Lindy Hemming


Costume Designer

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Birth Place
United Kingdom

Biography

Costumer Lindy Hemming worked extensively in British film, primarily in modern attire, but succeeded with entries into period designs as well. Her work ran the gamut from gritty realistic clothing for Mike Leigh films to the cartoon-like glamour of James Bond movies. Hemming attended the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) where she switched her concentration from stage mana...

Biography

Costumer Lindy Hemming worked extensively in British film, primarily in modern attire, but succeeded with entries into period designs as well. Her work ran the gamut from gritty realistic clothing for Mike Leigh films to the cartoon-like glamour of James Bond movies. Hemming attended the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) where she switched her concentration from stage management to design. Upon graduating from RADA, she began her work on the British stage, designing for fringe productions including those at the Open Space Theatre. More work followed, and soon Hemming was designing for West End productions and the famed Royal Shakespeare Company.

Hemming worked with Leigh on television productions including "Abigail's Room" and "Meantime," and would reteam with him for a number films beginning with the 1987 comedy short "The Short and Curlies," but not before she had already made important inroads in feature film. The designer made her big screen debut with Richard Eyre's modern day comedy "Loose Connections" (1983) and worked again with the director the following year on "Laughterhouse." Both showcased her ability to realistically recreate decidedly unglamorous working class wear, a talent that would be put to good use for years to come. Hemming did memorable work with 1985's "My Beautiful Laundrette," managing to evince economic and social status and political leanings through clothing worn by a hard working and ambitious immigrant community, a group of neo-Nazis living on the dole, and the two outsiders from each group who come together (Gordon Warnecke and Daniel Day-Lewis) while the 1950s-set "84 Charing Cross Road" (1986) proved her abilities with period garb of the recent past.

Teaming with Mike Leigh offered the designer an opportunity to enhance his films' overall themes through hyper-realistic and expository costuming. In "High Hopes" (1988) she authentically dressed three different stereotypes, the shiftless, happily impoverished hippies, the ambitious and materialistic middle-class and the cold and affected upper crust. For 1991's "Life Is Sweet," she continued to use her costuming to provide important back story. The differences between the primary characters, twin daughters played by Jane Horrocks and Claire Skinner, are obvious right away through their clothing. Hemming's versatility was exercised again with Leigh's "Naked," a much more stylized portrait than his previous efforts. 1999 saw her take on a rare period piece with Leigh's "Topsy-Turvy," a behind-the-scenes drama focused on the legendary 19th Century operetta team of Gilbert and Sullivan. Here she was given a doubly challenging task: providing the opulent stage costumes for the production of "The Mikado" as well as recreating daytime and evening wear of 1884 London. Hemming amiably rose to the challenge, designing appropriately proper Victorian garb for the off-stage scenes and bright, vibrant, Asian-influenced and then shockingly unconstructed gear for "The Mikado," an effort that garnered her first Academy Award nomination.

While Leigh was one of her more frequent collaborators, her work on other films has been no less essential. In 1990 Hemming costumed the drama "The Krays," a stylized account of the titular twins (played by Martin and Gary Kemp) who ran roughshod over London's East End in the 1950s and 1960s. The suits she put the two notorious would-be gangsters in were historically accurate and evocative, these brutal murderers dressed sharply, just like the proper gentlemen their overbearing yet permissive mother wanted them to be, but with sharp clean lines and oversized shoulders that underlined their terseness and power. More of her realistic and unobtrusive costuming could be seen in Peter Chelsom's "Hear My Song" (1991) and the same director's "Funny Bones" (1995). Chelsom's charming everyday characters were appropriately outfitted as such. The designer worked with screenwriter-director Mark Herman on both "Blame It on the Bellboy" (1991) and "Little Voice" (1998), creating an especially memorable wardrobe in the latter, outfitting Michael Caine and Brenda Blethyn's distasteful characters in perfectly tacky evening wear.

Hemming moved into more glamorous designing with Mike Newell's "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994), which offered her the opportunity to create a host of appropriate special occasion garments. She excelled with this unique project, designing formal clothing that was a good match with the characters' personalities: from the showy elegance of the acerbic Fiona (Kristin Scott Thomas), the carefree chic of American heartbreaker Carrie (Andie MacDowell) and the unorthodox style of the childlike Scarlett (Charlotte Coleman) to the rumpled charm of Charles (Hugh Grant), the enjoyably flamboyant attire of Gareth (Simon Callow) and the quietly unfashionable good natured nerdiness of Tom (James Fleet). "Four Weddings and a Funeral" helped introduce Hemming's work to US audiences, and the following year she landed the enviable task of designing costumes for the ever dashing James Bond in his latest over-the-top venture "GoldenEye." She followed up with strong showings in the subsequent Bond vehicles "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997) and "The World Is Not Enough" (1999), outfitting Pierce Brosnan and a bevy of Bond beauties in the height of trendsetting techno glamour.

