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Women in Film: Costume Designer Colleen Atwood

Colleen Atwood has had a long and exciting career as a costume designer for some of Hollywood’s most beloved films (including, the actual film Beloved). With three Oscar wins and ten nominations, Atwood has established herself as one of the most acclaimed designers in the history of the craft.

“Costumes are the first impression that you have of the character before they open their mouth-it really does establish who they are.”

“As a designer, you have to solve a lot of problems. Even though people are wearing clothes that are supposed to look beautiful, they’ll have to do all kinds of things.”

Fun Facts:

  • Colleen Atwood was born in Yakima, Washington in 1948.
  • She studied art at Cornish College of Arts and New York University.
  • Her first movie gig was as a production assistant on the film Ragtime.
  • Her career breakthrough occurred when she met  Tim Burton.
  • She has been involved with over 50 films to date.
  • She was the lead costume designer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey between 2005 & 2006.
  • She has designed costumes/uniforms for the band My Chemical Romance.
  • Her favorite designers include Alexander McQueen, Azzedine Alaia, and Yohji Yamamoto.



Awards & Nominations

Academy Awards

BAFTA Awards

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