Juno Calypso nominated the costume designer and stylist Ruka Johnson:
There is only one Ruka Johnson. We were both born and raised in London but our paths didn’t connect until 2011 when I was a student and she was about to open her own lingerie shop in Carnaby Street, aged 25. She let me have my own exhibition in the shop. For the opening Ruka made a giant gold clamshell and filled it with pink alcohol. She is the only person I know who can say, “is there anything these hands can’t do?” without sounding conceited.
Since then Ruka has made a name for herself as one of the best costume designers in the UK film industry. Her ruthless switch from lingerie designer to costume designer inspired me to be more zealous with my own career. She sets goals for herself and achieves them in record time. It’s like watching Simone Biles and Paris is Burning at the same time.
Costume Design and Styling work by Ruka Johnson:
L-R: (Collaboration with Juno Calypso, Cherry on Fire costume illustrations, still from short film Balcony)