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Jessica Carpenter is an American costumer and costume designer for film and television productions. She was a costumer on 2009's Star Trek. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Apparel Design in 1999 and also holds an Associate of Arts degree in Film & TV Costume Design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in California. [1]

Upon graduation from the Rhode Island School, Carpenter was hired as an assistant designer of women's sweaters at Kellwood Company, where she worked for nine months. She then worked at Gap as a freelance men's and boy's outerwear designer for two months before becoming associate designer of men's sweaters and athletics at Tommy Hilfiger for three years. She then signed on as a designer for Victoria Secret for two months, after which she began working in motion pictures and television.

Carpenter has been working in the film industry since 2004. She was a costume designer trainee on the 2005 romantic comedy Must Love Dogs, which featured Christopher Plummer and Brad William Henke in the cast. She then designed custom-made costumes for the 2005 comedy Monster-in-Law before working as a costume production assistant on the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels, Dead Man's Chest (2006) and At World's End (2007), both featuring Lee Arenberg.

Also in 2005, Carpenter co-designed the costumes for the Hallmark made-for-TV movie Mystery Woman: Wild West Mystery. She then co-designed the costumes for the next entry in the Mystery Woman series, Oh Baby. Both of these productions starred Star Trek: Deep Space Nine guest actor Clarence Williams III.

In addition to Star Trek, Carpenter's film credits as a costumer include The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007). She was also a day playing (a non-contracted, day-to-day working) costumer on such films as Paramount Pictures' The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008, featuring Spencer Daniels) and The Soloist (2009, featuring Stephen Root).

Carpenter has been a costumer on several television series, as well. She worked on the third and fourth seasons of the popular drama The O.C. as well as the second season of NBC's Heroes, which, like Star Trek, starred Zachary Quinto in addition to featuring actors such as Dominic Keating, Nichelle Nichols, and George Takei. Carpenter is currently a costumer on NBC's action/comedy series Chuck, which is being produced by Star Trek: Voyager regular Robert Duncan McNeill.

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