Catherine's rich and distinctive aesthetic has been an essential ingredient in Baz Luhrmann's feature films, operas, plays and live events for twenty odd years.
For her work on Moulin Rouge! Catherine won two Academy Awards for Costume Design and Art Direction; Australian Flim Institute (AFI) Awards for Best Production Design and Best Costume Design; a Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Production Design and numerous other awards.
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (on which she was associate producer), won Catherine a British Academy Award (BAFTA) for Best Production Design and a Academy Award Nomination for Best Art Direction.
Three years earlier in 1993, Catherine made her film debut with Luhrmann designing the hugely successful Strictly Ballroom, for which she won Best Production Design and Best Costume Design at both the BAFTA and AFI Awards.
Other projects she has worked on in past years have been: Luhrmann's production of Lake Lost for the Australian Opera, Puccini's opera La Boheme and the extended stage version of Strictly Ballroom; Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Australian Opera, Neil Armfield's production of Diary of a Madman starring Geoffrey Rush, and Baz Luhrmann's recent feature film, the epic Australia starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.
In 2004 Catherine designed the look of the lavish Chanel No.5: The Film global campaign starring Nicole Kidman, working with legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld on costumes.