Anthony Powell

Costume designer, Set designer, Lecturer (on design)
Three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Anthony Powell began his professional career as a teenager touring with his handmade marionettes. After graduating from London's Central School of Art and Design, he apprenticed ... Read more »
Born: 06/02/1935 in Chortlon-Cum-Hardy, England, GB

Filmography

Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (20)

Miss Potter 2006 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

102 Dalmatians 2000 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The Ninth Gate 2000 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Andrew Lloyd Webber 50th Birthday Celebration 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Costume Designer

The Avengers 1998 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

101 Dalmatians 1996 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Hook 1991 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Frantic 1988 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Ishtar 1987 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Pirates 1986 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Evil Under the Sun 1982 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Priest of Love 1981 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Tess 1980 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Death on the Nile 1978 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Papillon 1973 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Travels With My Aunt 1972 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Nicholas and Alexandra 1971 (Movie)

2nd Unit Costumer (Costumer)

The Royal Hunt of the Sun 1969 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

Biography

Three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Anthony Powell began his professional career as a teenager touring with his handmade marionettes. After graduating from London's Central School of Art and Design, he apprenticed as an assistant to other designers including Cecil Beaton. Simultaneously, Powell served as a lecturer at his alma mater. His costume designs for John Gielgud's production of "The School for Scandal" (1963) earned him a Tony Award and he also received a second nomination for his scenic design. Powell made his first Hollywood connection with director Irving Lerner who chose him to design the costumes for "The Royal Hunt of the Sun" (1969), which required styling both the Spanish conquistadors as well as the native Americans. His first Oscar came for his outlandish designs for Maggie Smith's Augusta in George Cukor's "Travels with My Aunt" (1972). The Academy honored him with back-to-back Oscars for his glamorous 30s designs for "Death on the Nile" (1978), particularly the women's outfits worn in the film by such luminaries as Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury, Bette Davis and Maggie Smith, and his 19th Century attire for "Tess" (1979). The latter began a three-film collaboration with director Roman Polanski that included the lavish "Pirates" (1986) and the contemporary "Frantic" (1988). Additionally, Powell created the costumes and sets for the French stage production of "Amadeus," in which Polanski starred as well as directed.

EDUCATION

Central School of Art and Design

1958
received Royal Society of Arts Travel Scholarship; graduated with honors

Milestones

2000

Created costumes for Glenn Close's Cruella de Vil in "102 Dalmatians"; received Best Costume Design Academy Award nomination

1998

Was costume designer for "The Avengers", a feature film based on the 1960s TV series

1996

Designed costumes for live-action feature, "101 Dalmatians", starring Glenn Close

1993

Designed the costumes for the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Sunset Boulevard"; show opened in London before playing L.A. and NYC in 1994; received Tony nomination for Costume Design

1991

Earned another Oscar nomination for Spielberg's "Hook", starring Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams and Maggie Smith

1989

Reteamed with Spielberg for "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"

1988

Final film (to date) with Polanski, "Frantic"

1986

Second film with Polanski, "Pirates"; received Oscar nomination

1984

First affiliation with director Steven Spielberg, "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"

1979

Initial collaboration with director Roman Polanski, "Tess", earned him his third Oscar

1978

Won second Oscar for "Death on the Nile"; featured in the cast were Bette Davis and Maggie Smith

1975

Returned to Broadway as set designer for revival of Noel Coward's "Private Lives", starring Maggie Smith

1972

Received first of three Oscars as costume designer for George Cukor's "Travels with My Aunt", starring Maggie Smith

1968

Began his film career with "Royal Hunt of the Sun"

1963

Won Tony Award for Best Costume Design for John Gielgud's production of "The School for Scandal"; also nominated for Best Scene Design

1958

Costume designer and lecturer on theater design at his alma mater, Central School of Art and Design

While serving as a map reader in the military, mistakenly led the British Army of the Occupation in Germany into the Russian zone

Designed the sets and costumes for the Paris stage production of "Amadeus", directed by and starring Polanski

Consulted as a designer fashioning men's sportwear during the 1960s and 1970s

Began career as a teenager touring with his handmade marionette show

Worked as a design consultant for hotels and restaurants and helped in the restoration and renovation of Sutton Place, Guilford during the 1960s and 1970s

Spent the better part of four years working closely with David Lean on the director's proposed film "Nostromo"; project halted by Lean's death

Raised in Yorkshire and Dublin

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