Kurt and Bart

Kurt and Bart

Also Known as :
  1. Bart Mueller
  2. Kurt Swanson

Biography

The design team of Kurt and Bart is a creative collaboration born out of a chance meeting at the University of Colorado in 1983. Formally educated in the notorious NYC club scene of the 1980’s, their sartorial obsession and shared sensibility has traversed the worlds of fashion, music, theatre and film. In 2014 Kurt and Bart received the Costume Designer’s Guild Award nomination for Excellence in Period Film for their work on the Oscar winning drama DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, starring Mathew McConaughey and Jared Leto. STOKER starring Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska was an opportunity to work with internationally acclaimed auteur director Park Chan-wook. Their costume design work was nominated for the 2014 London Film Critics Circle for Technical Achievement . Their previous work in film is as varied as the gritty noir OUT OF THE FURNACE starring Christian Bale and directed by Scott Cooper for Relativity, to the dance musical STEP UP 3D directed by Jon M. Chu for Paramount. Kurt and Bart’s filmography includes Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY with Zach Galifianakis and Emma Roberts, Todd Solandz DARK HORSE with Mia Farrow and Selma Blair, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Freidman’s HOWL with James Franco and John Hamm, Dito Montiel’s FIGHTING with Channing Tatum, Daniel Barnz PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND with Elle Fanning, and John Cameron Mitchell’s notorious SHORTBUS. Their early career included designing their own clothing line called Design Asylum and creating costumes for commercials and music videos. They stood out as styling team with an approach as much about pulling fashion looks as it was about designing and building custom pieces to realize a visual image. As stylists, Kurt and Bart have worked with some of the world’s strongest and most prolific image makers, among them, Steven Klein, Herb Ritts, Patrick Demarchelier, Matthew Rolston, Francis Lawrence, Dean Karr, Mark Seliger, and Mary Ellen Mark. They have created lasting images with such music icons as David Bowie, Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson, Courtney Love, Pink, and Britney Spears. Kurt and Bart most recently designed the costumes for Mockingjay Pt 1 and 2 of the Hunger Games franchise. Mockingjay Pt. 1 will be released Nov 21, 2014