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 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: