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Birth Place: Italy Profession: costume designer, production designer, producer, fashion designer

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A renowned Oscar-winning costume designer with an impressive resume of film work as well as opera credits, Italian-born Milena Canonero started off her movie career with a bang, working with Stanley Kubrick as costume designer for 1971's "A Clockwork Orange". Here she broke new ground, tossing aside the space-age costumes described in Anthony Burgess' source novel and opting for a more realistic look with cues from modern history, in keeping with Kubrick's adaptation. Canonero appropriated the style of British middle-class propriety to disturbing effect in outfitting these brutal futuristic street gangs, with Malcolm McDowell's Alex donning a bowler and a walking stick. Conversely, older characters, like Alex's mother, wore shiny futuristic fabrics and had unnaturally bright colored hair, making for an interesting and unsettling visual contrast. In 1975 the designer reteamed with Kubrick, sharing her first Academy Award (with Ulla-Britt Soderlund) for the painstaking recreations of 18th-century styles for the director's drama "Barry Lyndon". She costumed 1978's harrowing "Midnight Express" before working again with Kubrick as designer for "The Shining" (1980).

A renowned Oscar-winning costume designer with an impressive resume of film work as well as opera credits, Italian-born Milena Canonero started off her movie career with a bang, working with Stanley Kubrick as costume designer for 1971's "A Clockwork Orange". Here she broke new ground, tossing aside the space-age costumes described in Anthony Burgess' source novel and opting for a more realistic look with cues from modern history, in keeping with Kubrick's adaptation. Canonero appropriated the style of British middle-class propriety to disturbing effect in outfitting these brutal futuristic street gangs, with Malcolm McDowell's Alex donning a bowler and a walking stick. Conversely, older characters, like Alex's mother, wore shiny futuristic fabrics and had unnaturally bright colored hair, making for an interesting and unsettling visual contrast. In 1975 the designer reteamed with Kubrick, sharing her first Academy Award (with Ulla-Britt Soderlund) for the painstaking recreations of 18th-century styles for the director's drama "Barry Lyndon". She costumed 1978's harrowing "Midnight Express" before working again with Kubrick as designer for "The Shining" (1980).

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Moved to England in the late 1960s
1971:
Made impressive debut as a costume designer with Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange"
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Designed costumes for operas in Austria, Italy and New York's Metropolitan Opera House
1975:
Reteamed with Kubrick, designing costumes for "Barry Lyndon"; shared a Best Costume Design Oscar
1978:
Was costume designer for Alan Parker's Turkish prison-set drama "Midnight Express"
1980:
Worked again with Kubrick, as costume designer for his adaptation of "The Shining"
1981:
Won second Academy Award for work on "Chariots of Fire"
1983:
Designed the costumes for Tony Scott's modern vampire film "The Hunger"
1983:
Was costume designer for the Paul McCartney musical vehicle "Give My Regards to Broad Street"
1984:
Designed clothing for Francis Ford Coppola's 1930s drama "The Cotton Club"
1985:
Designed the trend-making costumes for Sydney Pollack's "Out of Africa"; earned Oscar nomination
1986:
First film as associate producer, "Good Morning Babylon"
1986:
Designed costumes for the fashion-influential TV series "Miami Vice"
1987:
Was visual consultant and costume designer for Barbet Schroeder's "Barfly"
1988:
Was associate producer and costume consultant for Mario Orfini's "Mamba"
1988:
Reteamed with Coppola as costume designer for the director's "Tucker: The Man and His Dream"; earned Academy Award nomination
1988:
Was costume designer for Ivan Passer's "Haunted Summer"
1989:
Served as costume design consultant for Hugh Hudson's "Lost Angels"
1990:
Designed comic strip-inspired costumes for Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy"; received fifth Oscar nomination
1990:
Reteamed with director Barbet Schroeder as costume consultant for the fact-based drama "Reversal of Fortune"
1990:
Was co-producer of "Naked Tango", directed by Leonard Schrader
1990:
Designed costumes for Coppola's sequel "The Godfather, Part III"
1992:
Made production designer debut with Barbet Schroeder's "Single White Female"
1992:
Designed contemporary clothes for Louis Malle's "Damage"
1994:
Was costume designer of the romance features "Only You" and "Love Affair"
1994:
Took co-costume designer credit on Deepa Mehta's "Camilla"
1994:
Designed costumes for Roman Polanski's "Death and the Maiden"
1998:
Reteamed with director-star Warren Beatty as costume designer of "Bulworth"
1999:
Was nominated for a sixth Academy Award for her costuming of Julie Taymor's "Titus"
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Was production and costume designer for Roman Polanski's Italian stage production of "Amadeus"
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Hired to create clothing for the features "The Lost City" and "In the Boom Boom Room" (both in development as of 2001)
2001:
Honored by the Costume Designers Guild with the Career Acheivement Award in Film
2001:
Costumed the period drama "The Affair of the Necklace"; earned seventh career Oscar nomination
2004:
Was the costume designer on "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou"
2006:
Designed the period costumes for Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette"
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Notes

Canonero won the fashion industry's prestigious Coty Award for a line of menswear she was commissioned to design after the success of "Chariots of Fire".

"I don't like to base designs on my earlier work, I like to experience it in a fresh way. Depending on the project and the director's vision, you change the 'tune,' you change your own vision." -- Canonero, quoted in a 1999 article by Douglas Eby on CreativityandWomen.com

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