Sandy Powell (costume designer)

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Sandy Powell
Sandy Powell (Berlin Film Festival 2011).jpg

April 7, 1960

(age 52)
London, England

Sandy Powell OBE (born 7 April 1960) is a British costume designer who has been nominated ten times for the Academy Award . She won the Oscar in 1999 for the film Shakespeare in Love, in 2005 for The Aviator, and in 2010 for The Young Victoria. She has received nine BAFTA nominations, winning in 1999 for Velvet Goldmine and 2010 for The Young Victoria. She won numerous other awards in costume design for the latter film.

She went to Saint Martin's School of Art, London,[1][2] before completing her degree, due to offers of work from, amongst others, Derek Jarman. Whilst at Central[clarification needed], the renowned theatre designer Pamela Howard,[citation needed] then first year tutor, told Powell that there was nothing that she could teach her.[citation needed]

She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to the film industry.[3]

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  1. ^ Rhiannon Harries (05 September 2010). How We Met: Lea Anderson & Sandy Powell. The Independent. Accessed August 2013.
  2. ^ Ide, Wendy (15 February 2008). "Sandy Powell on what it takes to be a costume designer". Times Online. Times Newspapers. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59647. p. 12. 31 December 2010.

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