My personal top 25 favorite costume designers

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1.
Janet Patterson
Costume Designer, The Piano
Born in Sydney, Australia, she is a costume and production designer. She is a specialist in period costume from the 19th century. All four of her Oscar nominated films are of that era. A noted recluse who rarely does interviews or attends awards ceremony's, between jobs she returns to a quite home life with her family.
“ The Piano, Portrait of a Lady, Bright Star, etc. ” - ejs8882000
 
2.
Jany Temime
Costume Designer, Gravity
“ Most known for the Harry Potter series, films 3-8, etc. ” - ejs8882000
 
3.
Alexandra Byrne
Costume Designer, The Avengers
“ Hamlet, Elizabeth, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Phantom of the Opera, etc. Her period pieces are beautiful. ” - ejs8882000
 
4.
Gwen Wakeling
Costume Designer, The Grapes of Wrath
Gwen Wakeling was born in Detroit. Her father was a mining engineer whose work resulted in the family moving every few years, and she wound up living everywhere from Seattle to Los Angeles to Prescott, Arizona. Upon graduating high school she got a job as a fashion artist in a department store. She soon was hired by director Cecil B. DeMille when he was working for Pathe Studios...
“ Big in the 30's and 40's. Only won one Oscar for "Samson and Delilah" (1949). ” - ejs8882000
 
5.
Lindy Hemming
Costume Designer, The Dark Knight
“ Known for her collaborations with Mike Leigh, Christopher Nolan's Batman series, and the second Harry Potter film. ” - ejs8882000
 
6.
Jacqueline Durran
Costume Designer, Atonement
“ Collaborations with Joe Wright, and for the "famous" green dress in Atonement (2007). ” - ejs8882000
 
7.
Orry-Kelly
Costume Designer, Casablanca
Studied art in Australia, then sailed to New York to become an actor. A job painting murals in a nightclub lead to work designing titles for Fox East Coast studios. Went to Hollywood in 1932 and worked at Warner Brothers First National Studios before moving on to Universal, RKO, Fox, and MGM. Designed costumes for all the great actresses...
“ From the 30's to the early 60's, he designed gowns for the many great actresses of those era's. ” - ejs8882000
 
8.
Shirley Russell
Costume Designer, Reds
“ Agatha, Reds, Hope and Glory, etc. ” - ejs8882000
 
9.
Judianna Makovsky
Judianna was born on August 24, 1967. As a child she joined the Metropolitan Opera ballet and children's chorus but was always more interested in what went on backstage to produce a show. After graduating from the Art Institute of Chicago and Yale Drama School she worked as an assistant to Jane Greenwood...
“ Known for Pleasantville, The Hunger Games, and of course the original designer for the Harry Potter costumes. ” - ejs8882000
 
10.
Jenny Beavan
Costume Designer, Mad Max: Fury Road
“ Known for Howards End, Sense and Sensibility, Gosford Park, The King's Speech, etc. Usually subtle but very beautiful. ” - ejs8882000
 
11.
Cecil Beaton
Costume Designer, My Fair Lady
“ His costumes for Gigi (1958) and My Fair Lady (1964) are well known. Appropriate for the time period but also colorful and stylish. ” - ejs8882000
 
12.
Irene Sharaff
Costume Designer, West Side Story
Nominated for fifteen Academy Awards, charismatic costumer Irene Sharaff once declared "you can acquire chic and elegance, but style itself is a a rare thing" (NY Times, August 17, 1993). During her long and distinguished career, Sharaff became known as much for her meticulous attention to detail and her sense of colour as for her versatility in adapting to many genres and periods...
“ Known for The King and I, West Side Story, Cleopatra, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Hello Dolly, etc. ” - ejs8882000
 
13.
Albert Wolsky
Albert Wolsky was born in Paris, France in 1930. He graduated from City College of New York and began to work in the travel industry. After several years of doing this, he decided at age 30, he wanted to pursue a career as a costume designer. His first entree was working as a "gofor" to legendary costume...
“ Grease, All That Jazz, Bugsy, Across the Universe, etc. ” - ejs8882000
 
