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Colleen Atwood (born September 25, 1948)[1] is an American costume designer.

Colleen Atwood
Born (1948-09-25) September 25, 1948 (age 71)
Alma materCornish College of the Arts
OccupationCostume designer
Years active1981–present
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Atwood has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design twelve times, winning four times - for the films Chicago (2002), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), Alice in Wonderland (2010), and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016); the latter is the first Wizarding World film to win an Academy Award. She has collaborated several times with directors Tim Burton, Rob Marshall and Jonathan Demme.[2]

Early life and educationEdit

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.[3]

CareerEdit

Atwood began her career as a fashion advisor in Washington in the early 1970. She moved to New York in 1980, where she studied art at New York University.[4] 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.[3][5] She worked as an assistant to a costume designer and eventually earned her first film credit for A Little Sex, directed by Bruce Paltrow.[4]

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.[6] An important turning point in her career came when, through production designer Bo Welch 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.[3][5] She moved to Los Angeles in 1990.[4]

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. She also designs for television, including Arrow,[7] The Flash,[7] and the new Supergirl series.[7]

Atwood's favorite fashion designers include Azzedine Alaia,[4] Yohji Yamamoto[4] and Alexander McQueen.[4][8]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Director Notes
1984 Firstborn Michael Apted
1985 Bring on the Night
1986 Manhunter Michael Mann
1987 Critical Condition Michael Apted
The Pick-up Artist James Toback
Someone to Watch Over Me Ridley Scott
1988 For Keeps John G. Avildsen
Married to the Mob Jonathan Demme
Fresh Horses David Anspaugh
Torch Song Trilogy Paul Bogart
1989 Hider in the House Matthew Patrick
1990 The Handmaid's Tale Volker Schlöndorff
Joe Versus the Volcano John Patrick Shanley
Edward Scissorhands Tim Burton Won - 20/20 Awards for Best Costume Design-
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design
1991 The Silence of the Lambs Jonathan Demme Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Costume Design
Rush Lili Fini Zanuck
1992 Lorenzo's Oil George Miller
1993 Born Yesterday Luis Mandoki
Philadelphia Jonathan Demme
1994 Cabin Boy Adam Resnick
Wyatt Earp Lawrence Kasdan
Ed Wood Tim Burton Nominated - Awards Circuit Community Awards for Best Costume Design
Little Women Gillian Armstrong Nominated – Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design
1995 The Grotesque John-Paul Davidson
1996 The Juror Brian Gibson
That Thing You Do! Tom Hanks
Head Above Water Jim Wilson
Mars Attacks! Tim Burton Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Costume Design
1997 Buddy Caroline Thompson
Gattaca Andrew Niccol Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Costume Design
1998 Fallen Gregory Hoblit
Beloved Jonathan Demme Nominated – Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Costume Designers Guild Awards for Excellence in Costume Design for Film
Nominated - Online Film & Television Association for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Costume Design
Mumford Lawrence Kasdan
1999 Sleepy Hollow Tim Burton Won - BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design
Won - Awards Circuit Community Awards for Best Costume Design
Won - Costume Designers Guild Awards for Excellence in Period/Fantasy Film
Won - Satellite Award for Best Costume Design
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Costume Design
Nominated – Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Online Film & Television Association for Best Costume Design
2001 Golden Dreams Agnieszka Holland
The Mexican Gore Verbinski
Planet of the Apes Tim Burton Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Costume Designers Guild Awards for Excellence in Period/Fantasy Film
Nominated - Online Film & Television Association for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Costume Design
2002 CinéMagique Jerry Rees
Chicago Rob Marshall Won - Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Won - Awards Circuit Community Awards for Best Achievement in Costume Design
Won - International Online Cinema Awards for Best Costume Design
Won - Costume Designers Guild Awards for Excellence in Period/Fantasy Film
Won - Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards for Best Costume Design
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Gold Derby Awards for Costume Design
Nominated - Online Film & Television Association for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Online Film Critics Society Awards for Best Costume Design
2003 Big Fish Tim Burton
2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Brad Silberling Won - Costume Designers Guild Awards for Excellence in Period/Fantasy Film
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Nominated - International Online Cinema Awards for Best Costume Design
2005 Memoirs of a Geisha Rob Marshall Won – Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Won - BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design
Won - Costume Designers Guild Awards for Excellence in Period Film
Won - Gold Derby Awards for Costume Design
Won - Hollywood Film Awards for Costume Designer of the Year
Won - International Online Cinema Awards for Best Costume Design
Won - Online Film & Television Association for Best Costume Design
Won - Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Costume Design
2006 Mission: Impossible III J. J. Abrams
2007 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Tim Burton Won - Saturn Award for Best Costume Design
Won - Costume Designers Guild Awards for Excellence in Period Film
Won – Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards for Best Costume Design
Won - Online Film & Television Association for Best Costume Design
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Won - Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards for Best Costume Design
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Gold Derby Awards for Costume Design
Nominated - International Online Cinema Awards for Best Costume Design
2009 Nine Rob Marshall Nominated – Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Costume Designers Guild Awards for Excellence in Period Film
Nominated - Gold Derby Awards for Costume Design
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Costume Design
2010 Alice in Wonderland Tim Burton Won - Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Won - BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design
Won - Saturn Award for Best Costume Design
Won - Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards for Best Costume Design
Won - Costume Designers Guild Awards for Excellence in Fantasy Film
Won - Gold Derby Awards for Costume Design
Won – Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards for Best Costume Design
Won - Satellite Award for Best Costume Design
Won - Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards for Best Costume Design
Nominated - International Online Cinema Awards for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Online Film & Television Association for Best Costume Design
2010 The Tourist Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
2011 The Rum Diary Bruce Robinson
In Time Andrew Niccol
2012 Dark Shadows Tim Burton
Snow White and the Huntsman Rupert Sanders Nominated – Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Costume Designers Guild Awards for Excellence in Fantasy Film
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Costume Design
2014 Big Eyes Tim Burton Nominated – Italian Online Movie Awards for Best Costume Design
Into the Woods Rob Marshall Won - Costume Designers Guild Awards for Excellence in Fantasy Film
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Awards Circuit Community Awards for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Gold Derby Awards for Costume Design
Nominated - International Online Cinema Awards for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Costume Design
2016 The Huntsman: Winter's War Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
Alice Through the Looking Glass James Bobin Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Hawaii Film Critics Society for Costume Design
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Costume Design
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Tim Burton Nominated - Costume Designers Guild Awards for Excellence in Fantasy Film
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them David Yates Won - Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Won - Saturn Award for Best Costume Design
Won - Online Film & Television Association for Best Costume Design
Won - Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards for Best Costume Design
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards for Best Costume Design
Nominated - Costume Designers Guild Awards for Excellence in Fantasy Film
Nominated - Gold Derby Awards for Costume Design
Nominated – Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards for Best Costume Design
2018 Tomb Raider Roar Uthaug
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald David Yates Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Costume Design
2019 Dumbo Tim Burton
Lady and the Tramp Charlie Bean
Bombshell Jay Roach
TBA The Little Mermaid Rob Marshall

