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    ´╗┐Local costume designer makes it big in the movies Lafayette native Claire Breaux, 33, has always had a knack for dressing with flair. Her mother, Flossie Turner, said she knew there was something about Breaux, even as a young child."When Claire went to preschool, I told them, 'I am not responsible for her clothing choices,'" Turner recalled. "Even then she was very opinionated. I haven't bought her an article of clothing since she was 12 or 13."That knack led Breaux to a career as a lead costume designer for major motion pictures. You may have seen Breaux's name lately. She was the nike gift card costume designer for the recently released "When the Game Stands Tall." The big budget movie is about a winning football team and was filmed in New Orleans."It's based on true story set in 2003, so I wanted to match the uniforms as much as possible," Breaux said. "There was a lot of product placement so I worked with Nike, Adidas, Russell, all big athletic companies. I would send them pictures and they would send me what they had available. In some cases, they built them for me."The movie just hit theaters Aug. 22, but it was a yearlong process for Breaux. She had to outfit the starring actors, but also hundreds of young extras who were football players, cheerleaders and fans.Director Thomas Carter called it a "Herculean task.""It was a tough movie to nike qvida do because you had a lot of characters and not a lot of money," Carter said, "with a lot of changes and a lot of football teams. So she had to acquire costumes for all the teams and all the games. It was great working with her because she always has a positive attitude. She really did an amazing job."Breaux didn't start out at the top however. After graduating from Lafayette High School, she studied apparel design in New York at the Lincoln Center and interned there.That work led her to an internship in Los Angeles, working in the costume department on the film "Soul Plane."And, just like in the movies, Breaux said the minute she graduated, she packed up her car with everything that would fit and drove out to Los Angeles. She hoped to get a job once she got there."I ended up hostessing at a couple of restaurants before I got rolling," Breaux recalled. "Eventually, I contacted the production manager on the ("Soul Plane") film I worked on and he helped me get a job. In this business, knowing people is the only way to get in."Her first job as a costume production assistant was anything but glamorous. In fact, Breaux described it as entry level where she did everything from store returns and pickups, to filling lunch orders.She worked her way up to assisting on movies like "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" and "Big Mama's House 2."Today, Breaux can name dozens of A list stars she has outfitted, including Kevin Costner, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Octavia Spencer."Kevin Costner is very professional," she said. "He has so much experience. He knows every facet of the film making business. He knows how to look at a call sheet, a list of scenes. He is a true pro and he taught me a lot. It was amazing working with him."Breaux said she still gets a bit nervous when she meets a big celebrity for the first time, but that eventually fades when the work starts.Breaux said usually she and the director will work out a plan for a movie that includes coming up with a certain color palette.Sixteen hour days are normal once the work on a film gets started. Then there are the unforeseen events, when actors and other major players get involved."Sometimes they come in and their plan is completely different from our plan," Breaux said. "The week leading up to shooting is crazy."If you are wondering what costume design entails, it is a lot of scoping out pieces but not necessarily sewing, or what they call "building" a piece. Breaux said the fit of the clothes is huge and everything is tailored. Has she ever had a star refuse to wear a costume?"Absolutely" she said."I've had some say, 'I don't want to wear this. It doesn't look good on me.' Sometimes on the same day they are supposed to wear it. And then I say, 'Well, you need to talk to the director because he is one that makes the decision on what to wear.'"No matter how far her career takes her, Breaux still remains close to her Louisiana and Lafayette roots. Many people in Acadiana might know Breaux's father, former Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission director Gerald Breaux."She has a sense of adventure," Gerald Breaux said about his daughter. "I don't know if it came from my side of family or nike w flex running shoes not, but she is willing to go out and do things some people shy away from. I'm not surprised she has done so well. Proud, but not surprised."Gerald Breaux was one of many Louisiana tourism professionals who lobbied to get legislation for tax credits that would lure the film industry. At the time, state leaders saw it as a way to attract more business.And, so far, it has worked.Breaux said it is one of the reasons she and her husband, Todd Lewis, have been able to move back to Louisiana and still work on major motion pictures full time. Beaux's husband is the production manager she met while working on "Soul Plane." He just completed work on the blockbuster movie "The Fantastic Four," which was filmed in Baton Rouge another example of how big the film business has become statewide.