Fashion and film behind the camera

On set: Drew Ann Rosenberg

On set: Drew Ann Rosenberg

Drew Ann Rosenberg with Sex and a Girl cast members Angela Gots, Soleil Moon Frye, Alison Lohman and Lisa Brenner

Drew Ann Rosenberg with Sex and a Girl cast members Angela Gots, Soleil Moon Frye, Alison Lohman and Lisa Brenner

Director and Assistant Director of films and television, Drew Ann Rosenberg, is a woman working in a male-dominated profession. She is in a unique position to lead the way for other women and inspire both women and men. Her fashion sense is thoughtful; as Drew puts it, she follows “a studied casualness.” In other words, every decision that Drew makes has purpose and consequence. Drew is a dynamic force: strong, confident, talented, beautiful, a leader, a creative visionary, and incredibly warm and loving. And I know, too, because Drew Ann Rosenberg happens to be – my cousin.

I started my conversation by taking us back to my early images of Drew

MKG: I remember growing up, you always had your distinctive look – completely you. A little boho-chic. Casual, but always cool. You are my younger cousin, but I looked up to you! Has your style changed over time? How would you describe it?

Drew: I would say that’s pretty much it now. The work I do is very physical; I am on my feet all day long, there is a lot of heavy equipment, lights, people moving, sometimes in tight spaces. I love to come up with something unique to wear with low-impact financially, in case it gets destroyed. That’s why I love to shop at used-clothing stores because I can find funky things at reasonable prices.

MKG: You are a woman in the film industry, which is uncommon. How does this affect how you choose to dress on set?

Drew: I work in a male-dominated world. And I am in a position of leadership in charge of the filming and the film crew. I am always conscious of that and of my need to look professional at all times. I choose to wear things that aren’t revealing or too tight, and stay away from anything that would distract the guys or cause them to stare. In other words, I need to tone down any sexuality. My goal is to remain attractive and commanding but not seductive.

MKG: Do you feel that clothes have power?

Drew: Absolutely! I think that clothes can express the very essence of who we are. My friends who have young daughters who are coming-of-age, often talk about their concern about the styles today; that their daughters are wearing clothing that expose too much. In my situation, I have to do the opposite. I want my clothes to say: confident and understated.

MKG: Do you think there is a connection between fashion and self esteem?

Drew: I do. Our self esteem influences what we wear on a day-to-day basis, I think. I notice that when I feel down I like to wear more dark colors, and when I dress up a little more I feel better. When I feel vulnerable, I notice that I tend to wear more layers. A protection, perhaps? I pride myself on coming across put together, with a unique look that is all my own. One of the ways I like to express my individuality is through jewelry. I love wearing bold articles of jewelry that stand out, especially bracelets and necklaces. I can’t wear earrings because I use headsets.

MKG: What are some other restrictions in your clothing choices?

Drew: Because the job is so physical there are certain restrictions. I can’t wear skirts or heels. I have to wear jeans or pants with pockets, to hold a walkie and script pages. I need to wear easy shoes that will be comfortable all day long. Crew jackets with our show logo, baseball caps and t-shirts are pretty popular gifts from producers to their crew, so we often wear clothes we have received from other shows and it starts a conversation: “Oh, you did that movie, I loved it, or whatever …” I adore wearing jewelry; it’s a way to express myself within the restrictions. I just finished shooting a four-month show, and the makeup artist, Donna, made each of the women beaded bracelets. She would ask us what our favorites colors to wear were and make us our own special pattern. That’s the way we have fun!

I remember that Drew grew up with a passion for jewelry! She was always expressing herself with bracelets and necklaces, and earrings. And I was always  inspired by my cousin’s confidence. It’s nice to know that no matter where we are in life, some things never change!

Photos courtesy of Drew Ann Rosenberg


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3 thoughts on “Fashion and film behind the camera

  1. This is so cool, Lissa! What a loving interview. I felt it right through the computer screen, the love between you.

    At first, I must admit, I found myself a bit…not angered but frustrated that she is “forced” to wear clothes which dress her down and make her less sexy. BUT then I started thinking about other work place scenarios…and it really is about dressing appropriately for the situation.

    It is very irritating to see a women dressed for work as if she were about to step out to a bar (ala our conversation once about female news anchors).
    I think it is just as important to feel good about what we are wearing as it is to dress appropriately for the situation!

    I love how you finds her voice in jewelery. When it is neither appropriate or sensible to dress up her look more. That alone says, she knows who she is AND how to express herself through her fashion choices!

    • Thank you so much, Kylie, for your thoughtful comments. I am so very proud of my cousin Drew; I am glad that readers can feel it. I think Drew’s opportunity to be a role model for others is tremendous; to be mindful about what you wear and the message you want to send, really matters. I agree with you, too. That Drew finds ways to express herself through clothes, even with restrictions, is just another example that we will always find a way, won’t we?? xx Mel

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