Ann Roth entered the theatrical world as a scenic painter for the Pittsburgh Opera before being hired as assistant to a Broadway costumer. By the mid-'50s, Roth was one of the leading stage costume designers, and in 1964 she broadened her activities to films and the small screen.
Roth considers it important that her taste and sensibility mesh with a director's, she stresses that the medium she works in, or the period, is not important, to her, only the director is.
Roth's designs have been exceptional examples of historical and social accuracy in costuming. Unlike many of her contemporaries, Roth excelled at designing modern-day costumes, and has also shown a flair for period pieces.
She says her favorite part of the process, in theatre or film, is fitting the costume. "I do every fitting, and I choose every fabric. I like to create the character, or if it's a lot of background people, I like to create the look of it - the spectacle, the atmosphere."
Awards and nominations include
· Academy Award for Best Costume Design for “The English Patient”
· BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design for “The Day of the Locust”
· Academy Awards Nominations include “Places in the Heart”, “The Talented Mr. Ripley” & “The Hours”.
· Tony Awards for “The Royal Family”, “The house of Blue Leaves”
· Drama Desk Awards for “Present Laughter”, The Crucifer of Blood”
· Emmy Award Nominations for the miniseries “Roanoak” & “Angels in America”.