The power of period piece costume designers

My absolute favorite costume designers and my favorite movies that they've done! If you haven't seen any of the following, watch them!!!

1. Sandy Powell

Interview with a Vampire

The Young Victoria

The Other Boleyn Girl

Shakespeare in Love

Sandy Powell OBE (born 7 April 1960) is a British costume designer who has been nominated ten times for the Academy Award . She won the Oscar in 1999 for the film Shakespeare in Love, in 2005 for The Aviator, and in 2010 for The Young Victoria. She has received nine BAFTA nominations, winning in 1999 for Velvet Goldmine and 2010 for The Young Victoria. She won numerous other awards in costume design for the latter film.

She left Central St Martins School of Art, London[1] before completing her degree, due to offers of work from, amongst others, Derek Jarman. Whilst at Central, the renowned theatre designer Pamela Howard,[citation needed] then first year tutor, told Powell that there was nothing that she could teach her.[citation needed]

She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to the film industry.


2. Milena Canonero

Marie Antoinette


Out Of Africa


A Clockwork Orange

Born in Turin, Italy, Canonero studied art, design history and costume design in Genoa. She then moved to England, where she began working in small theatre and film productions. While designing for commercials in London, she met many film directors.[1]

Her first major film work as a costume designer was in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971). She worked with Kubrick again in Barry Lyndon (1975), for which she won her first Oscar, together with Ulla-Britt Söderlund. Her second win was for Chariots of Fire (1981), directed by Hugh Hudson.

She is married to actor Marshall Bell.

Canonero has also designed the costumes for several stagings directed by Otto Schenk, such as Il trittico (Puccini, Vienna State Opera 1979), As You Like It (Shakespeare, Salzburg Festival 1980), Die Fledermaus (Strauss, Vienna State Opera 1980), Andrea Chénier (Giordano, Vienna State Opera 1981), and Arabella (Strauss, Metropolitan Opera 1983). For director Luc Bondy she created the costumes for new productions of Puccini's Tosca (Metropolitan Opera, 2009), and of Euripides' Helena (Burgtheater, Vienna, 2010).

In 1986, Canonero became the costume designer for the television series Miami Vice.

In 2001, Canonero received the Career Achievement Award in Film from the Costume Designers Guild. She won her third Oscar for Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette (2006).

3. Michael O'Connor

Jane Eyre


The Duchess

O'Connor began his training in theatre, as a dresser at the Old Vic in London. After this, he worked in a costume house for six years before deciding to go freelance.[1]

In 1993, he began work as a wardrobe supervisor on such films as The House of the Spirits and Emma, before becoming an assistant costume designer. In this role, he worked on various films, including Oscar and Lucinda, Quills, Proof of Life and was also associate costume designer on the film version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

After working as costume designer on several minor British films, he came to prominence with his work on Tom Brown's Schooldays, a TV movie for ITV. He then worked on his most high profile film up until then, the film version of Giles Foden's bestselling novel, The Last King of Scotland. He then worked on Brick Lane as well as Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.

He came to the attention of the film industry in 2009, when he received the Academy Award for Best Costume Design,[2] the BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design[3] as well as the Satellite Award for Best Costume Design[4] for The Duchess.

4. Alexandra Byrne

Elizabeth/ Elizabeth the Golden Age


The Phantom of the Opera


Finding Neverland

Alexandra Byrne is a costume designer. She trained on the Motley Theatre Design Course under Margaret Harris before embarking on her career as a costume designer in film.[citation needed]

She has designed the costumes for twelve films in her career, earning Academy Award nominations for four of them—Elizabeth [1], the 2007 sequel Elizabeth: The Golden Age [2], Hamlet [3] and Finding Neverland [4]; and considerable acclaim[which?] for three others—Persuasion,[citation needed] Captain Corelli's Mandolin,[citation needed] and The Phantom of the Opera.[citation needed] She won the Academy Award for Elizabeth: The Golden Age. [5]

She was also nominated for the Tony Award in 1990 for Best Scenic Design for Some Americans Abroad.[6]

She is married to actor Simon Shepherd with four children.