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Colleen Atwood : biography

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Colleen Atwood (born September 25, 1948) is an American costume designer.

Atwood has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design ten times and won Academy Awards for the movies Chicago in 2002, Memoirs of a Geisha in 2006, and Alice in Wonderland in 2011. Atwood has collaborated several times with directors Tim Burton, Rob Marshall and Jonathan Demme.

Filmography

  • Firstborn (1984)
  • Bring on the Night (1985)
  • Manhunter (1986)
  • Critical Condition (1987)
  • The Pick-up Artist (1987)
  • Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)
  • For Keeps (1988)
  • Married to the Mob (1988)
  • Fresh Horses (1988)
  • Torch Song Trilogy (1988)
  • Hider in the House (1989)
  • The Handmaid's Tale (1990)
  • Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
  • Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  • Rush (1991)
  • Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
  • Born Yesterday (1993)
  • Philadelphia (1993)
  • Cabin Boy (1994)
  • Wyatt Earp (1994)
  • Ed Wood (1994)
  • Little Women (1994)
  • The Grotesque (1995)
  • The Juror (1996)
  • That Thing You Do! (1996)
  • Head Above Water (1996)
  • Mars Attacks! (1996)
  • Buddy (1997)
  • Gattaca (1997)
  • Fallen (1998)
  • Beloved (1998)
  • Mumford (1998)
  • Sleepy Hollow (1999)
  • Golden Dreams (2001)
  • The Mexican (2001)
  • Planet of the Apes (2001)
  • CinéMagique (2002)
  • Chicago (2002)
  • Big Fish (2003)
  • Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
  • Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
  • Mission: Impossible III (2006)
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
  • Public Enemies (2009)
  • Nine (2009)
  • Alice in Wonderland (2010)
  • The Tourist (2010)
  • The Rum Diary (2011)
  • In Time (2011)
  • Dark Shadows (2012)
  • Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Personal life

Colleen has two daughters, Tracey (born 1966) and Charlotte (born 1989). She lives in a ranch house in the hills of Pacific Palisades.

Career

Atwood began her career as a fashion advisor in Washington State in the early 1970s. She moved to New York in 1980, where she studied art at New York University. Her movie career started after a chance encounter with someone whose mother was designing the sets for the film Ragtime, and she got the job of a PA (production assistant) in the film. She worked as an assistant to a costume designer and eventually earned her first film credit for A Little Sex, directed by Bruce Paltrow.

Eventually Atwood ventured into the world of costume design for theater and film, initially coming to fame through her work on Sting's Bring on the Night World Tour, also made into a documentary by the same name. An important turning point in her career came when, through the production designer with whom she had worked in Joe Versus the Volcano, she met director Tim Burton. Atwood and Burton worked together on over seven films in the next two decades, starting with Edward Scissorhands and including Sleepy Hollow, Ed Wood, Big Fish, Planet of the Apes, and Sweeney Todd. She moved to Los Angeles in 1990.

Atwood has been partially involved in developing or has been the lead designer for producing the costumes on over 50 films to date. She was the lead costume designer for all the new costumes created for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 2005-2006. She also designed The Black Parade band uniforms for the band My Chemical Romance, as well as costumes for the following album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.

Early life and education

Born in Yakima, Washington, she studied painting at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington in the early 1970s, and later worked in retail at various places, including the Yves St. Laurent boutique at Frederick & Nelson department store in the city.

Awards and nominations

Academy Awards

  • Nominated: Best Costume Design, Little Women (1994)
  • Nominated: Best Costume Design, Beloved (1998)
  • Nominated: Best Costume Design, Sleepy Hollow (1999)
  • Won: Best Costume Design, Chicago (2002)
  • Nominated: Best Costume Design, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
  • Won: Best Costume Design, Memoirs of a Geisha (2006)
  • Nominated: Best Costume Design, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
  • Nominated: Best Costume Design, Nine (2009)
  • Won: Best Costume Design, Alice in Wonderland (2010)
  • Nominated: Best Costume Design, Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

BAFTA Awards

  • Nominated: Best Costume Design, Edward Scissorhands (1991)
  • Nominated: Best Costume Design, Little Women (1994)
  • Won: Best Costume Design, Sleepy Hollow (1999)
  • Nominated: Best Costume Design, Planet of the Apes (2001)
  • Nominated: Best Costume Design, Chicago (2002)
  • Won: Best Costume Design, Memoirs of a Geisha (2006)
  • Nominated: Best Costume Design, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
  • Won: Best Costume Design, Alice in Wonderland (2010)
  • Nominated: Best Costume Design, Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
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