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Birth Place: Yakima, Washington, USA Profession: costume designer, fashion consultant

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Academy Award-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood more than excelled in her field by creating vibrant, eye-catching period costumes and appropriate low-key clothing for more character-driven films. A frequent contributor to the films of Jonathan Demme and Tim Burton, the designer showed a keen ability in constructing sometimes unforgettable but appropriate wardrobes, with a bookcase full of Academy Awards to prove her excellence.

Academy Award-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood more than excelled in her field by creating vibrant, eye-catching period costumes and appropriate low-key clothing for more character-driven films. A frequent contributor to the films of Jonathan Demme and Tim Burton, the designer showed a keen ability in constructing sometimes unforgettable but appropriate wardrobes, with a bookcase full of Academy Awards to prove her excellence.

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Raised in Washington
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Worked as a fashion consultant in Seattle in the 1970s
1980:
Moved to New York City to attend NYU; dropped out
1981:
Worked as costume assistant in films "A Little Sex" and "Ragtime"
1984:
First screen credit as costume designer, "Firstborn"
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Created stage costumes for Elton John
1985:
Designed the stage costumes for Sting's world tour, chronicled in the film "Bring on the Night"
1985:
First TV credit, "Out of the Darkness" (CBS)
1987:
Costumed the casts of "The Pick-Up Artist" and "Someone to Watch Over Me"
1988:
Began her association with director Jonathan Demme as costume designer for "Married to the Mob"
1989:
Designed the inventive futuristic costumes for "The Handmaid's Tale"
1990:
Credited as costume designer for "Joe Versus the Volcano"
1990:
Collaborated with Burton in costumes for "Edward Scissorhands," starring Johnny Depp
1991:
Costumed the casts of "Rush" and Jonathan Demme's "The Silence of the Lambs"
1992:
Worked as costume designer for "Lorenzo's Oil" and costumed Michelle Pfeiffer in the 1960s-set "Love Field"
1993:
Designed costumes for "Born Yesterday" and "Philadelphia"
1994:
Delivered impressive year of costume work, designing Western-set drama "Wyatt Earp" and the 19th Century romance "Little Women" (for which she earned her first Academy Award nomination) as well as reteaming with Tim Burton for the 1950s biopic "Ed Wood," starring Depp
1996:
Designed costumes for the 1960s rock'n'roll comedy "That Thing You Do!" and Burton's off-the-wall sci-fi entry "Mars Attacks!"
1997:
Designed costumes for the futuristic drama "Gattaca"
1998:
Designed costumes for the thriller "Fallen" and the Jonathan Demme drama "Beloved"; garnered second Oscar nomination for the latter
1999:
Costumed Lawrence Kasdan's "Mumford" and Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow"; received third Academy Award nomination for the period designs of the latter
2001:
Reteamed with Burton for "Planet of the Apes"
2002:
Created the 1920s costumes for the film version of the hit musical "Chicago"; received a nomination for a BAFTA for her achievements in costume design
2003:
Served as Costume Designer for Tim Burton's "Big Fish"
2004:
Created the costumes for "Lemony Snicket¿s A Series of Unfortunate Events"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design
2005:
Received her sixth Academy Award nomination for designing the 1940's geisha Costumes for Rob Marshall's "Memoirs of a Geisha"
2006:
Won her first Emmy for the TV special "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" (NBC)
2007:
Once again collaborated with Tim Burton for "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; earned her seventh Academy Award nomination for Costume Design
2009:
Re-teamed with Rob Marshall for the feature adaptation of "Nine"; earned an Oscar nomination for Costume Design
2010:
Re-teamed with director Burton and star Depp in "Alice in Wonderland"
2012:
Designed gothic-inspired costumes for Burton's feature remake of "Dark Shadows" and the adventure-drama "Snow White and the Huntsman," starring Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart
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Education

The Cornish School: Seattle , Washington -
New York University: New York , New York - 1980

Notes

"People don't get it. They think I go shopping and buy a lot of expensive fabric and point my finger. Little do they know that it's like being in the Army sometimes. It's a lot of fun, but very hard work--carrying stuff, dressing and undressing people. You're not sitting at a desk drawing pictures much." --Colleen Atwood on costume design, quoted in Los Angeles Times, October 11, 1998

Atwood describing one of her favorite designs from "Sleepy Hollow", and explaining how actors can really make her work stand out: "[The dress] was such a challenge to create, and the way Miranda Richardson wore the costume was fantastic. The original inspiration was that it reminded me of bark in the forest. I wanted it to fit in the woods, but still be very grand and of her own world. Miranda really understood what the architecture of the dress was, that it went from light to dark. When she walked in it, she walked straight forward and then turned to the side, so you got that play of light on the costume" --quoted in the "Sleepy Hollow" press kit, 1999

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