"There's no right or wrong in art, there's only something called experiences," mused Dawn Ritz. The tenacious costume designer, scheduled to appear as a guest panelist at the 2014 Phoenix COMICON, has seized Tinsel town opportunities rather than let them come to her.
Ritz' grasp of Hollywood high opera has caught the attention of artists as varied as Jamie Presley and Marilyn Manson; barely 30, Ritz has conceived epic world tours for bands Slipknot and the aforementioned Manson, costume designed country legend Glen Campbell and his family for their 2012 Grammy performance - and even the indie-film world is now enlisting her talents.
"I loved working with Dawn," says actress Linda Cardellini who recently worked with Ritz on the upcoming film Lost in Austin. "Her love of music, art, film and fashion influence really made these characters come to life. She is incredibly talented and fearless."
Even her bio has a bit of swagger. Born on a mountaintop by the sea in Puerto Rico, Ritz was raised outside Corpus Christy, Texas. At 18 she skedaddled from the Lone Star State for Hollywood, went to hair and make-up school, assisted stylists, put herself through design school, and was up and running ... or, driving, a lot of driving. After all, it's LA.
"Being a stylist and a costume designer, 90% of my job is in the car driving somewhere, to pick up clothes to go to a fitting," Ritz said.
Whether it's a pageant -dress modeled after her beloved Texas' state flag for young actress Ursula Parker or outfitting Marilyn Manson in draconian para-military garb for his Twins of Evil tour, Ritz can often be preparation for her next custom wardrobe build, perusing endless bolts of different colored fabric in LA's downtown garment district.
"I want to be able to pull a rabbit out of a hat and wow people and create something that lasts in one's mind. And, that to me, is the icing on the cake."
Ritz will be on a few panels at this year's Phoenix COMICON. She will be giving out signed illustrations of some of her work alongside a surprise celebrity guest.
•The Magic of Costume Design & Styling with Dawn Ritz : Friday 6:00pm - 7:00pm
•Celebrity Dressing w/ Dawn Ritz and a Special Surprise Celebrity : Saturday 12:00pm - 1:00pm
•Selling your soul to the Devil (HOLLYWOOD) - Dawn Ritz w/ guest Producer Danny Costanzo : Sunday 12:00pm - 1:00pm
For more information see Dawn Ritz Costume Designer & Stylist.