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Sandy Powell (costume designer) : biography

April 7, 1960 -

Sandy Powell OBE (born 7 April 1960) is a British costume designer who has been nominated ten times for the Academy Award . She won the Oscar in 1999 for the film Shakespeare in Love, in 2005 for The Aviator, and in 2010 for The Young Victoria. She has received nine BAFTA nominations, winning in 1999 for Velvet Goldmine and 2010 for The Young Victoria. She won numerous other awards in costume design for the latter film.

She left Central St Martins School of Art, London before completing her degree, due to offers of work from, amongst others, Derek Jarman. Whilst at Central, the renowned theatre designer Pamela Howard, then first year tutor, told Powell that there was nothing that she could teach her.

She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to the film industry.

Film credits

  • Edward II (1991) (won Evening Standard British Film Award)
  • Orlando (1992) (nominated for Academy Award)
  • The Crying Game (1992)
  • Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
  • Rob Roy (1995)
  • The Wings of the Dove (1997) (nominated for Academy Award)
  • Velvet Goldmine (1998) (nominated for Academy Award)
  • Shakespeare in Love (1998) (won Academy Award)
  • The End of the Affair (1999)
  • Gangs of New York (2002) (nominated for Academy Award)
  • Far from Heaven (2002)
  • Sylvia (2003)
  • The Aviator (2004) (won Academy Award)
  • Mrs Henderson Presents (2005) (nominated for Academy Award)
  • The Departed (2006)
  • The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
  • The Young Victoria (2009) (won Academy Award)
  • Shutter Island (2010)
  • The Tempest (2010) (nominated for Academy Award)
  • Hugo (2011) (nominated for Academy Award)
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