Some Anne of Green Gables fans probably won’t recognize the name Martha Mann, but I guarantee they all know and love her work. 

Martha Mann, costume designer Martha Mann was the costume designer on three Anne of Green Gables films as well as a number of other Sullivan Entertainment productions. Martha began collaborating with Kevin Sullivan, Director of Anne of Green Gables, from the very beginning of his career. In fact, she was the costume designer on Kevin’s first short film The Fir Tree as well as his first full length film The Wild Pony in 1983. When Kevin decided to take on Anne of Green Gables, Martha was certainly up for the challenge of bringing the iconic red-headed orphan to the screen.

Martha Mann’s hard work on Anne of Green Gables certainly paid off.  Her costume designs both recreated the period and helped convey each characters personality perfectly. Martha’s costumes are now as iconic as Anne herself. It’s impossible to think of Anne without envisioning her in one of Martha’s costumes; the Wincey Dress  that she was wearing when she first arrived at Green Gables, or the Puffed-Sleeve Dress dress that Matthew bought for her are perfect examples.

Martha returned to lend her talents to Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel as well as Sullivan Entertainment movies Looking For Miracles and Lantern Hill. She also set the tone for the beautiful costumes of Road to Avonlea, where she was costume designer for much of the first season.

In 2008 Martha reunited with Kevin Sullivan on set of Anne of Green Gables ~A New Beginning. Martha’s knowledge of the costumes from the original Anne of Green Gables was invaluable when they needed to be recreated for Sullivan’s tale about Anne Shirley’s life before coming to Green Gables. In this behind the scenes video, Martha discusses the challenges she faced creating the costumes for Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning:

If you are interested in costume design, check out the vintage fashion section at shopatsullivan.com.

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Three time Emmy-award and Peabody-award winning Sullivan Entertainment is an international media production and distribution company. With a vast inventory of programming from all genres, including mini and long-form series, feature films, and children’s and comedy specials, the company has become renowned for providing audiences around the world primarily with lavish period escapism, for over 30 years.

4 Comments

  • Yi Ning Chang says:

    I loved the costumes in the movies 🙂 while I never did love the idea of puffed sleeves too much myself, but it was part of what brought Anne, Avonlea and the whole magic to the screen, along with her short wincey dress and elegant, grown up blouses and skirts. I only learned about Martha Mann today, but I love her work!

  • Catherine Cole says:

    I enjoyed watching this film clip. It’s really nice to listen to the costume designer speak of each actor, and to see who made all those wonderful costumes.

  • Katrina @ Edelweiss Patterns says:

    Oh yes! I love her costumes, and I recreated one of them here ( http://www.edelweisspatterns.com/blog/?p=1825) which was featured on Sullivan Entertainment earlier this year. Martha’s designs are the best!

  • Liz says:

    Loved the clothes from the ancient times! Which she could make one for me….

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