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March 8, 2010
Costume design "The Young Victoria" Sandy Powell Upon accepting her third Oscar in this category, Powell deadpanned, "I already have two of these, so I feel greedy." The British costume designer created the royal couture for the court of Queen Victoria circa 1837. For inspiration, Powell consulted the archives at Kensington Palace, where she studied some of the actual clothing worn by the monarch during her youth. She subsequently created her own designs for the historical romance.
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January 5, 2012 | By Janet Kinosian, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In "Hugo," Martin Scorsese's new 3-D film based on Brian Selznick's bestselling "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," London-based costume designer Sandy Powell helps create the storybook image of an orphan boy (played by Asa Butterfield) living inside a Parisian train station in the early 1930s. Her awards are many (she's won three Oscars in nine nominations — her second was with Scorsese for 2004's "The Aviator"), and she's a favored Scorsese collaborator ("Shutter Island," "The Gangs of New York")
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February 18, 2010 | By Paul Gaita, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Costume designer Sandy Powell netted her eighth Oscar nomination with her work on "The Young Victoria," director Jean-Marc Vallee's biopic of the early life of the iconic British monarch (played by Emily Blunt). The honor is the latest in a celebrated career filled with such awards as Oscars for "Shakespeare in Love" (1998) and "The Aviator" (2004) and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts prize for Todd Haynes' "Velvet Goldmine" (1998). Powell launched her career with the help of director Derek Jarman (she rang him up after seeing "Jubilee" and "The Tempest")
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December 18, 2011 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Booth Moore and Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
A movie doesn't have to be jampacked with cinema style to have a memorable fashion moment or two, and in the course of screening the slate of holiday-season films, we found all kinds of clothes, accessories, hairstyles and makeup worth a mention. "Hugo" Yes, Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," based on a book by Brian Selznick, is a movie about an orphaned boy living in a Paris train station. But it's also a filmmaker's film about a filmmaker making films, and as such even the costumes and makeup (designed by Sandy Powell and Morag Ross respectively)
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July 2, 1993 | BETTY GOODWIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sandy Powell, a 33-year-old costume designer who has spent most of her careerin fringe theater and art-house films, has suddenly become one of the most important designers in mainstream movies. While her work dressing Irish terrorists and a male cross-dresser in last year's hit film, "The Crying Game," was hardly what anyone would call a showcase for her talents, her new movie, "Orlando," a costume drama spanning 400 years about a man who becomes a woman, has changed all that.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2011
Designing costumes for a film is never easy, but this year's five Academy Award nominees faced some very daunting tasks ? starting with characters that might shrink or grow, Shakespearean gender switches, animal hides and royal regalia. We asked the five women to tell us about the biggest challenge of their movie. FOR THE RECORD: Costume design nominees: The credits for two illustrations that accompany a Calendar section article elsewhere in this edition about Oscar-nominated costume designers misspell the last name of "The King's Speech" designer Jenny Beavan as Beaven.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2008 | Ron Magid
In "The Other Boleyn Girl," Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson play sisters vying for the affections of Eric Bana's King Henry VIII, so costume designer Sandy Powell wanted to make the heavy Tudor garments sexy. "I didn't do anything special to make [Portman and Johansson] look beautiful -- they just do," says Powell, who fought for the elaborate headdresses the actresses wear. "They're very flattering because they focus all the attention on the face." For Henry, Powell resisted frilly colors and fanciful textures and transformed Bana into a glam rock king with fur culled from old coats.
NEWS
April 6, 1995 | BETTY GOODWIN
The Movie: "Rob Roy." The Setup: Early 18th-Century tale of Scottish hero of the people known as Rob Roy (Liam Neeson, pictured). The Costume Designer: Sandy Powell, whose credits include "Interview With the Vampire," "Orlando," "The Crying Game," "Caravaggio" and "Edward II." You Should Know: The Scottish man's wardrobe staple is still a wonderful garment to behold.
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November 10, 1994 | BETTY GOODWIN
The Movie: "Interview With the Vampire" The Setup: Vampires Lestat (Tom Cruise, pictured at left) and Louis (Brad Pitt, pictured at right) embark on two centuries of night-prowling bloodsucking, based on Anne Rice bestseller. After a few decades, a "daughter," Claudia (Kirsten Dunst), joins in their ravenous escapades. The Costume Designer: London-based Sandy Powell, whose credits include "Orlando," "The Crying Game" and "Caravaggio."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2011 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
The list of 2010 best picture nominations didn't offer a whole lot of surprises this year; but elsewhere ? in other, perhaps less glamorous, below-the-line categories ? there are some, well, counterintuitive titles in the mix. The poorly reviewed "The Wolfman," directed by Joe Johnston, might not be the first picture that springs to mind as an Oscar contender. But the dark and hairy horror movie starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins won raves from academy voters for its achievement in makeup, executed by Oscar winner Rick Baker and Oscar nominee Dave Elsey.
