It is a great honor for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase, it only saddens me that my husband, Tony Blanco, cannot be with me to share this moment, as he would be as honored and proud as I am.
I congratulate you on the beautiful initiative to support and celebrate the dedication, passion and integrity of women in film everywhere, and I thank TheWIFTS Board for considering me worthy of this precious award. I am very sorry to be unable to receive it in person. Thank you!
THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL
FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE
DECEMBER 10TH 2017
Passion & Integrity
Commerce & Creativity
Equality Not Hierarchy
Mayes C. Rubeo - Mexico
The Sylvie Nissen Costume Design Award
Mayes C. Rubeo
Mayes C. Rubeo is the recipient of TheWIFTS Sylvie Nissen Costume Design Award 2017. Mayes is recognized for her work on The Great Wall and her repertoire of extraordinary costumes from Apocalypto to Avatar. The detail, originality, and authenticity is remarkable. What is exceptional is that unlike period films the costumes created by Mayes C. Rubeo are for an imaginary world in films such Apocalypto (2006), Avatar (2009), Thor: Ragnarok(2017). Each costume is steeped in the creativity of her imagination, and makes her work unique.
Mayes C. Rubeo, Costume Designer, is known for her work on Apocalypto (2006), Avatar (2009), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Warcraft: The Beginning (2016), World War Z 2013) and John Carter (2012). She was born in Mexico City and went on to train in Fashion and Costume at the Los Angeles Trade-Tech College (LATTC) and UCLA.
In a design career spanning two decades she has collaborated with visionary directors such as Mel Gibson and Zhang Yimou, leading studios such as Legendary and Marvel and screen stars including Cate Blanchett, Ruth Negga, Brad Pitt and Andy Lau. Her characteristic passion and collaborative spirit have enabled her to successfully lead diverse teams across five continents, merging traditional craft skills with state-of-the-art technology.
Her early collaborations laid the foundations for a career that has demanded enormous versatility: Mayes began work as an Assistant Costume Designer and Costume Supervisor, gaining experience with Designers Shay Cunliffe, Erica Edell Phillips, Ellen Mirojnick and Enrico Sabbatini, the latter becoming her career mentor.
After assisting Shay Cunliffe on Lone Star (1996), Mayes continued to work with the same independent Director-Producer team John Sayles and Maggie Renzi, designing costumes for three of their films: Angeli Armati/Men with Guns (1997), Sunshine State (2002), and Casa de los Babys (2003). Though budgets were lean, costumes and characters had to feel convincing. These cherished collaborations strengthened Mayes’ resourcefulness. For Hallmark’s movie saga Fidel (2002), Mayes met the challenge of costuming characters from many walks of life and times, to tell a history spanning seven decades.
It was Mayes’ collaboration with Mel Gibson on Apocalypto (2006), which delivered a powerful image of the lost Mayan civilization, that set her on the path of creating costumes for the epic and otherworldly. Since then she has been known for creating the visual identities of the “Na’vi” people in James Cameron’s Avatar (2009), Edgar Rice Burroughs’s 100-year-old vision of civilized Mars in Andrew Stanton’s John Carter (2012), and for transforming some of the world’s most popular videogame and comic book worlds into reality on-screen for Duncan Jones’ Warcraft (2016) and Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok (2017). Marc Forster’s World War Z (2013), for which thousands of people (living and un-dead) were costumed, instead demanded contemporary realism, though still on a global and epic scale.
Mayes’ work has featured in international exhibitions, including the Deborah Nadoolman Landis curated exhibition Hollywood Costume (2012) at the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in London.
Mayes continues to bring her costumes into new territories, turning technological and technical challenges into creative opportunities. She is a member of The Costume Designers Guild of America, The Scenic Arts Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.