Catherine Martin (designer)
26 January 1965 |
Lindfield, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Alma mater||Sydney College of the Arts
East Sydney Technical College
National Institute of Dramatic Arts
|Occupation||Costume designer, production designer, set designer, and film producer|
|Spouse(s)||Baz Luhrmann (1997–present)|
2003 'La Boheme'
Life and career
Martin was born in Lindfield, New South Wales. She went to school at North Sydney Girls High School. As a schoolgirl, she worked as an usherette at the Roseville theatre. She studied visual arts at the Sydney College of the Arts, and pattern cutting at East Sydney Technical College. She did a Diploma Design Course at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in Sydney, where she started collaborating with her collegemate Baz Luhrmann (now her husband).
Catherine Martin designed sets and costumes for Luhrmann's one-act stage precursor of Strictly Ballroom. After completing studies, she worked as a designer on Luhrmann's production of "Lake Lost" (1988). In 1989, she designed the sets for an Australian stage production of Diary of a Madman starring Geoffrey Rush. She worked on Luhrmann's La Bohème (1990) and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
She recreated her designs for screen-version of Strictly Ballroom (1992), for which she won two Australian Film Institute Awards (Best Production design and Best Costume design). She won an Oscar nomination (as a production designer) for Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet (1996). She also made her debut as an associate producer for the same film. She married Luhrmann on her 32nd birthday, 26 January 1997.
Their third feature collaboration was Moulin Rouge! (2001), the last in Luhrmann's The Red Curtain Trilogy. She designed the sets and co-designed the costumes with Angus Strathie. The feature earned her two Academy Awards: for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.
In 2002, she adapted her set and costume designs for Luhrmann's Broadway adaptation of La Bohème, for which she won Broadway's 2003 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical and won a nomination as Best Costume Designer (along with Angus Strathie).
She designed Nicole Kidman's vintage wardrobe for her husband's 2008 film Australia. In 2009, she received a fourth Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Costume Design for Australia, but lost the award to Michael O'Connor for The Duchess.
She has also launched a range of home wares, featuring paints, wallpaper and rugs.
She met her husband, Baz Luhrmann, in college and the pair wed in 1997. The couple have two children together: a girl, Lillian Amanda Luhrmann, born on 10 October 2003 and a boy, William Alexander Luhrmann, who was born on 8 June 2005
- Art Directors Guild Award, Period/Fantasy Feature, Moulin Rouge! 2001
- Australian Film Institute Award, Best Production Design, Moulin Rouge! 2001
- Australian Film Institute Award, Best Costume Design, Moulin Rouge! 2001
- Golden Satellite, Best Production Design, Moulin Rouge! 2001
- Golden Satellite, Best Costume Design, Moulin Rouge! 2001
- Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, Best Production Design, Moulin Rouge!, 2001 
- Academy Award for Costume Design, Australia, 2008 (Nominated)
- Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Moulin Rouge!, 2001 
- Academy Award for Costume Design, Moulin Rouge!, 2001 
- San Diego Film Critics Society Award, Best Production Design Moulin Rouge! 2001
- Australian Film Institute Byron Kennedy Award, 1999
- BAFTA Award, Best Production Design, William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, 1997
- Golden Satellite, Best Art Direction, William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, 1996
- Australian Film Institute Award, Best Production Design, Strictly Ballroom, 1992
- Australian Film Institute Award, Best Costume Design, Strictly Ballroom, 1992
- Sydney Theatre Critics' Circle Award, Best Design, A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Victorian Green Room Award, Best Design of an Opera, A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Victorian Green Room Award, Best Design of an Opera, Lake Lost
- Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design, La Bohème
- Caroline Overington (2002-03-26). "Two Oscars, but only one Baz". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
- "Catherine Martin nabs Oscar nomination for Australia". Sydney Morning Herald. 2009-01-23. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
- Alev Aktar (2002-11-21). "Catherine Martin revives '50s fashion in the new Broadway version of 'La Bohˆme'". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
- "Vintage Australia". The Telegraph. 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
- "Catherine Martin". Retrieved 2012-12-16.
- "Celeb Detail : Catherine Martin". Archived from the original on 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2012-12-16.