My personal top 25 favorite costume designers

by ejs8882000 | created - 14 Feb 2013 | updated - 09 May 2013 | Public

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 ...

The Piano, Portrait of a Lady, Bright Star, etc.

2. Jany Temime

Costume_designer | Skyfall

Jany Temime was born in France. She is known for her work on Skyfall (2012), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009).

Most known for the Harry Potter series, films 3-8, etc.

3. Alexandra Byrne

Costume_designer | Guardians of the Galaxy

Alexandra Byrne was born in 1962. She is known for her work on Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Doctor Strange (2016) and The Phantom of the Opera (2004). She has been married to Simon Shepherd since 1980. They have four children.

Hamlet, Elizabeth, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Phantom of the Opera, etc. Her period pieces are beautiful.

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...

Big in the 30's and 40's. Only won one Oscar for "Samson and Delilah" (1949).

5. Lindy Hemming

Costume_designer | Wonder Woman

Lindy Hemming was born on August 21, 1948 in Wales. She is known for her work on Wonder Woman (2017), The Dark Knight (2008) and Batman Begins (2005).

Known for her collaborations with Mike Leigh, Christopher Nolan's Batman series, and the second Harry Potter film.

6. Jacqueline Durran

Costume_designer | Anna Karenina

Jacqueline Durran is known for her work on Anna Karenina (2012), Atonement (2007) and Little Women (2019).

Collaborations with Joe Wright, and for the "famous" green dress in Atonement (2007).

7. Orry-Kelly

Costume_designer | An American in Paris

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. ...

From the 30's to the early 60's, he designed gowns for the many great actresses of those era's.

8. Shirley Russell

Costume_designer | Hope and Glory

Shirley Russell was born on March 11, 1935 in London, England as Shirley Kingdon. She was a costume designer and actress, known for Hope and Glory (1987), Reds (1981) and Yanks (1979). She was married to Ken Russell. She died on March 4, 2002 in England.

Agatha, Reds, Hope and Glory, etc.

9. Judianna Makovsky

Costume_designer | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Judianna was born on August 24, 1955. 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 ...

Known for Pleasantville, The Hunger Games, and of course the original designer for the Harry Potter costumes.

10. Jenny Beavan

Costume_designer | Mad Max: Fury Road

Jenny Beavan was born in 1950 in London, England. She is known for her work on Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), The King's Speech (2010) and Gosford Park (2001). She was previously married to Ian Albery.

Known for Howards End, Sense and Sensibility, Gosford Park, The King's Speech, etc. Usually subtle but very beautiful.

11. Cecil Beaton

Costume_designer | My Fair Lady

Cecil Beaton was born on January 14, 1904 in London, England as Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton. He is known for his work on My Fair Lady (1964), Gigi (1958) and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970). He died on January 18, 1980 in Broadchalke, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.

His costumes for Gigi (1958) and My Fair Lady (1964) are well known. Appropriate for the time period but also colorful and stylish.

12. Irene Sharaff

Costume_department | An American in Paris

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 ...

Known for The King and I, West Side Story, Cleopatra, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Hello Dolly, etc.

13. Albert Wolsky

Costume_designer | The Manchurian Candidate

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 ...

Grease, All That Jazz, Bugsy, Across the Universe, etc.

14. Adrian

Costume_department | Rope

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 ...

IMHO, the "Reigning King" of Hollywood costume designers. Dressed many of the best actors and actresses back in the day.

15. Patricia Field

Costume_designer | The Devil Wears Prada

Patricia Field was born on February 12, 1941 in New York City, New York, USA. She is known for her work on The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Sex and the City (1998) and Sex and the City (2008).

Known for her hip, sexy, fun, and chic designs for the likes of Sex and the City, and The Devil Wears Prada (2006).

16. James Acheson

Costume_designer | The Last Emperor

James Acheson was born in 1946 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England. He is a costume designer and production designer, known for The Last Emperor (1987), Dangerous Liaisons (1988) and The Man in the Iron Mask (1998).

Known for The Last Emperor, Dangerous Liaisons, Wuthering Heights, Restoration, and the Spider Man movies. Very gorgeous designs for 17th-18th century period pieces.

17. Anthony Powell

Costume_designer | Death on the Nile

Three time Academy Award winner costume designer Anthony Powell has an interesting range of films, ranging from costume period films to more contemporary settings, working with an impressive list of directors such as Steven Spielberg, Roman Polanski, George Cukor and William Friedkin. Powell ...

Has so far won three Oscars and one BAFTA, but is probably more known for doing the second and third Indiana Jones movies...

18. Gabriella Pescucci

Costume_designer | The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

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 ...

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.

19. Ann Roth

Costume_designer | The English Patient

Ann Roth was born on October 30, 1931 in Hanover, Pennsylvania, USA. She is known for her work on The English Patient (1996), The Birdcage (1996) and The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999).

Known for The English Patient, The Hours, Cold Mountain, etc. Very elegant and classy.

20. Catherine Martin

Producer | Moulin Rouge!

Catherine Martin was born on January 26, 1965 in Lindfield, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She is a producer and costume designer, known for Moulin Rouge! (2001), The Great Gatsby (2013) and Australia (2008). She has been married to Baz Luhrmann since January 26, 1997. They have two children.

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.

21. Milena Canonero

Costume_designer | The Grand Budapest Hotel

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 ...

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.

22. Sandy Powell

Costume_designer | The Favourite

Sandy Powell was born on April 7, 1960 in London, England. She is known for her work on The Favourite (2018), The Young Victoria (2009) and Shakespeare in Love (1998).

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.

23. Colleen Atwood

Costume_designer | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Colleen Atwood was born on September 25, 1948 in Yakima, Washington, USA. She is known for her work on Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Chicago (2002) and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005).

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.

24. Edith Head

Costume_department | All About Eve

Edith Head was born on October 28, 1897 in San Bernardino, California, USA as Edith Claire Posener. She is known for her work on All About Eve (1950), Sabrina (1954) and Roman Holiday (1953). She was married to Wiard Ihnen and Charles Head. She died on October 24, 1981 in Los Angeles, California.

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.

25. Eiko Ishioka

Costume_designer | The Cell

Eiko Ishioka was born on July 12, 1938 in Tokyo, Japan. She was a costume designer and director, known for The Cell (2000), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) and The Fall (2006). She was married to Nico Soultanakis. She died on January 21, 2012 in Tokyo.

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.



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