Known for creating couture that transports you into other worlds, veteran designer Christopher Hargadon designs pieces that feel timeless yet still revolutionary. Hargadon recently received an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes category for his work on Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, based on Gerard Way’s graphic novels of the same name, starring Elliott Page, Tom Hopper and Colm Feore. He was previously Emmy-nominated in the Outstanding Costumes For A Miniseries category for his work on ABC/Disney’s 2006 television movie Once Upon A Mattress, directed by Kathleen Marshall and starring Carol Burnett and Tracey Ullman.
Hargadon’s past credits include Muse Entertainment’s mini-series The Kennedys, starring Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes, for which he received a CDG Award-nomination for Best Costumes; 20th Television’s Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning series The X-Files, starring Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny; Netflix’s Emmy-nominated series Hemlock Grove, starring Bill Skarsgård; Jon Casar’s Forsaken, starring Kiefer and Donald Sutherland, for which he received a Canadian Screen Award-nomination; NBC’s psychological horror-thriller series Hannibal, starring Mads Mikkelson and Hugh Dancy; Andrew Niccol’s Anon, starring Amanda Seyfried and Clive Owen; Zach Helm’s Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, starring Dustin Hoffman; Uli Edel’s Pay the Ghost, starring Nicholas Cage; and more.
Before working in film and television, Hargadon developed ready-to-wear fashion. Using graphics and prints which he then silkscreened onto fabrics, Hargadon created, designed, and manufactured high-end resort wear clothing which sold in more than 50 boutiques across the country.
Born in Canada, Hargadon studied both French and German with a minor in Art History. While working as a translator and a tour guide at a Caribbean Resort, Hargadon met French fashion designer Catherine Salvet, who, after taking notice of the way he painted on fabric, suggested he follow her to France as an apprentice in her couture fashion house.
After many years of developing his own lines, and as his day-to-day became less creative and more about business, Hargadon needed a change. A friend suggested either wardrobe or set design. Costume design seemed like the perfect fit with his background, and the rest is history.