Suttirat Anne Larlarb

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Suttirat Anne Larlarb (born 1971)[1] is an American costume designer, art director and production designer.[2] She is also an Associate Professor in Costume Design at Carnegie Mellon University.[3]


A 'dove bike', designed by Larlarb, at the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony

Larlarb's parents are both Thai, and came to the US as Fulbright scholars. Her father went on to become a heart surgeon.[4] Larlarb was born in North Carolina[5] and raised in Ventura County, California. She was interested in drawing from an early age, and attended Stanford University where she studied studio art, before winning a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship and entering Yale University's School of Drama MFA program, where she studied under Ming Cho Lee.[2][5] She joined the faculty of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in October 2013.[3]

Larlarb moved to London after graduating, and worked as Assistant Designer, responsible for sets and costumes, to theatrical designer Richard Hudson.[2] The first major film on which she worked was Danny Boyle's The Beach; Larlarb has worked many times with Boyle since, both in film productions (Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours and Trance), theatrical productions (Frankenstein), and for the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London.

Larlarb was Designer of the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, together with Mark Tildesley. She also designed the costumes and the 'dove bikes'.[6] She spoke of the creative brainstorming process in developing the ceremony between Boyle, Tildesley and writer Frank Cottrell Boyce: "It was so open. It could be anything. We were bouncing around every idea that came into your head about what was essentially British. Not being British, I could represent what the world thought Britain meant. Our mantra was that everything should feel human-scale: individual and idiosyncratic, less about slickness and perfection."[7] For her work on the ceremony, Larlarb was listed as one of "London's 1000 most influential people 2012" by the London Evening Standard, which commented that "the extraordinary dove bikes [were] her proudest achievement."[8]

Selected stage work[edit]


Year Film Role Notes
1991 Shelf Life (short film) Art Director
1998 Back to Even Art Director (as Anne Larlarb)
2000 The Beach Art Department Assistant (as Suttirat 'Anne' Larlarb)
2001 Enigma Assistant Art Director (as Suttirat Larlarb)
2001 Serendipity Art Director (re-shoots)
2001 K-PAX Art Director (New York) (as Suttirat Larlarb)
2002 Gunplay (short film) Production Designer
2002 Men in Black II Assistant Art Director (New York) (as Suttirat Larlarb)
2003 Ash Tuesday Production Designer
2003 A Foreign Affair (released on DVD as Two Brothers and a Bride) Production Designer (Mexico)
2004 Alfie Art Director (New York)
2004 Garfield: The Movie Art Director (as Suttirat Larlarb)
2005 The Skeleton Key Art Director (New Orleans)
2006 The Namesake Art Director (as Suttirat Larlarb)
2007 The Savages Art Director (as Suttirat Larlarb)
2007 Sunshine Costume Designer
2008 My Sassy Girl Art Director
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Costume Designer Costume Designers Guild Award for Excellence in Contemporary Film[13]
2010 127 Hours Production Designer
Costume Designer
(as Suttirat Larlarb). Nominated—Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design for a Contemporary Film
2010 The American Costume Designer
2010 The Extra Man Costume Designer
2010 Peacock Costume Designer
2011 Beastly Costume Designer (as Suttirat Larlarb)
2011 Cinema Verite Costume Designer Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special
2013 Trance Costume Designer
2015 Steve Jobs Costume Designer


  1. ^ "Road to 2012: Year 2 Changing Pace: Suttirat Anne Larlarb b.1971 by Emma Hardy". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Van Gilder Cooke, Sonia (March–April 2011). "Worlds of Her Making". Stanford Magazine. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Five Questions for New Faculty Member Suttirat Larlarb". Carnegie Mellon University. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  4. ^ Hanel, Marnie (11 February 2011). "From Sketch to Still, a Visual History of 127 Hours' Set Design". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d Macauley, Scott (17 August 2010). "Dressing George Clooney: Costume Designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb on The American". Focus Features. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  6. ^ Hoggard, Liz (30 July 2012). "Team DB: the people who helped create Danny Boyle's extraordinary vision". Evening Standard. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  7. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (January 2013) [November 2012]], "Oblivion with Bells", Q, 318: 82–88
  8. ^ "London's 1000 most influential people 2012: Creatives, Theatre". Evening Standard. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  9. ^ Bennett, Ray (24 February 2011). "Frankenstein: Theater Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  10. ^ "'Of Mice and Men' Broadway", accessed February 14, 2016
  11. ^ "Waitress A.R.T. Season Credits". American Repertory Theater. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Broadway-Bound Musical Waitress Is Going to Make Some History". Playbill. 1 December 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  13. ^ ""Slumdog" tops costume designer nods". Reuters. 18 February 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2012.

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