About Tracy Tynan
Tracy Tynan was born in London. From an early age she was obsessed with clothing, driving her flamboyantly-dressing parents crazy by insisting on creating her own personal style. During her teens she started making her outfits herself. Never imagining that clothes could be a career, she majored in social anthropology at Sussex University, then moved on to study movie-making with her aunt, filmmaker Shirley Clarke, at UCLA, where she made a documentary on the ceramicist Beatrice Wood. Following UCLA, she worked for fashion designer Harriet Selwyn. Based on some photographs she saw of The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and their fabulous outfits, she decided to make a documentary about their 1978 tryouts, called A Great Bunch of Girls. After working as a still photographer and an assistant editor, she finally found her true métier and started designing costumes for films.
Her credits include Stranger’s Kiss, Choose Me, Trouble in Mind, Mi Familia, That’s Life, Blind Date, The Chamber, and Eulogy. She has had the pleasure of working with such diverse directors as Blake Edwards and Alan Rudolph. She has also enjoyed collaborating with her husband of over 30 years, Jim McBride, on The Big Easy, Great Balls of Fire and The Wrong Man, among other films. She is fortunate to have worked with legends like Jack Lemmon, Gene Hackman and Julie Andrews and with up-and-comers like Paul Rudd, Kate Beckinsale and Zooey Deschanel. She has also designed costumes for movies-of-the-week, like Tuesdays with Morrie and numerous pilots.
She is passionate about film history and art, both of which have greatly influenced her work. She has collaborated on artworks that have had shows in galleries in Los Angeles, New York, Glasgow and London. During the past couple of years, Tracy has produced and designed the clothes for a play based on her father’s diaries, called Tynan, which was performed in Stratford-on-Avon and London.
After years spent involved in film and fashion, loving her job but bemoaning the huge quantities of excess clothing that end up in landfills, she decided, with fellow costumer Sharman Forman Hyde, to start a line of upcycled clothing called Linen Lab. The aim of Linen Lab is to diminish this cycle of waste by reclaiming and reworking fashion for eco-conscious clothing addicts. Currently, she is working on a memoir about her life and her relationship with clothing called “Wear &Tear, The Threads of my Life.”