Leo Award Winner and Leo Award Nominated Candace Cruikshank is one of British Columbia’s most creative, highly skilled and innovative Costume Designers. Her creative vision in the film and television industry spans over 25 years. Enjoying success across a wide variety of genres; from post-apocalyptic action stories to contemporary cowboy comedies, skateboarding and award winning teenaged dramas to real life biographies, Sci-fi melodramas, horror productions and #1 family/romance franchises, Candace has been able to elevate the overall production’s look through her creative vision every time. Each experience has contributed to Candace’s keen depth of understanding in her craft. She values the trust that cast, show-runners and networks have imparted in her and thrives in a collaborative, creative, positive atmosphere. Exceeding her department’s expectations ;.are Candace’s driving forces when taking on a show. She is accountable, fiscally responsible and transparent in all her dealings.
Ms. Cruikshank’s ability to always deliver stems from her strong local knowledge and resources, her ability to communicate effectively, team lead and collaborate well with all departments, directors and producers.
During Candace’s adolescence her family ran the movie theatre in the small town in which they resided. She learned how to run the projectors and after seeing the Costume Designer credit for the first time, the seed was planted. Candace pursued a fashion merchandising education in Toronto at the International Academy of Merchandising and Design, graduated with highest honors and through a fortunate turn of events landed her first gig as the Truck Costumer on the series MADISON in Vancouver in 1994. In 1997, after working her way up through the costume department roles and more fortunate events, Candace was offered the Costume Design position on MADISON and her career was born.
When not working, Candace lives in the gorgeous Okanagan town of Keremeos where she loves hiking, gardening and lakeside activities with her three dogs and two cats. When working, Candace shares a townhouse with her two adult children in Burnaby, B.C, where she enjoys urban culture, big screen movies, shopping, concerts and plays.