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December 18, 2011 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Cue the flappers, the fringe, the beads and the bobs. The Roaring '20s are back in fashion — on the runways and on-screen. It started in September at the spring 2012 fashion shows, with Ralph Lauren's "Great Gatsby" gowns, Tory Burch's sportswear inspired by Coco Chanel and 1920s Deauville, and Frida Giannini's Art Deco black-and-gold fringed flapper dresses at Gucci. Those clothes won't be in stores for another month or so, and Baz Luhrmann's film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Jazz Age novel "The Great Gatsby," sure to be a costume extravaganza, isn't due out until next Christmas.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2011
Designing costumes for a film is never easy, but this year's five Academy Award nominees faced some very daunting tasks ? starting with characters that might shrink or grow, Shakespearean gender switches, animal hides and royal regalia. We asked the five women to tell us about the biggest challenge of their movie. FOR THE RECORD: Costume design nominees: The credits for two illustrations that accompany a Calendar section article elsewhere in this edition about Oscar-nominated costume designers misspell the last name of "The King's Speech" designer Jenny Beavan as Beaven.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2011 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
The list of 2010 best picture nominations didn't offer a whole lot of surprises this year; but elsewhere ? in other, perhaps less glamorous, below-the-line categories ? there are some, well, counterintuitive titles in the mix. The poorly reviewed "The Wolfman," directed by Joe Johnston, might not be the first picture that springs to mind as an Oscar contender. But the dark and hairy horror movie starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins won raves from academy voters for its achievement in makeup, executed by Oscar winner Rick Baker and Oscar nominee Dave Elsey.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2010
Costume design "The Young Victoria" Sandy Powell Upon accepting her third Oscar in this category, Powell deadpanned, "I already have two of these, so I feel greedy." The British costume designer created the royal couture for the court of Queen Victoria circa 1837. For inspiration, Powell consulted the archives at Kensington Palace, where she studied some of the actual clothing worn by the monarch during her youth. She subsequently created her own designs for the historical romance.
NEWS
February 18, 2010 | By Paul Gaita, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Costume designer Sandy Powell netted her eighth Oscar nomination with her work on "The Young Victoria," director Jean-Marc Vallee's biopic of the early life of the iconic British monarch (played by Emily Blunt). The honor is the latest in a celebrated career filled with such awards as Oscars for "Shakespeare in Love" (1998) and "The Aviator" (2004) and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts prize for Todd Haynes' "Velvet Goldmine" (1998). Powell launched her career with the help of director Derek Jarman (she rang him up after seeing "Jubilee" and "The Tempest")
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February 7, 2010 | By Julie Neigher
Question: Would Rita Hayworth's performance as "Gilda" have been as mesmerizing if she hadn't danced in that skin-tight, Jean-Louis-designed, black satin dress that undulated in the caress of the spotlight? Answer: Not on your life. Costume design is a treasured art that has been invaluable to cinema since its inception. Each practitioner's passion and research help lift a character off the screenwriter's page, transforming words into flesh -- and cloth. One sketch can transport viewers back in time or give them a tantalizing glimpse of the future.
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December 18, 2011 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Booth Moore and Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
A movie doesn't have to be jampacked with cinema style to have a memorable fashion moment or two, and in the course of screening the slate of holiday-season films, we found all kinds of clothes, accessories, hairstyles and makeup worth a mention. "Hugo" Yes, Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," based on a book by Brian Selznick, is a movie about an orphaned boy living in a Paris train station. But it's also a filmmaker's film about a filmmaker making films, and as such even the costumes and makeup (designed by Sandy Powell and Morag Ross respectively)
IMAGE
December 18, 2011 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Cue the flappers, the fringe, the beads and the bobs. The Roaring '20s are back in fashion — on the runways and on-screen. It started in September at the spring 2012 fashion shows, with Ralph Lauren's "Great Gatsby" gowns, Tory Burch's sportswear inspired by Coco Chanel and 1920s Deauville, and Frida Giannini's Art Deco black-and-gold fringed flapper dresses at Gucci. Those clothes won't be in stores for another month or so, and Baz Luhrmann's film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Jazz Age novel "The Great Gatsby," sure to be a costume extravaganza, isn't due out until next Christmas.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2008 | Ron Magid
In "The Other Boleyn Girl," Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson play sisters vying for the affections of Eric Bana's King Henry VIII, so costume designer Sandy Powell wanted to make the heavy Tudor garments sexy. "I didn't do anything special to make [Portman and Johansson] look beautiful -- they just do," says Powell, who fought for the elaborate headdresses the actresses wear. "They're very flattering because they focus all the attention on the face." For Henry, Powell resisted frilly colors and fanciful textures and transformed Bana into a glam rock king with fur culled from old coats.
NEWS
April 6, 1995 | BETTY GOODWIN
The Movie: "Rob Roy." The Setup: Early 18th-Century tale of Scottish hero of the people known as Rob Roy (Liam Neeson, pictured). The Costume Designer: Sandy Powell, whose credits include "Interview With the Vampire," "Orlando," "The Crying Game," "Caravaggio" and "Edward II." You Should Know: The Scottish man's wardrobe staple is still a wonderful garment to behold.
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