TelevisionEdit

Notable awards and nominationsEdit

Academy Awards

BAFTA Awards

Emmy Awards

  • Won: Outstanding Costumes for a Variety/Music Program or a Special, Tony Bennett: An American Classic (2006)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Atwood, Colleen". Current Biography Yearbook 2010. Ipswich, MA: H.W. Wilson. 2010. pp. 19–22. ISBN 9780824211134.
  2. ^ "Oscars: Colleen Atwood wins for Alice in Wonderland costume design". LA Times. February 27, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Who dresses Johnny Depp? Costumer Colleen Atwood, a Northwest native". The Seattle Times. December 11, 2010. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Diamond, Jamie (February 24, 2005). "A Costume Drama in Modern Dress". New York Times.
  5. ^ a b "Behind the Scenes; A Dozen Bright Talents Who Are Helping To Shape the Season Ahead:COLLEEN ATWOOD: Clothes Conscientious". New York Times. September 9, 1990.
  6. ^ Maslin, Janet (November 8, 1985). "SCREEN: STING IN 'BRING ON THE NIGHT'". New York Times.
  7. ^ a b c "Costume Designer Colleen Atwood on Making the Heroes of 'Flash' & 'Arrow' Look Super". Variety. June 3, 2015.
  8. ^ Leung, Mariana (1 June 2012). "Exclusive Interview: Oscar-Winning Costume Designer Colleen Atwood". Ms Fabulous. Retrieved 8 June 2013.

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