Barbara Drake has lived in the UK, the USA, Kenya, Indonesia, Hong Kong and New Zealand and has traveled extensively worldwide for both work and personal reasons.

Barbara speaks French, is conversant in Spanish, and has some rusty Swahili.

She has worked extensively in advertising photography and fashion photography, commercials, motion pictures and TV. She is also an interior and landscape designer and her work has been featured in several design magazines and also on TV.

A list of associated projects follows.




The Pretender - a political satire filmed in Auckland and Wellington.


The Cartel, Los Angeles - director, Paul Dektor. Product: Huggies. Filmed in Auckland
Great Southern Televison - director, Michael Duignan. Product: Mainland Butter Webisodes with Simon Gault
The Sweet Shop - director, Melanie Bridge. Product: Egyptian Tourist Board. Filmed on location in Egypt


Story Inc - director, Steve La Hood. Video installation for New Zealand Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo, Shanghai, China


Flying Fish - director, Greg Page. TV pilot for Wenderhome



Irene in Time – director, Henry Jaglom. Filmed on location in Los Angeles
Good Sharma (to be released) – director, Suri Krishnamma. Filmed on location in New York and India


Dektor Film, Los Angeles – director, Leslie Dektor, Commercial Director of the Year 1993 and 2001. Commercials include: Levi’s, IBM, American Express, American Airways, Bank of America, Sony, Seven-Up, Doctor Pepper, Southern California Edison, Saturn, Mitsubishi, Dean Whitter, Minute Maid, Hampton Inns, Snackwells, General Motors, AT&T, USPS, TCI, Aetna, Bounty, as well as numerous dot coms etc
Dektor Film, Los Angeles – director, Paul Dektor. Commercials include: Disney, Agillion,, Babe Ruth, Aetna, Wachovia, Publix, State Farm
Flying Fish Productions - director, Betty Crocker. Commercials include: Hampton Inn, Minute Maid and Jones Sausage
Gartner Film – director, Ray Dillman. AT&T & PSA
Morton Jankel Zander – director, Annabel Jenkins. South Western Bell
Mirella Films – director, Michael Cerny. Chevrolet
Green Dot – director, Brent Thomas. Campbells




Home for the Holidays – director, Jody Foster. This film was considered for an Oscar nomination for Art Direction & Decoration 1996
Diggstown – director, Michael Ritchie


Dektor Film, Los Angeles – director, Leslie Dektor. Hewlett Packard commercial filmed in China, Egypt, France, Czech Republic, San Francisco and New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles
Pytka Film – director, Joe Pytka. Pepsi



American Friends – director, Tristram Powell
Shadow of China – director, Mitsuo Yanagamichi
High Spirits – director, Neil Jordan




Hero - a cinema short with Ray Winston
Tower of Babel - a cinema short filmed in London


Set Decorator/Art Director for commercial directors in London, including Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, David Bailey, Hugh Hudson, Steve Barron, Graham Rose, Roger Woodburn, Barry Myers, Michael Berkofksy, Paul Weiland, Robert Bierman, John Lloyd, Kevin Billington, James Dearden, Jack Gold, Gerry Poulson and Robert Young



Full Metal Jacket – director, Stanley Kubrik [buyer in Thailand]


Barbara Drake is an accomplished fashion and advertising stylist for London-based photographers, including Barry Lategan, Clive Arrowsmith, David Bailey, Derek Coutts, Terry Donovan, David Montgomery, Lester Bookbinder, Brian Duffy, David Thorpe, Bruce Brown and Julian Cottrell.


2009 - Auckland unit remodelled in 2008, features in NZ House and Garden [November 2009]
2006 - decorated apartment in Montpellier, France
2005 - remodelled and decorated two apartments in Auckland, New Zealand
2004 - remodelled apartment in Auckland, New Zealand. Subsequently featured in Your Home and Garden, design magazine
2004 - interior design of hip jewelry store on Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles
2003 - garden featured in Secret Gardens of Hollywood and Private Oases in Los Angeles. This desert, Mediterranean-style garden has courtyard and water features
Summer 2002 - landscape and interior design of music executive’s home in Hollywood
August 2002 - house and garden featured in House Beautiful magazine. The house is an extensively remodelled 1920s Spanish-style building
November 2001 - designed table installation for Guess Jeans for Design Industry Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA) event in Los Angeles
September 2001 - Barbara's own house and garden featured on Adventurous Living Design Show for House and Garden TV August 2000 - house featured on the A&E Channel’s House Beautiful TV show
April 2000 - guest Lecturer on “Relationship between Film Design and Interior Design” at the D&D Building, New York October 1999 - house and garden featured in Garden Design magazine
August 1999 - house and garden featured in The Los Angeles Times Magazine
1998 - conceptualized design for group of themed restaurants, with presentation, for Entertainment Design Corporation, Santa Monica, California