Milena Canonero

Costume designer, Production designer, Producer
A renowned Oscar-winning costume designer with an impressive resume of film work as well as opera credits, Italian-born Milena Canonero started off her movie career with a bang, working with Stanley Kubrick as costume ... Read more »
Born: in Italy

Filmography

Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (38)

Eloise in Paris 2014 (Movie)

(Costume Consultant)

Last Summer 2014 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Manhattan Undying 2014 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Carnage 2011 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The Wolfman 2010 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Belle Toujours 2007 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The Darjeeling Limited 2007 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Marie Antoinette 2006 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Eros 2005 (Movie)

("Equilibrium") (Costume Designer)

Ocean's Twelve 2004 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou 2004 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Solaris 2002 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Titus 1999 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Bulworth 1998 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Camilla 1994 (Movie)

co-costume designer (Costume Designer)

Death and the Maiden 1994 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Love Affair 1994 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Only You 1994 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Damage 1992 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The Bachelor 1992 (Movie)

(Costumes)

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Reversal of Fortune 1990 (Movie)

(Costume Consultant)

The Godfather, Part III 1990 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Lost Angels 1989 (Movie)

costume designer consultant (Costume Designer)

Haunted Summer 1988 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Mamba 1988 (Movie)

(Costume Consultant)

Tucker: the Man and His Dream 1988 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Barfly 1987 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Out of Africa 1985 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Give My Regards to Broad Street 1984 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The Cotton Club 1984 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The Hunger 1983 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Chariots of Fire 1981 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The Shining 1980 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Midnight Express 1978 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Barry Lyndon 1975 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

A Clockwork Orange 1971 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)
Producer (4)

Someday This Pain Will be Useful to You 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Naked Tango 1991 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Mamba 1988 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Good Morning Babylon 1987 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Actor (1)
Art Department (1)

Single White Female 1992 (Movie)

(Production Designer)
Other (1)

Barfly 1987 (Movie)

visual consultant (Consultant)

Biography

A renowned Oscar-winning costume designer with an impressive resume of film work as well as opera credits, Italian-born Milena Canonero started off her movie career with a bang, working with Stanley Kubrick as costume designer for 1971's "A Clockwork Orange". Here she broke new ground, tossing aside the space-age costumes described in Anthony Burgess' source novel and opting for a more realistic look with cues from modern history, in keeping with Kubrick's adaptation. Canonero appropriated the style of British middle-class propriety to disturbing effect in outfitting these brutal futuristic street gangs, with Malcolm McDowell's Alex donning a bowler and a walking stick. Conversely, older characters, like Alex's mother, wore shiny futuristic fabrics and had unnaturally bright colored hair, making for an interesting and unsettling visual contrast. In 1975 the designer reteamed with Kubrick, sharing her first Academy Award (with Ulla-Britt Soderlund) for the painstaking recreations of 18th-century styles for the director's drama "Barry Lyndon". She costumed 1978's harrowing "Midnight Express" before working again with Kubrick as designer for "The Shining" (1980).

Relationships

Marshall Bell

Husband

EDUCATION

attended a French convent school

studied costume design and art history in Genoa

Milestones

2014

Teamed up with Anderson again to design costumes for "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (2014)

2007

Designed costumes for Wes Anderson's "The Darjeeling Limited" (2007)

2006

Designed the period costumes for Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette"

2004

Was the costume designer on "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou"

2001

Costumed the period drama "The Affair of the Necklace"; earned seventh career Oscar nomination

2001

Honored by the Costume Designers Guild with the Career Acheivement Award in Film

1999

Was nominated for a sixth Academy Award for her costuming of Julie Taymor's "Titus"

1998

Reteamed with director-star Warren Beatty as costume designer of "Bulworth"

1994

Took co-costume designer credit on Deepa Mehta's "Camilla"

1994

Designed costumes for Roman Polanski's "Death and the Maiden"

1994

Was costume designer of the romance features "Only You" and "Love Affair"

1992

Designed contemporary clothes for Louis Malle's "Damage"

1992

Made production designer debut with Barbet Schroeder's "Single White Female"

1990

Designed costumes for Coppola's sequel "The Godfather, Part III"

1990

Was co-producer of "Naked Tango", directed by Leonard Schrader

1990

Designed comic strip-inspired costumes for Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy"; received fifth Oscar nomination

1990

Reteamed with director Barbet Schroeder as costume consultant for the fact-based drama "Reversal of Fortune"

1989

Served as costume design consultant for Hugh Hudson's "Lost Angels"

1988

Reteamed with Coppola as costume designer for the director's "Tucker: The Man and His Dream"; earned Academy Award nomination

1988

Was costume designer for Ivan Passer's "Haunted Summer"

1988

Was associate producer and costume consultant for Mario Orfini's "Mamba"

1987

Was visual consultant and costume designer for Barbet Schroeder's "Barfly"

1986

First film as associate producer, "Good Morning Babylon"

1986

Designed costumes for the fashion-influential TV series "Miami Vice"

1985

Designed the trend-making costumes for Sydney Pollack's "Out of Africa"; earned Oscar nomination

1984

Designed clothing for Francis Ford Coppola's 1930s drama "The Cotton Club"

1983

Was costume designer for the Paul McCartney musical vehicle "Give My Regards to Broad Street"

1983

Designed the costumes for Tony Scott's modern vampire film "The Hunger"

1981

Won second Academy Award for work on "Chariots of Fire"

1980

Worked again with Kubrick, as costume designer for his adaptation of "The Shining"

1978

Was costume designer for Alan Parker's Turkish prison-set drama "Midnight Express"

1975

Reteamed with Kubrick, designing costumes for "Barry Lyndon"; shared a Best Costume Design Oscar

1970

Made impressive debut as a costume designer with Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange"

Designed costumes for operas in Austria, Italy and New York's Metropolitan Opera House

Was production and costume designer for Roman Polanski's Italian stage production of "Amadeus"

Moved to England in the late 1960s

Hired to create clothing for the features "The Lost City" and "In the Boom Boom Room" (both in development as of 2001)

Bonus Trivia

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Canonero won the fashion industry's prestigious Coty Award for a line of menswear she was commissioned to design after the success of "Chariots of Fire".

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