Countdown to the 2013 Academy Awards: Colleen Atwood

Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by fillups

Costume from the film Snow White and the Huntsman

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In one of the odder coincidences of this Academy Awards, two major designers are nominated for their work in films based on the fairy tale of Snow White.  Eiko Ishioka, who is known for dark and sculptured designs,  took a lighter than air approach with Mirror, Mirror while Colleen Atwood designed severe, almost armor like costumes for the characters in Snow White and the Huntsman.

Colleen Atwood has been a prolific costume designer in films since the mid eighties.  She has received 10 Oscar nominations and won the Academy Award three times.  Atwood has worked extensively with directors Tim Burton and Rob Marshall

You can check out her current Oscar nominated work as well as the highlights of her previous work at your local SCCLD library.

Little Women Little Women brought Atwood her first Academy Award nomination.  Her lovely designs are among the many highlights of this exquisite retelling of Alcott's classic novel.
Sleepy Hollow DVD cover for Sleepy Hollow Sleepy Hollow was Atwood's third collaboration with director Tim Burton, but the first time she was recognized for her work with him.
Chicago Chicago was her first collaboration with director Rob Marshall and brought Atwood her first Academy Award.  The film won a total of six Oscars, including Best Picture.
Memoirs of A Geisha Memoirs of a Geisha was Atwood's second film with Marshall and her second Academy Award.  This film is the last film to date to win all three "production" Oscars.  It won Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.  It is a visual feast.
Alice in WonderlandDVD Cover of Alice in Wonderland Alice in Wonderland is another adaptation of a literary classic, another Tim Burton collaboration, and Atwood's third Academy Award.  The movie also picked up the Oscar for Best Art Direction.
DVD Cover for Snow White and the Huntsman