Janet Patterson

Production designer, Costume designer
This Australian designer has forged a career working with strong female directors. Janet Patterson spent much of the 1970s studying costuming and interior design. By 1980, she was working as a production designer with ... Read more »
Born: in Sydney, , AU

Filmography

Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (8)

Far From the Madding Crowd 2015 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Bright Star 2009 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Peter Pan 2003 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Holy Smoke 1999 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Oscar and Lucinda 1997 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The Portrait of A Lady 1996 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The Last Days of Chez Nous 1993 (Movie)

(Costumes)

The Piano 1993 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)
Art Department (5)

Bright Star 2009 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Holy Smoke 1999 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Excursion to the Bridge of Friendship 1996 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Portrait of A Lady 1996 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Last Days of Chez Nous 1993 (Movie)

(Production Designer)
Production Management (1)

Intimate Portrait: Katharine Graham 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Production Manager
Other (1)

City of Shadows 1988 (Movie)

(Production Assistant)

Biography

This Australian designer has forged a career working with strong female directors. Janet Patterson spent much of the 1970s studying costuming and interior design. By 1980, she was working as a production designer with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, working on numerous TV-movies like "Eden's Lost," "Come in Spinner" and Jane Campion's award-winning "Two Friends" (1986). After spending a decade in television, Patterson moved to the big screen with Gillian Armstrong's contemporary drama "The Last Days of Chez Nous" (1992), in which the spatial aspects of the settings and the characters interaction with those areas play a major role. She won critical praise and her first Oscar nomination (as well as BAFTA and Australian Film Institute Awards) for her Victorian and native costumes for Campion's acclaimed "The Piano" (1993). Again working with Campion, Patterson created both the settings and the costumes for "The Portrait of a Lady" (1996), picking up a second Oscar nod for Best Costume Design. Her work contrasted a bleak, wintry English countryside with colorful yet cruel Italian villas and created the sterile world inhabited by the heroine. Patterson followed with another reteaming with Armstrong on the period drama "Oscar & Lucinda" (1997).

EDUCATION

Earned a BA in interior design in Sydney in the 1970s

Earned a diploma in costume and textile design in Sydney in the 1970s

Milestones

2009

Fifth collaboration with Jane Campion, "Bright Star"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design

2002

Designed the costumes for P. J. Hogan's feature adaptation of "Peter Pan"

1999

Was the production and costume designer for Campion's "Holy Smoke"

1997

Designed the costumes for "Oscar & Lucinda," which re-teamed her with director Gillian Armstrong; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design

1996

Re-teamed with Campion for "The Portrait of a Lady" as the production and costume designer; earned second Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design

1993

Created the costumes for Campion's breakthrough feature, "The Piano"; received first Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design

1992

Feature film debut as production designer and costume designer, "The Last Days of Chez Nous"; directed by Gillian Armstrong

1989

Served as production assistant on "City of Shadows"

1986

Designed the costumes for the Australian TV-movie, "Two Friends"; first collaboration with director Jane Campion

1985

First designed costumes for the Australian TV mini-series "Palace of Dreams"

1980

Worked as a production designer at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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