Hollywood wardrobe supervisor Joyce Kogut comes to Stephens for Citizen Jane lecture

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 | 5:47 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Joyce Kogut's name might not be immediately recognizable, but she is one of the people working hard behind the scenes for A-list movies such as "Up in the Air" and "Jerry Maguire."

As a part of the Citizen Jane Lecture Series, Kogut, a costume supervisor in Hollywood, will present a free lecture Wednesday evening at Stephens College.

If you go

WHAT: Costume supervisor Joyce Kogut speaks as part of the Citizen Jane Lecture Series at Stephens College

WHEN: 6 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Charters Auditorium, Stephens College, 1405 E. Broadway



The Citizen Jane Lecture Series spotlights women who play a crucial role in filmmaking, including Kogut's role of costume supervisor. Her career touches on two popular majors at Stephens, filmmaking and fashion, and is an example of one of the many unsung opportunities in filmmaking.

"Students are going into the real world of film — not all are going to be directors," said Kerri Yost, co-founder of the Citizen Jane Lecture Series.

Kogut’s far-ranging duties as costume supervisor include assisting costume designers, acting as a liaison with film departments and managing day-by-day wardrobe changes that come up within production.

"She confirms the excitement and energy of the film industry," Yost said.

Kogut, who has a bachelor's degree in theater design from Southern Illinois University, has worked in films since 1989. She has a home in Hermann and is a native of St. Louis.

After working in St. Louis on the 1990 film "White Palace," Kogut decided she wanted to pursue a career in the film industry.

Kogut has since worked on high-profile films such as "The Break-Up," "Horrible Bosses," "Traffic" and, most recently, "The Change-Up."

Kogut said Tuesday she plans to talk about her position and others in the costume department. "This will open up different viewpoints to students," she said.

Kogut also wants to reach out to those interested in producing or directing films and shed light on the various responsibilities of different departments.

"The best directors and producers are those who know what their crews do," Kogut said.

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