Filmography

 

Costume-Wardrobe (Feature Film)

Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
Costume Designer
Paddington 2 (2018)
Costume Designer
Wonder Woman (2017)
Costume Designer
Paddington (2015)
Costume Designer
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Costume Designer
Edge of Darkness (2010)
Costume Designer
Clash of the Titans (2010)
Costume Designer
The Dark Knight (2008)
Costume Designer
Casino Royale (2006)
Costume Designer
Batman Begins (2005)
Costume Designer
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)
Costume Designer
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Costume Designer
Die Another Day (2002)
Costume Designer
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Costume Designer
The Man Who Cried (2000)
Costume Designer
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Costume Designer
The Trench (1999)
Costume Designer
Topsy-Turvy (1999)
Costume Designer
Prince Valiant (1998)
Costume Designer
Little Voice (1998)
Costume Designer
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Costume Designer
The Brave (1997)
Costume Designer
Blood and Wine (1996)
Costume Designer
Funny Bones (1995)
Costume Designer
Goldeneye (1995)
Costume Designer
Sister My Sister (1994)
Costume Designer
All Things Bright and Beautiful (1994)
Costume Designer
Four Weddings and A Funeral (1994)
Costume Designer
Naked (1993)
Costume Designer
Running Late (1993)
Costume Designer
Waterland (1992)
Costume Designer
Blame It on the Bellboy (1992)
Costume Designer
Hear My Song (1991)
Costume Designer
Life Is Sweet (1990)
Costume Designer
The Krays (1990)
Costume Designer
Queen of Hearts (1989)
Costume Designer
When the Whales Came (1989)
Costume Designer
Loose Connections (1988)
Costume Design
High Hopes (1988)
Costume Designer
The Short and Curlies (1987)
Costumes
Heavenly Pursuits (1986)
Costume Designer
84 Charing Cross Road (1986)
Costume Designer
Wetherby (1985)
Costume Designer
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
Costume Designer
Comfort and Joy (1984)
Costumes
Laughterhouse (1984)
Costumes
Meantime (1983)
Costume Designer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014)
Consultant

Costume-Wardrobe (Special)

A 2 Monologues: In My Defence/Chip in the Sugar (1992)
Costume Designer

Life Events

1981

Designed costumes for the Mike Leigh comedy "Meantime" (aired on television in the United Kingdom)

1983

Was costume designer for Richard Eyre's "Loose Connections"

1984

Reteamed with Eyre on "Laughterhouse" and also costumed Bill Forsyth's "Comfort and Joy"

1985

Costumed David Hare's "Wetherby" and Stephen Frears' "My Beautiful Laundrette"

1986

Was costume designer for Charles Gormley's "Heavenly Pursuits" and handled costuming for the London set of "84 Charing Cross Road"

1987

Was costume designer of Mike Leigh's short "The Short and Curlies"

1988

Designed the costumes for Leigh's feature "High Hopes"

1989

Was costume designer of the features "The Queen of Hearts" and "When the Whales Came"

1990

Designed the costumes for Peter Medak's fact-based drama "The Krays"

1991

Worked as costume designer on Peter Chelsom's "Hear My Song" and reteamed with Leigh on "Life Is Sweet"

1992

Costumed Mark Herman's "Blame It on the Bellboy" and Stephen Gyllenhaal's "Waterland"

1993

Was costume designer for Leigh's "Naked"

1994

Costumed the cast of Mike Newell's "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and Barry Devlin's "All Things Bright and Beautiful"

1995

Reteamed with director Chelsom as costume designer for his comedy "Funny Bones"

1995

Was costume designer of Martin Campbell's James Bond vehicle "GoldenEye"

1997

Was costume designer of Bob Rafelson's "Blood & Wine" and Anthony Hickox's "Prince Valiant" as well as Johnny Depp's directorial debut "The Brave"

1997

Returned to Bond films, costuming Roger Spottiswoode's "Tomorrow Never Dies"

1998

Was costume designer of Mark Herman's "Little Voice"

1999

Costumed Mike Leigh's "Topsy-Turvy"; received Academy Award

1999

Was costume designer for William Boyd's "The Trench"

1999

Continued her work as James Bond costumer with Michael Apted's "The World Is Not Enough"

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