Star Wars Costume Designer works on The Stolen.

From a sunlit room in her family home in the Christchurch suburb of Mt Pleasant, Tina Hutchison-Thomas puts the finishing touches on a lavish coat for a Les Miserables stage show, soon to tour the country. “I’ve always loved costume,” she says. Surrounded by reels of coloured thread and mannequins, the costume designer discussed one of her biggest projects to date, a local film called The Stolen, which had its New Zealand premiere in Sumner’s Hollywood Cinema on Tuesday.