Who dressed Chris Hemsworth in the Torah, and Cate Blanchett in the Golden Age? We tell about the best modern costume designers.
“She is one of the best costume designer. If I were shooting a movie, I would go to her, “Ralph Lauren once said of Milena Canonero, and this high score is consistent with her flawless work. She was an Italian native. She studied the history of art and fashion in Genoa and always adored Italian architecture, which in the future often inspired her. In her youth, she moved to London, where she worked a lot with theaters and advertising agencies, which helped her to gradually become acquainted with eminent directors, for example Stanley Kubrick. She created the costumes for “Clockwork Orange” and “Barry Lyndon” (for which she received her the first “Oscar”. In the future there will be three more). Much later, Milena made friends with Wes Anderson and the family of Francis Ford Coppola: for him, she stylized “The Godfather 3” (and not only) Kirsten Dunst , and for the wife – the recent melodrama “Paris will wait”. Now she works with Jacques Odiard on the film “Brothers Sisters” about the Wild West of the XIX century.
Colleen Atwood – a real costume genius, even by Hollywood standards. Few of the modern masters have as many awards in this business as she has: she has four Oscars and eight nominations for the famous statuette. Atwood was born near Washington in 1948, and her first major work was the costumes for the world tour of Sting Bring On The Night World Tour. The music scene in general attracts her – later she also collaborated with the group My Chemical Romance. However, the fame of Atwood brought the movie: it was she who created costumes for films like Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs of a Geisha, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Silence of the Lambs and Chicago. Now she is actively working on two projects – the adaptation of “Dumbo” and the film ” Fantastic creatures: The crimes of the Green de Valde“. By the way, Atwood’s favorite designers were Azzedin Alaya and Alexander McQueen.
Alexandra Byrne did not immediately come to the world of big cinema: she originally worked on Broadway and created costumes for performances and musicals. One of the first who noticed her was the director Kenneth Branagh, who was not yet interested in making films on comic books and filmed the adaptation of Hamlet – this tape was Alexandra Byrne’s first big work. Following the success of the project, she was actively invited to work in the cinema: she created costumes for the pictures “Elizabeth”, “The Magic Country”, “The Golden Age” (for which the “Oscar”) and many others. However, she received a really wide fame after 2010, when Kenneth Brana took up shooting movies in the Marvel universe and attracted Alexander Byrne to this difficult but very profitable occupation: Tor’s fantastic costumes, Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange – her merit.
A graduate of the design course of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, Kathryn Martin, while studying, met her future husband, director Baz Luhrmann. This lucky event became truly momentous: they immediately began to work together, and when Luhrmann began to find money for large projects, he certainly took his wife as his partner. So, she created costumes for his famous films “Moulin Rouge”, “Australia”, “Romeo + Juliet” and, of course, “The Great Gatsby “. For her creative career, she received two Oscar awards, as well as three BAFTA awards.
The 47-year-old Michael Kaplan does not have as many awards as all the costume artists presented here, however, the paintings he worked on in the work on the album have become truly cult. In the early 1980s he came up with costumes for “Blade Runner”, and this determined his entire career: fantastic films, action films and blockbusters became Kaplan’s main specialization. It was he who worked on such films as “Pearl Harbor”, “Fight Club”, “Star Trek”, “I’m Legend”, and also on the last parts of the franchise “Star Wars”. Right now, he is actively working on the shooting of the next film series – “Star Wars: Episode 9”. And although costumes for the militants are the main part of the creative biography of Kaplan, nothing beautiful is alien to him.
The owner of her own boutique in New York and a fan of vintage, Patricia Field was born in 1942 and is engaged in fashion since 18 years. For a long time she tried to make her way to the cinema, and in the 1980s she finally succeeded, though at first she worked in low-budget tapes. In 1995, she meets Sarah Jessica Parker on the set of the film “RhapsodyMayami”, and they quickly become friends. The consequence of these friendly relations was that Parker recommended Patricia as a costume designer for “Sex and the City” – and acted absolutely right. Subsequently, Field created dresses for the heroes of the series “Durnushka”, as well as the films “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Shopaholic.” For her successful work, she was nominated for an Oscar, as well as for the Emmy Award.