We Made It: 'Carol' costume designer Sandy Powell

If there is a successor to the great Hollywood costume designer Edith Head, it is Sandy Powell, the British designer of six films directed by Martin Scorsese, three each by Todd Haynes and Neil Jordan, and others by the likes of Derek Jarman, Sally Potter, Stephen Frears and Julie Taymor. Powell’s recent Oscar nominations for designing the costumes for Haynes’s Carol and Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella raised her total to 12: her wins have come for Shakespeare in Love, Scorsese’s The Aviator, and Young Victoria.

For all the fairytale flamboyance of Powell’s Cinderella gowns and tunics, closer scrutiny is invited by the subtle looks she created for early 1950s lovers Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) and Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), as well as for Carol’s husband Harge (Kyle Chandler), her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson), and Therese’s young male friends. Our interview with Powell, which took place last November, focuses on her designs for Haynes’s vision of repressive pre-Eisenhower America, rather than for Disney’s latest magic kingdom.

Read the full interview on theartsdesk.com.

 

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