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Johnston's work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit
was the first of many collaborations with director Robert Zemeckis.
Joanna Johnston is an English costume designer who has worked extensively in films, particularly in America. She is especially known for her collaborations with Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis.
Life and career
Initially Johnston worked in the theatre but in 1978 she became the assistant costume designer (albeit uncredited) on Death on the Nile. This was followed the next year by work on Roman Polanski's Tess. Still an assistant costume designer, Johnston worked for the first time with Spielberg on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and The Color Purple (1985).
Her first feature film costume design credit was 1987's Hellraiser. A year later she worked with Robert Zemeckis on the highly successful Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The working relationship with Zemeckis continued through Back to the Future Part II (1989), Back to the Future Part III (1990), Death Becomes Her (1992), Contact (1997), Cast Away (2000) and The Polar Express (2004).
Johnston's long working relationship with Steven Spielberg includes her work for the film Munich
In 1989 Spielberg hired her as designer on Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and they worked together again on Saving Private Ryan (1998), War of the Worlds (2005), Munich (also 2005) and War Horse (2011). Their latest collaboration is Lincoln for which she received her first nomination for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design, but lost to three-time nominee Jacqueline Durran, respectively.
Johnston also designed the costumes for two of M. Night Shyamalan's first features The Sixth Sense (1999) and Unbreakable (2000).
She now lives in America.
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