Milena Canonero

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Milena Canonero
Born 1946 (age 68–69)
Turin, Italy
Occupation Costume designer
Spouse(s) Marshall Bell

Milena Canonero (Born 1946) is an Italian costume designer, who has work for both film and stage productions. She has won three Academy Awards for Best Costume design, and been nominated for the award nine times.


Born in Turin, Italy, Canonero studied art, design history and costume design in Genoa. She then moved to England, where she began working in small theatre and film productions. While designing for commercials in London, she met many film directors.[1]

Her first major film work as a costume designer was in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971). She worked with Kubrick again in Barry Lyndon (1975), for which she won her first Oscar, together with Ulla-Britt Söderlund. Her second win was for Chariots of Fire (1981), directed by Hugh Hudson.

She is married to actor Marshall Bell.

Canonero has also designed the costumes for several stagings directed by Otto Schenk, such as Il trittico (Puccini, Vienna State Opera 1979), As You Like It (Shakespeare, Salzburg Festival 1980), Die Fledermaus (Strauss, Vienna State Opera 1980), Andrea Chénier (Giordano, Vienna State Opera 1981), and Arabella (Strauss, Metropolitan Opera 1983). For director Luc Bondy she created the costumes for new productions of Puccini's Tosca (Metropolitan Opera, 2009), and of Euripides' Helena (Burgtheater, Vienna, 2010).

In 1986, Canonero became the costume designer for the television series Miami Vice.

In 2001, Canonero received the Career Achievement Award in Film from the Costume Designers Guild. She won her third Oscar for Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette (2006).

She received her ninth nomination at the 87th Academy Awards for the film The Grand Budapest Hotel. [2] As well as a nomination for the BAFTA.


Year Award Category Production
1976 Academy Award Best Costume Design Barry Lyndon (1975)
1982 Academy Award Best Costume Design Chariots of Fire (1981)
2007 Academy Award Best Costume Design Marie Antoinette (2006)
1982 BAFTA Award Best Costume Design Chariots of Fire (1981)
1986 BAFTA Award Best Costume Design The Cotton Club (1984)


  1. ^ "Milena Canonero". Costume Designers Guild Website. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  2. ^ "87th Academy Awards". Retrieved January 15, 2015. 

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She also was the Costume Designer for the movie "The Sining" of Stanley Kubrick (1980).