LESLEY BURKES-HARDING is the costume designer

Lesley Burkes-Harding is an award-winning period costume specialist who, alongside designing and constructing costumes for films and television drama of many different periods, including contemporary, is also a costume history tutor at Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School.

She won New Zealand Film Awards best costume design for her work on Her Majesty, a coming of age drama set in 1953, and was a finalist for Qantas Film & TV Awards best costume design for Out of the Blue, directed by Robert Sarkies. She designed costumes for The Locals and Jubilee and her most recent feature film is Jason Stutter’s upcoming Predicament, set in the 1930s.

She has designed costumes for many US television features and series filmed in New Zealand, including Ike – Countdown to D-Day, Lucille Ball Life Story and Murder in Greenwich. Also Kidnapped – a three-part series of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic for the BBC. She was a finalist in the 2009 Qantas Film & TV awards for her work on Until Proven Innocent, a New Zealand television drama. 

She was the New Zealand assistant costume designer for James Cameron’s epic Avatar and worked as a construction specialist for Weta SPFX on The Lord of the Rings. She also has an extensive career in costume design for theatre.


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