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Born: April 7, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: costume designer

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Sandy Powell received her training at London's Central School of Design and began her career creating costumes for fringe theater productions and for The Cholmondeleys, a London dance company. She earned critical praise with her first screen designs for Derek Jarman's "Caravaggio" (1986), which were based on that 16th Century artist's paintings. Powell forged a close working relationship with Jarman that encompassed "The Last of England" (1987). "Edward II" (1991) and "Wittgenstein" (1993). The designer's work has been divided between meticulously recreating period clothing to creating contemporary fashions. Powell earned an Academy Award nomination for the costumes for "Orlando" (1993) which included Elizabethan, Victorian and modern designs. She tread similar ground with "Being Human" (1994), an anthology film set in five different time periods (from the Bronze age to modern day). Since the early 1990s, Powell has been the designer of choice for director Neil Jordan, providing the contemporary fashion for "The Crying Game" (1992), the lavish 18th Century clothing in "Interview With the Vampire" (1993) and the stylings of Ireland in the 20s for "Michael Collins" (1996). In 1997, Powell earned a...

Sandy Powell received her training at London's Central School of Design and began her career creating costumes for fringe theater productions and for The Cholmondeleys, a London dance company. She earned critical praise with her first screen designs for Derek Jarman's "Caravaggio" (1986), which were based on that 16th Century artist's paintings. Powell forged a close working relationship with Jarman that encompassed "The Last of England" (1987). "Edward II" (1991) and "Wittgenstein" (1993). The designer's work has been divided between meticulously recreating period clothing to creating contemporary fashions. Powell earned an Academy Award nomination for the costumes for "Orlando" (1993) which included Elizabethan, Victorian and modern designs. She tread similar ground with "Being Human" (1994), an anthology film set in five different time periods (from the Bronze age to modern day). Since the early 1990s, Powell has been the designer of choice for director Neil Jordan, providing the contemporary fashion for "The Crying Game" (1992), the lavish 18th Century clothing in "Interview With the Vampire" (1993) and the stylings of Ireland in the 20s for "Michael Collins" (1996).

In 1997, Powell earned a second Oscar nod for her Edwardian designs, full of deep blues and greens, for "The Wings of the Dove". 1998 proved her breakout year, though. Powell created the fantastic clothing that captured the glitz of the glam rock era in "Velvet Goldmine", crafted meticulous Elizabethan costumes for "Shakespeare in Love" (both of which earned her Oscar nominations) and recreated a more contemporary look for the biopic "Hilary and Jackie".

Powell's stellar resume was expanded with her work on "Felicia's Journey," "Miss Julie" and "The End of the Affiar" (all 1999), "Sylvia" (2003) and particularly with her sumptuous 1950s recreations for "Far From Heaven" (2002). Her collaborations with Martin Scorsese proved particularly fruitful: her costumes for the 19th Century epic "Gangs of New York" (2002) earned her a fourth Oscar nomination, and she took home the Academy's trophy for Best Achievement in Costume Design for her glamorous recreation of fashions from Hollywood's Golden Age in "The Aviator" (2004).

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 Edward II (1991) Seamstress
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Began career designing for fringe theater and dance productions
1986:
Feature debut as a costume designer and first collaboration with Derek Jarman, "Caravaggio"
1988:
Created the contemporary look for Mike Figgis' "Stormy Monday"
1991:
First screen collaboration with Neil Jordan, "The Miracle"
1992:
Designed costumes for "Orlando"; received first Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design
1992:
Re-teamed with Neil Jordan for "The Crying Game"
1993:
Final film with Jarman, "Wittgenstein"
1994:
Designed the costumes for Neil Jordan's feature version of "Interview With the Vampire"
1996:
Fourth collaboration with Jordan for "Michael Collins"
1997:
Designed the look for "The Wings of the Dove"; earned second Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design
1998:
Created the glam rock costumes for Todd Haynes' "Velvet Goldmine"; earned third Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design
1998:
Designed the contemporary look of "Hilary and Jackie"
1998:
Won first Oscar for designing the period costumes for "Shakespeare in Love"
1999:
Re-teamed with Jordan for "The End of the Affair"
2002:
Second collaboration with Todd Haynes, "Far from Heaven"
2002:
Designed the period costumes for Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York"; received an Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design
2003:
Created the period costumes for "Sylvia"
2004:
Re-teamed with Scorsese to design the costumes for the biographical drama, "The Aviator"
2005:
Designed the costumes for "Mrs. Henderson Presents"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design
2006:
Third collaboration with Scorsese, "The Departed"
2008:
Created the 16th century costumes for "The Other Boleyn Girl"
2009:
Designed the period costumes for "The Young Victoria"
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Education

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design: -

Notes

"I couldn't do a project if it was all just fantastic costumes and a rubbish script. I couldn't be bothered to give it my time." --Sandy Powell quoted in "Designing Woman", TIME, February 22, 1999

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