Stephen broke into costuming for film and television in 1983 as a wardrobe PA on Robert Benton's Places In The Heart. Basically, he washed, dried and ironed clothes 6 days a week for 4 months. There was no glamour, but it set a career course for Stephen.
Over the next several years, Stephen worked up the ranks on several films such as The Trip to Bountiful, Heartburn, Horton Foote's 1918, and several others whose titles haven't been uttered or seen in years. In 1986, Stephen moved to Los Angeles and continued working up the costume ladder on Raising Arizona, For The Boys, Born on The Fourth of July, Necessary Roughness and several television projects. One of those television movies, Pancho Barnes, about the flamboyant and legendary aviatrix, won Stephen his first Emmy award for costuming in 1989.
In May of 1994, now living back in his native Texas, Stephen was approached to costume design a series potentially covering several historical time periods. This seemed to be a costume designer's dream project! Only later did Stephen learn that this series would encompass every historical time period and that its lead actor was a dog. That show was PBS's classic children's series, Wishbone, and it secured Stephen's second and third Emmy award and offered a nomination for a fourth.
Stephen continues to design film projects with a preference for independents filmed in the great state of Texas: Mission Gates, Like Dandelion Dust, The Secrets of Jonathon Sperry, The Final, Midnight Clear, The Gray Man and Bahgdad Texas.
Other feature films include: Secondhand Lions, American Outlaws, Talk Radio, Ray, Midnight Clear, and Serving Sara to name a few.
Stephen has worked with awarding winning directors such as Oliver Stone, Joel Coen, Taylor Hackford, Peter Masterson and Les Mayfield.
Stephen was designer on the first and only season of Fox Television's The Good Guys, as well as for Meet The Browns and Friday Night Lights, and numerous television movies: Saving Jessica Lynch, Muhammed Ali: King of the World, Selma, Lord, Selma to name a few.
Stephen is a member of the Costume Design Guild of America. [BACK]