constantly amazed when we think of the level of talent that was
employed on The Kids from C.A.P.E.R., all the way from
the on-screen talent to the wonderful people behind the music to
the crew that worked on the set and made the show come
alive. There's little doubt that one of the most memorable
things about the series was the Kids' costumes. Unique and
characteristic yet surprisingly stylish, we were curious about
how these costumes came to be. And we were very fortunate
to be able to locate costume designer Joseph Roveto and ask him
about his work on C.A.P.E.R. He was very willing to
share his memories of working on the show with us, which we will
in turn share with you now:
was a film major at UCLA. However, I can't remember having
one costume design class. I graduated in 1971.
Through someone I knew (how original!) at NBC I got an interview
with the head of the costume department, who tried to convince
me that I was over educated for such work. I convinced her
otherwise and got called the next day to work on a sitcom
starring Dom DeLouise. One job led to another immediately and I
found myself working constantly at all the television studios:
Sonny and Cher, Carol Burnett, other sitcoms, etc. It was a
great entry into the world of costume design.
"Someone recommended me to the producers of The Kids from Caper,
a very low budget show. With such a lack of formal design
education, and having little design experience I'm not sure how
I got the job; but it was a classic case of thinking outside of
the box, as I didn't know what the box was. Also, the show was
so vaguely described to me, that I really let my imagination and
creativity explode. I do remember that the producers thought I
walked on water. They liked my ideas, my taste, and my energy.
It doesn't mean I was given carte blanche. One thing about
contemporary costume design: everyone has an opinion. Not only
the directors and producers, but also the actors, their
assistants, secretaries, etc. It can be a nightmare.
"I had the costumes made at a well respected workroom in
Hollywood. I would bring my general ideas and collaborate with
the owner, Betty St.Clair, and somehow good ideas became better
ones, and eventually interesting costumes.
"I just came across some photos of my work and, yes, I'm quite
proud of my costumes. They were well thought out, fun, ironic,
and attractive to the actors and to an audience. Actors always
want to look good no matter what the part. The fact that it was
my first attempt at costume design, and that the producers
assumed I knew exactly what I was doing, I do remember a lot to
stress. I also recall just how exhilarating the whole job was
because of the nature of the show, in that it was fantasy, and
really silly. I loved that.
"After 25 years in the
business, having worked with everyone from
Steven Spielberg to Tom Cruise to Clint Eastwood I walked away
and moved to Northern California. I started a design business
first doing client's personal wardrobes (just as I did for many
celebrities including Jamie Lee Curtis and Catherine
Zeta-Jones). I then moved into interior design, that for me is
the same skill set.
"While I've done some beautiful work on homes, I still am more
passionate about clothes. My clients are now all over the world.
In fact I just finished doing the interior design of a house in
Umbria, Italy. I have clients in NY, L.A. and even Korea."
really appreciate the time Joseph took out of his busy schedule
to share his memories with us. To learn more about this
versatile designer and see some of his wonderful work, be sure
to visit his website:
Roveto Design Website