Janessa Jayne Styck is a costume designer who, in her 15 years in the entertainment industry, has worked on over 100 productions of stage and screen. While her passion lies in historical costume design, Styck enjoys working in various aspects of costuming across formats, genres, and styles. A committed storyteller, she uses her affinity for history and anthropology to aid in the portrayal of the scope of human experience.
Styck was born and raised in the small town of Watseka, IL. She attended Illinois Wesleyan University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts and minors in both History and
English. Styck’s original intent was to pursue a path in performance but costume design soon revealed itself to be the ideal intersection of all her interests. Styck spent her college summers interning at Glimmerglass Opera in upstate New York, working under Tony Award-winning designers, and learning from some of the East coast’s best drapers.
After graduation Styck relocated to Seattle and began designing for Pacific Northwest theatres. In 2010 she had her first opportunity to design for film. Styck’s first feature-length film was for Zombie Orpheus Entertainment. “Gamers: Hands of Fate” debuted at the 2013 GenCon in Indianapolis, IN. In 2014 the film returned to Indy GenCon Film Festival to win Best Feature Film.
2015 saw Styck expand into production design. “Chinese Takeout for One” screened at the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival as a 3-Minute Masterpiece Contest Winner. Over the past few years Styck has continued expanding her film career into the commercial industry, working with major brands including ASICS, Microsoft, New Balance, and Amazon.