spent her educational years and the beginning of her professional career working in all realms of theatrical costume design, dressing and tailoring. She was fortunate enough to attend her dream school of UC San Diego and studied under Tony Award-winning costume designer Judith Dolan while also working as a tailor and dresser at the La Jolla Playhouse. In her three years at LJP, she worked on many shows, including several that were Broadway-bound. After completing her degree, she moved to New York City, landing a job as a first hand and tailor at Carelli Costumes. She worked there for several years where she constructed couture garments for Broadway, film & TV, as well as concerts and private clients. Some of her favorite projects there include helping build all of Beyonce's costumes for her "I Am" tour, acting as Liza Minelli's personal seamstress, and getting the chance to hone her fine embroidery and beading skills. During this time, she was also the personal seamstress to famed Oscar-winning costume designer Eiko Ishioka. Having such a detailed background in garment construction is one of the foundations of Whitney's design process.
After Carelli's, Whitney became four-time Oscar-winning Catherine Martin's costume design assistant on The Great Gatsby (dir. by Baz Luhrmann), and became clear that film costume design was her passion. Being given the opportunity to work under CM was an incredible gift, that barely felt like work. After working for Baz and CM for many years on a myriad of incredible projects (including Chanel No. 5 with Gisele Bündchen, Strictly Ballroom the Musical and several Met Galas) she left Bazmark to head her own department.
Since then, Whitney has designed a multitude of films, commercials, and live performances and has gained several styling clients, including actor Brian Tyree Henry. She is incredibly dedicated to her craft and will stop at nothing to get the job done with a huge grin on her face. Her work gives her the chance to develop her own passions for the human condition, color, design, fabrics and accessories while also giving confidence to her actors and clients.
Whitney is based in New York City and she runs on whiskey and tacos.
Member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829
Fun Trivia Facts: SF Giants/GS Warriors fanatic & sports lover, two-game-a-week bowler, film buff, theatre-goer, stand-up attendee, podcast junkie, yogi, lover of New York World’s Fair collectables.