Leah Butler is a second-generation Californian who has parlayed her love of fashion into a career in film and television costume design. Her sharp insight and fastidious research culminate in astute storytelling through the clothing and styling of a character.
Butler draws from her eclectic experience to create fascinating visuals for some of the most exciting characters in the horror genre. Her long-time association with director Rob Zombie has given her the opportunity to design and style a multitude of music videos, commercials, and feature films with eccentric and creative styles.
Collaborating with director David F. Sandberg on his wildly successful installment of The Conjuring Universe, Annabelle: Creation, Butler made an indelible mark on the 1940’s and 50’s period film. She was delighted to reteam with Sandberg for his first DC film Shazam!, which provided her an opportunity to dive into the exciting and challenging world of superheroes with creativity and flair. Butler returned to The Conjuring Universe with Gary Dauberman’s feature directorial debut, Annabelle Comes Home, and director Michael Chaves’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, marking her third undertaking in one of the most successful horror franchises ever.
She worked with director Stacy Title to bring to life The Bye Bye Man, a ghostly aberration that told a unique story through its costume design. For director Bryan Bertino’s feature Mockingbird, Butler created the look of the central clown character. She also designed the biographical film Saint Judy, based on the true story of immigration attorney Judy Wood, who single-handedly changed the U.S. asylum laws to save countless women’s lives.
Butler’s other credits include Paranormal Activity 3, Paranormal Activity 4, The Forever Purge, Tara Miele’s Wander Darkly, Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem, the Hulu original comedy series All Night from creator Jason Ubaldi, and Bromates, starring Lil Rel Howery.