14.
Adrian
Costume Designer, The Wizard of Oz
Adrian Adolph Greenburg, born in Naugatuck, Connecticut, March 3, 1903, to Gilbert and Helena (Pollack) Greenburg. He began his professional career while still attending the New York School for Fine and Applied Arts by contributing to the costumes for "George White's Scandals" in 1921. He is credited for that production by his created name of Gilbert Adrian...
“ IMHO, the "Reigning King" of Hollywood costume designers. Dressed many of the best actors and actresses back in the day. ” - ejs8882000
 
15.
Patricia Field
Costume and Wardrobe Department, Guiding Light
“ Known for her hip, sexy, fun, and chic designs for the likes of Sex and the City, and The Devil Wears Prada (2006). ” - ejs8882000
 
16.
James Acheson
Costume Designer, Spider-Man
“ Known for The Last Emperor, Dangerous Liaisons, Wuthering Heights, Restoration, and the Spider Man movies. Very gorgeous designs for 17th-18th century period pieces. ” - ejs8882000
 
17.
“ Has so far won three Oscars and one BAFTA, but is probably more known for doing the second and third Indiana Jones movies... ” - ejs8882000
 
18.
Gabriella Pescucci
Gabriella Pescucci was born in Rosignano Solvay in Tuscany in 1943 and began her film career as an assistant to Piero Tosi in the late 1960s. By the 1970s she was working as a costume designer in her own right with several films for Giovanni Patroni Griffi and also for Fellini, making her international debut in 1984 with 'Once Upon a Time in America'...
“ Very versatile. She can go from 20's era 'Once Upon a Time in America' (1984), to 18th century 'The Adventures of Baron Munchausen' (1988), to 19th century 'The Age of Innocence' (1993), to a semi-steampunkish landscape of 'Van Helsing' (2004); to the modern-ish quirkiness of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' (2005), to the ancient (and animated) world of 'Beowulf' (2007). Very talented indeed. ” - ejs8882000
 
19.
Ann Roth
Costume Designer, Signs
“ Known for The English Patient, The Hours, Cold Mountain, etc. Very elegant and classy. ” - ejs8882000
 
20.
“ Known for her collaborations with filmmaker (and husband) Baz Luhrmann. She has an outrageous and eccentric style that perfectly matches that of Luhrmann. Big, bright, colorful, wacky, and so gorgeous. ” - ejs8882000
 
21.
Milena Canonero
Costume Designer, The Shining
Milena Canonero grew up in Genoa. She studied design and costume in Genoa before moving to England to finish her studies. Milena's film career started with Stanley Kubrick, designing the costumes for three of his films: Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975), winning her first of her four academy awards...
“ Had collaborated with Stanley Kubrick, and is known for Barry Lyndon, and Marie Antoinette, etc. Both of those films she has been nominated for the BAFTA and won the Oscars, and both are just wonderful eye candy. ” - ejs8882000
 
22.
Sandy Powell
Costume Designer, The Departed
“ Also versatile in a similar way that Pescucci is. She can create costumes for of many eras like that of 'Orlando' (1992), or do 70's glam rock of 'Velvet Goldmine' (1998), or Shakespeare in Love, The Young Victoria, or 'The Tempest', etc. She is very unique. ” - ejs8882000
 
23.
“ Known for her collaborations with Tim Burton. A very dark and wacky style, perfect for Burton. And also very lovely with a hint of elegance. Imo, definitely one of my favorites. ” - ejs8882000
 
24.
Edith Head
Costume Designer, Rear Window
“ IMHO, (just like Adrian) she's the "Reigning Queen" of Hollywood costume designers. Likewise, she designed for many of the most popular actors and actresses of the day. ” - ejs8882000
 
25.
Eiko Ishioka
Costume Designer, Dracula
“ My absolute favorite. Her style was just so breathtakingly out of this world. Way ahead of her time. Her most famous film, that she won an Oscar for, Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992); stands out as a true visual feast. There will never be anyone else like her. ” - ejs8882000