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Deirdra Elizabeth Govan is an accomplished multi-hyphenate costume designer an production designer, with a carefully crafted body of work that spans over 25 years within film & television, fashion & beauty, and the architecture & interior design industries. Her work is an intriguing combination of visual storytelling with a distinctive point of view; a true intersection of substance and style.
As a hybrid talent, she has jumped into many creative ponds. In the fields of strategy, design, and business, she previously worked in corporate branding, identity and strategic marketing communications. For the global beauty powerhouse L’Oreal in Paris and in its New York headquarters.
Deirdraʼs greatest inspirations originate from her time spent traveling, working and living globally in over 25 countries, with her primary residences living between Paris and New York over the course of several years. Her global experiences and out-of-the-box design sensibilities have informed her creative work. Her insights on fashion, history, art, architecture, and design thinking are driven by her curiosity of cultural anthropology, the psychology of clothing and space, the importance of individual style, cultural relevancy, and the power of design activism for social change. One of her most life-changing moments came when she did a fellowship during her graduate studies, and it literally took her to the top or "the rather roof of the world", Tibet, where she studied textile and the Tibetan decorative arts and architecture.
She hasn't stopped there. When not creating narratives through clothing on screen, Deirdra's focus is on designing experiential and social justice environments. Her most recent design work is on display at "The Equal Justice Initiatives" new "The Legacy Museum" From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration. Located in Montgomery, Alabama, this narrative museum uses interactive media, sculpture, videography, compelling visuals, and exhibits to immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the domestic slave trade and the history of racial terrorism in America.
Flexing her talents in interior design, she has also designed a few restaurants and bars. In the lane of design for social good, she is a consulting partner in the social impact design consultancy, Theory of Place Design, which focuses on biophilic, sustainable design and designing housing for youth who are aging out of foster care with the goal to go from homeless to housed.
Deirdraʼs diverse feature film credits most recently include the critically acclaimed
Sundance birthed hit, ”Sorry To Bother You,” which also won the award for "Best First Feature' at the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards. Other accolades include the Netflixʼs 1980's historical hip-hop drama “Roxanne Roxanne”, ”The Sun Is Also A Star", and the hit television series, ”The First Wives Club”. Most recently she was tasked to take on the momentous task of re-imagining the iconic Showtime series reboot, “The L - Word Generation Q”. As of late, she was in production on another series for Amazon/NBC Universal, but like all other shows in the entertainment industry, production was halted due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Her work has been featured in notable publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Variety Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Glamour, Vogue, i-D Magazine, NYLON, Fashionista, The Observer, Refinery 29, Vulture, The Cut, Surface Magazine, and Deadline to name a few, putting her at the forefront as a unique voice in the intersectionality of design, culture, commerce, sustainability, and design as a catalyst for creating positive social change.
Holding a Masterʼs of Science in Interior Architectural & Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Deirdra also studied at the prestigious Parsons School of Design pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in the undergraduate program majoring in Fashion Design and while simultaneously completing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Strategic Design and Management.
Deirdra splits her time between Los Angeles and New York and lives with her fiancé and her fur baby Milo Lee.
Representation: WME | Alice Irvin
Union Affiliation: Costume Designers Guild 892, United Scenic Artist 829, Costume Designer | Production Designer