For almost two decades Virginia Johnson has designed an array of stylish costumes for television, documentaries, and feature films.
She adeptly learned the ropes of the costume department by serving as a costume supervisor on such acclaimed productions as The Social Network, Spotlight, Black Mass, and Joy.
Her earliest opportunities as a motion picture costume designer were found in the arena of non-fiction storytelling, wherein she created period costumes for the examinations of various historical figures in the PBS productions, The War That Made America, Nova, and American Experience.
It was through her steadfast work on these and a number of independent films which were shot in and around Boston, Massachusetts that Johnson came to the attention of director Peter Berg when he was searching for a costume designer for his retelling of the events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Patriots Day, starring Mark Wahlberg. This opportunity led to a collaboration with Berg and Wahlberg that would be revisited with Mile 22 (STX Entertainment) and Spenser Confidential (Netflix).
Johnson stepped into the X-Men universe with Josh Boone’s naturalistic superhero film, The New Mutants (20th Century Studios), featuring the up-and-coming talents of Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Anya Taylor-Joy (The VVitch: A New England Folk Tale), and Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things).
Having earned her MFA in Costume Design & Fashion History from West Virginia University in the heart of Appalachia, Johnson was elated when chosen by director Ron Howard to design the costumes for his film adaptation of J. D. Vance’s autobiographical, best-selling novel, Hillbilly Elegy.
When the recent novel coronavirus pandemic paralyzed the motion picture industry, Johnson put her skills to good use by making thousands of masks for healthcare workers, hospitals, and other organizations in the Boston area and nationwide.
She recently designed costumes on The Man from Toronto (starring Woody Harrelson and Kevin Hart) and The Parenting, an upcoming project starring Brian Cox and Edie Falco.