Monday, March 1, 2010

VERONICA Colleen Atwood

“Costumes are the first impression that you have of the character before they open their mouths – it really does establish who they are”.

Born in 1950, Colleen Atwood is a well known American costume designer. She began her career in the early years of her life as a fashion advisor.
In this era of film, Colleen is recognised as a genius in creating vibrant, eye-catching, costumes and appropriate lower key clothing for more character driven films.

She came to fame from her work on Sting’s Bring on the Rose Night World Tour. She then ventured into the world of costume design by doing theatre and film, producing costumes for over 50 films to date.

Showing a keen ability in creating unforgettable and appropriate wardrobe Atwood has worked with directors Rob Marshall (Chicago, Memoirs of A Geisha), Michael Mann (Public Enemies) , Jonathon Demme (Beloved) and a multiple of films for Tim Burton (Sleepy Hollow, Big Fish, Planet of the Apes, Sweeny Todd).

Colleen Atwood won herself 2 Oscars and has won Best Costume Design awards for a multiple of films such as, Chicago, Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events, and Sweeny Todd.
She won herself a first Oscar nomination for her 1860’s era gowns in “Little Women”, not only for creating breathtaking styles of the Civil War but also the genteel poverty of a New England family long lost its better days.

Colleen piled magnificent clothing on Tim Burton’s 1799 set gothic horror fable “Sleep Hollow” characters with beautiful lined and fitted waist coat with ear-appropriate hand detailing. Her evocative costumes then earned her a well deserved third Academy Award Nomination (with Beloved being her second).

In 2007 she went back to designing lush, dramatic folds of history which then earned her a 7th Academy Award nomination for a memorably outfitting everyone from Urchins to Woblemen in Burton’s “Sweeny Todd: The Barber of the Fleet Street.”

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