“I Get To Lose Myself In My Work:” A TDQ Q&A With Costume Designer Marina Toybina

Marina Toybina

Marina Toybina’s latest Emmy award was for a costume that appeared in the 55th annual Grammy Awards. All she needs now is Tony award for a costume used in a musical based on the Oscar awards and she will have an E.G.O.T.!

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with Emmy Award-winning costume designer Marina Toybina. Marina spoke with us about her Russian roots, her designer inspirations and what it’s like dressing Hollywood’s biggest names. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A With Marina Toybina:

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be a costume designer?

Marina Toybina: I’ve been designing for quite some time now and have had the pleasure and the opportunity to experience all sides of design. Costume design feels to be the most appropriate world for me, at least for right now. I get to lose myself in my work; where I can truly express my creativity and imagination to its full potential.

TDQ: Who was your favorite designer growing up? 

MT: Alexander McQueen and Eiko Ishioka.

TDQ: You have worked with such stars as Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Carrie Underwood, Avril Lavigne and Justin Bieber, just to name a few… Who has been the most fun to work with? 

MT: All of these great artists have been a dream to work with. Each experience differs from the other and I’ve been very fortunate to say the least, to be able to design in such diverse measures.

TDQ: What is the best advice you have ever gotten?

MT: To quit on my dreams and find something else that will offer me stability and “normalcy”….this particular advice made me risk it all and do the complete opposite. I’m beyond grateful that words of negativity had a different outcome for me.

TDQ: What is the worst advice you have ever gotten?

MT: To follow what’s popular and please everyone, even if it erases who you are and what you believe in…then you will succeed. Clearly, I never followed this one.

Marina Toybina: Concept to Reality

TDQ: What project are you working on now?  

MT: I’m currently the costume designer for the third season of The X Factor US.

TDQ: You were born in Russia but came to the US when you were a child. How much of your current work is influenced by your Russian roots? 

MT: My Russian roots are always going to be a part of me, it’s who I am. Anything I do, whether it be professionally or personally, will be influenced by my past, present and future.

TDQ: You’ve won two Emmy Awards for Costume Design now. How long until they just name the award after you? 

MT: Hopefully soon enough… “wishful thinking”

TDQ: Quick: Bob Mackie or Melina Root? 

MT: With great respect for both, I would have to say Bob Mackie

TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years? 

MT: Happy, relaxed, content and hopefully still doing what I love most, creative art and influencing as many designers/artists as possible!

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