about The Dark Candy

about The Dark Candy

Valentina De Giorgi & Sakis Lalas Founders The Dark Candy

self portrait by: Sakis Lalas©photo – location: Olympion cinema Thessaloniki International Film Festival  headquarters




The Dark Candy is a production company founded by photographer-director Sakis Lalas and fashion journalist Valentina De Giorgi, a couple in life and work, a couple dressed in black, a couple that travels extensively and spends too many nights watching old and new movies.

They created Meet The Hollywood Costume Designers, a one-of-a-kind docu-series (directed by Sakis Lalas, written by Valentina De Giorgi, produced by The Dark Candy) where legendary Hollywood Costume Designers tell everything about their amazing job: the laughs, the joys, the sweat, the sorrows, the facts and the stories behind every costume.

The episodes of Meet The Hollywood Costume Designers are hosted on www.thedarkcandy.com, Blog dedicated to the amazing world of costume design and to the magic point where fashion and cinema merge.

The Dark Candy’s mission is to introduce the costume designers and their amazing job to the general public, not only online, but also In Real Life. And it does it through events focused on costume design and on fashion & cinema. These events promote costume making and bring together Hollywood costume designers with the fashion industry to exchange ideas, learn from others and celebrate the art.



MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTIONS: documentaries, fashion films, video and photo shoots

EVENTS: we aim to bring connectivity by hostings events focused on costume design and on fashion&cinema

EDUCATIONAL: follow our masterclasses focused on costume design to learn all the secrets of this amazing job.



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Another amazing TheDarkCandy event: We were at the italian Foreign Press Association in Rome where we had a very exclusive conversation with a group of GREAT costume designers: Oscar nomination Deborah Landis (The Blues Brothers), Oscar nomination Carlo Poggioli (The Young Pope), Daniela Ciancio (The Great Beauty) and Eva Coen (La mafia uccide solo d’estate tv series).



A BIG thanks to Sanja Hays the costume designer of Captain Marvel, to Arrigo costume house in Milan and to all the people that attended this The Dark Candy TALK.


We just put another amazing THE DARK CANDY event under our belt! A BIG thanks to Anthea Sylbert the costume designer of Rosemary’s Baby & Chinatown, to Thessaloniki International Film Festival and to all the people that attended this amazing Q&A/screening.

anthea sylbert the dark candy


 We are so flattered to be on: “il Sole 24 Ore”, one of the most influential italian newspapers worldwide. They talk about The Dark Candy, where fashion meets cinema.




STYLE the monthly magazine of Corriere della Sera in Italy talks about our event in Milan, at Arrigo Costume House, with Sanja Hays the costume designer of Captain Marvel  and our docu-series MEET THE HOLLYWOOD COSTUME DESIGNERS.


Style Corriere della sera Sanja Hays TheDarkCandy





Every time we are on the official page of The David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design at UCLA in Los Angeles we feel more and more propelled to go on!




The episode of our docu-series MEET THE HOLLYWOOD COSTUME DESIGNERS with Carlo Poggioli, the costume designer of the Tv show “The Young Pope”, is online also on the Official website of A.S.C. (Italian Association of Costume & Production Designers).
Directed by Sakis Lalas
Written by Valentina De Giorgi




Thank you LIFO magazine for the wonderful article about The Dark Candy “where fashion meets cinema”, and our “Meet the Hollywood Costume Designers” docu-series.




The national daily Greek newspaper KATHIMERINI talks about  The Dark Candy “where fashion meets cinema”, and our “Hollywood Greek Fire” project.





The Dark Candy Masterclasses


The Dark Candy at NOLAB Academy in Milan





Greek Film Academy’s parallel events of the Film Factory include a photography exhibition titled Hollywood Greek Fire by well-known photographer Sakis Lalas, THE DARK CANDY’s Co-Founder. It is about a series of portraits with Greek-origin film professionals that flourish in Hollywood. From Paramount’s CEO Jim Gianopulos and Irene Papas to recently Oscar awarded Composer Alexandre Desplat.




O GLOBO the most important newspaper in Brasil talks about us, The Dark Candy “where fashion meets cinema” and about our “Meet the Hollywood Costume Designers” docu-series.




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