Joanna Johnston

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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[edit]

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 Hellraiser (1987). 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), The Polar Express (2004), and Allied (2016) for which she received her second nomination for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

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.[1]

Johnston also designed the costumes for two of M. Night Shyamalan's first features The Sixth Sense (1999) and Unbreakable (2000).

She currently lives in America.


Movie[2] Year
The Witches 2020
Welcome to Marwen 2018
Allied 2016
The BFG 2016
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 2015
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 2015
Jack the Giant Killer 2013
Lincoln 2012
War Horse 2011
10 Minute Tales (TV series short) Statuesque 2009
The Boat That Rocked AKA Pirate Radio 2009
Valkyrie 2008
The Spiderwick Chronicles 2008
Munich 2005
War of the Worlds 2005
The Polar Express 2004
Love Actually 2003
About a Boy 2002
Cast Away 2000
Unbreakable 2000
The Sixth Sense 1999
Saving Private Ryan 1998
Contact 1997
French Kiss 1995
Forrest Gump 1994
Death Becomes Her 1992
Far and Away 1992
Back to the Future Part III 1990
Back to the Future Part II 1989
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989
Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988
Hellraiser 1987
Out of Africa 1985


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