Colleen Atwood

Costume designer, Fashion consultant
Academy Award-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood more than excelled in her field by creating vibrant, eye-catching period costumes and appropriate low-key clothing for more character-driven films. A frequent ... Read more »
Born: 09/24/1948 in Yakima, Washington, USA

Filmography

Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (65)

Alice Through the Looking Glass 2016 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Blackhat 2015 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Hidden 2015 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Big Eyes 2014 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Defiance 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Costume Supervisor

Into the Woods 2014 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The Tick 2001 - 2002, 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Costume Designer

When Did You Leave Heaven? 2014 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Dark Shadows 2012 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Snow White and the Huntsman 2012 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

In Time 2011 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The Rum Diary 2011 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Alice in Wonderland 2010 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The Tourist 2010 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Nine 2009 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Public Enemies 2009 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 2007 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Tony Bennett: An American Classic 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Costume Designer

Mission: Impossible III 2006 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Memoirs of a Geisha 2005 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events 2004 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Big Fish 2003 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Costume Designer

Chicago 2002 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Planet of the Apes 2001 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The Mexican 2001 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Mumford 1999 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Sleepy Hollow 1999 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Beloved 1998 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Fallen 1998 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Buddy 1997 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Gattaca 1997 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Grotesque 1997 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Head Above Water 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Costume Designer

Mars Attacks! 1996 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

That Thing You Do! 1996 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The Juror 1996 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Cabin Boy 1994 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Ed Wood 1994 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Little Women 1994 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Wyatt Earp 1994 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Born Yesterday 1993 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Philadelphia 1993 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Lorenzo's Oil 1992 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Love Field 1992 (Movie)

Michelle Pfeiffer's costume designer (Costume Designer)

Rush 1991 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The Silence of the Lambs 1991 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Edward Scissorhands 1990 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Joe Versus the Volcano 1990 (Movie)

(Costumes)

The Handmaid's Tale 1990 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Hider in the House 1989 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

A Table at Ciro's 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Costume Consultant

For Keeps 1988 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Fresh Horses 1988 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Married to the Mob 1988 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Pat Hobby Teamed With Genius 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Costume Consultant

Torch Song Trilogy 1988 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Critical Condition 1987 (Movie)

(Costumes)

Someone to Watch Over Me 1987 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The Pick-Up Artist 1987 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Manhunter 1986 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Bring on the Night 1985 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

First Born 1984 (Movie)

(Costumes)

New York Nights 1981 (Movie)

(Wardrobe)

Out of the Darkness (TV Show)

Costumes
Production Management (1)

Natica Jackson 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Production Manager
Actor (1)

Biography

Academy Award-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood more than excelled in her field by creating vibrant, eye-catching period costumes and appropriate low-key clothing for more character-driven films. A frequent contributor to the films of Jonathan Demme and Tim Burton, the designer showed a keen ability in constructing sometimes unforgettable but appropriate wardrobes, with a bookcase full of Academy Awards to prove her excellence.

EDUCATION

The Cornish School

Seattle , Washington

New York University

New York , New York 1980
Attended film school; dropped out to work for Patrizia Von Brandenstein

Milestones

2012

Designed gothic-inspired costumes for Burton's feature remake of "Dark Shadows" and the adventure-drama "Snow White and the Huntsman," starring Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart

2010

Re-teamed with director Burton and star Depp in "Alice in Wonderland"

2009

Re-teamed with Rob Marshall for the feature adaptation of "Nine"; earned an Oscar nomination for Costume Design

2007

Once again collaborated with Tim Burton for "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; earned her seventh Academy Award nomination for Costume Design

2006

Won her first Emmy for the TV special "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" (NBC)

2005

Received her sixth Academy Award nomination for designing the 1940's geisha Costumes for Rob Marshall's "Memoirs of a Geisha"

2004

Created the costumes for "Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design

2003

Served as Costume Designer for Tim Burton's "Big Fish"

2002

Created the 1920s costumes for the film version of the hit musical "Chicago"; received a nomination for a BAFTA for her achievements in costume design

2001

Reteamed with Burton for "Planet of the Apes"

1999

Costumed Lawrence Kasdan's "Mumford" and Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow"; received third Academy Award nomination for the period designs of the latter

1998

Designed costumes for the thriller "Fallen" and the Jonathan Demme drama "Beloved"; garnered second Oscar nomination for the latter

1997

Designed costumes for the futuristic drama "Gattaca"

1996

Designed costumes for the 1960s rock'n'roll comedy "That Thing You Do!" and Burton's off-the-wall sci-fi entry "Mars Attacks!"

1994

Delivered impressive year of costume work, designing Western-set drama "Wyatt Earp" and the 19th Century romance "Little Women" (for which she earned her first Academy Award nomination) as well as reteaming with Tim Burton for the 1950s biopic "Ed Wood,"

1993

Designed costumes for "Born Yesterday" and "Philadelphia"

1992

Worked as costume designer for "Lorenzo's Oil" and costumed Michelle Pfeiffer in the 1960s-set "Love Field"

1991

Costumed the casts of "Rush" and Jonathan Demme's "The Silence of the Lambs"

1990

Collaborated with Burton in costumes for "Edward Scissorhands," starring Johnny Depp

1990

Credited as costume designer for "Joe Versus the Volcano"

1989

Designed the inventive futuristic costumes for "The Handmaid's Tale"

1988

Began her association with director Jonathan Demme as costume designer for "Married to the Mob"

1987

Costumed the casts of "The Pick-Up Artist" and "Someone to Watch Over Me"

1985

Designed the stage costumes for Sting's world tour, chronicled in the film "Bring on the Night"

1985

First TV credit, "Out of the Darkness" (CBS)

1984

First screen credit as costume designer, "Firstborn"

1981

Worked as costume assistant in films "A Little Sex" and "Ragtime"

1980

Moved to New York City to attend NYU; dropped out

Worked as a fashion consultant in Seattle in the 1970s

Raised in Washington

Created stage costumes for Elton John

Bonus Trivia

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"People don't get it. They think I go shopping and buy a lot of expensive fabric and point my finger. Little do they know that it's like being in the Army sometimes. It's a lot of fun, but very hard work – carrying stuff, dressing and undressing people. You're not sitting at a desk drawing pictures much." – Atwood on costume design, quoted in The Los Angeles Times, Oct. 11, 1998

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Atwood describing one of her favorite designs from "Sleepy Hollow" and explaining how actors can really make her work stand out: "[The dress] was such a challenge to create, and the way Miranda Richardson wore the costume was fantastic. The original inspiration was that it reminded me of bark in the forest. I wanted it to fit in the woods, but still be very grand and of her own world. Miranda really understood what the architecture of the dress was, that it went from light to dark. When she walked in it, she walked straight forward and then turned to the side, so you got that play of light on the costume." – quoted in the "Sleepy Hollow" press kit, 1999

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"It's great when you have a relationship with a director, especially one like Tim, who is an amazing force and has an amazing vision." – Atwood on frequent collaborator Tim Burton, quoted in Entertainment Weekly, May 25, 2012

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