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Academy Award for Costume Design

Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1948
Currently held by Jacqueline Durran
Anna Karenina (2012)
Official website

The Academy Award for Best Costume Design is one of the Academy Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) for achievement in film costume design.[1]

The award was first given for films made in 1948. Initially, separate award categories were established for black-and-white films and color films. Since the merger of the two categories in 1967, the Academy has traditionally avoided giving out the award to contemporary films.[2]


The Academy Award for Best Costume Design is given out annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for the best achievement of film costume design of the previous year. Films that are eligible for the award must meet a series of criteria, including the requirement that the costumes must have been "conceived" by a costume designer. For this particular criteria, each submission is reviewed by the costume designer members of the Art Directors Branch prior to the ballot process. Further rules include that the nominee(s) be only the principal costume designer(s), that the five films that receive the highest amount of votes will become the ceremony's nominations for final voting, and that the final voting will only be undertaken by active and life members of the Academy.[3]


The Academy Award for Best Costume Design was first given out at the 21st Academy Awards,[4] held on March 24, 1949. The award had two subcategories, one for Black and white film and one for films in color.[5] At the 30th Academy Awards, held on March 26, 1958, these two subcategories were merged into one,[6] which was the result of the Academy reducing the number of competitive categories from 30 to 24.[7] The 32nd Academy Awards saw the category again be split into two for recognition of both Black and white and color film.[8] Eight years later, the Academy Award for Best Costume Design, along with two other awards, were each combined into their own single category recognizing achievement in film.[9]

From 1949 to 1966, most Academy Awards for Best Costume Design in Black and White were given to a contemporary movie. On the other hand, epics, fantasies, and musicals dominated the color category.[10] Since the merger into one singular category for color films in 1967, films set in modern times have won only twice, despite the majority of those nominated being contemporary.[10]


Category Name Superlative Year Notes Reference
Most Awards Edith Head 8 awards 1973 Awards resulted from 35 nominations. [11]
Most Nominations Edith Head 35 nominations 1977 Nominations resulted in 8 awards. [12]

Jean Louis received fifteen nominations.[13] Sandy Powell, Anthony Powell, Milena Canonero, Colleen Atwood and James Acheson currently hold three Academy Awards each.[14]

Multiple nominations

The following 81 designers have received multiple nominations for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design. This list is sorted by the number of total awards (with the number of total nominations listed in parentheses).

Winners and nominees


Year Category Winner Nominees Ref
Black and white Hamlet
Roger K. Furse
Color Joan of Arc
Dorothy Jeakins and Barbara Karinska
Black and white The Heiress
Edith Head and Gile Steele
Color Adventures of Don Juan
Marjorie Best, Leah Rhodes and William Travilla


Year Category Winner Nominees Ref
Black and white All About Eve
Edith Head, Charles LeMaire
Color Samson and Delilah
Edith Head, Charles LeMaire, Dorothy Jeakins, Elois Jenssen, Gile Steele, Gwen Wakeling
Black and white A Place in the Sun
Edith Head
Color An American in Paris
Orry-Kelly, Walter Plunkett, Irene Sharaff
Black and white The Bad and the Beautiful
Helen Rose
Color Moulin Rouge
Marcel Vertès
Black and white Roman Holiday
Edith Head
Color The Robe
Charles LeMaire, Emile Santiago
Black and white Sabrina
Edith Head
Color Gate of Hell
Sanzo Wada
Black and white I'll Cry Tomorrow
Helen Rose
Color Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
Charles LeMaire
Black and white The Solid Gold Cadillac
Jean Louis
Color The King and I
Irene Sharaff

From 1957 onwards, the award merged into one category.

Year Winner Nominees Ref
1957 Les Girls
1958 Gigi
Cecil Beaton

For 1959 the Award was again divided into two awards.

Year Category Winner Nominees Ref
Black and white Some Like It Hot
Color Ben-Hur
Elizabeth Haffenden


Year Category Winner Nominees Ref
Black and white The Facts of Life
Edith Head and Edward Stevenson
Color Spartacus
Arlington Valles, Bill Thomas
Black and white La Dolce Vita
Piero Gherardi
Color West Side Story
Irene Sharaff
Black and white What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Norma Koch
Color The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
Mary Wills
Black and white
Piero Gherardi
Color Cleopatra
Renie Conley, Vittorio Nino Novarese and Irene Sharaff
Black and white The Night of the Iguana
Dorothy Jeakins
Color My Fair Lady
Cecil Beaton
Black and white Darling
Julie Harris
Color Doctor Zhivago
Phyllis Dalton
Black and white Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Irene Sharaff
Color A Man for All Seasons
Elizabeth Haffenden

From 1967 the category was merged permanently.

Year Winner Nominees Ref
1967 Camelot
John Truscott
1968 Romeo and Juliet
Danilo Donati
1969 Anne of the Thousand Days
Margaret Furse


Year Winner Nominees Ref
1970 Cromwell
Vittorio Nino Novarese
1971 Nicholas and Alexandra
Yvonne Blake and Antonio Castillo
1972 Travels with My Aunt
Anthony Powell
1973 The Sting
Edith Head
1974 The Great Gatsby
Theoni V. Aldredge
1975 Barry Lyndon
Milena Canonero and Ulla-Britt Soderlund
1976 Fellini's Casanova
Danilo Donati
1977 Star Wars
John Mollo
1978 Death on the Nile
Anthony Powell
1979 All That Jazz
Albert Wolsky


Year Winner Nominees Ref
1980 Tess
Anthony Powell
1981 Chariots of Fire
Milena Canonero
1982 Gandhi
Bhanu Athaiya and John Mollo
1983 Fanny and Alexander
Marik Vos
1984 Amadeus
Theodor Pistek
1985 Ran
Emi Wada
1986 A Room with a View
Jenny Beavan and John Bright
1987 The Last Emperor
James Acheson
1988 Dangerous Liaisons
James Acheson
1989 Henry V
Phyllis Dalton


Year Winner Nominees Ref
1990 Cyrano de Bergerac
Franca Squarciapino
1991 Bugsy
Albert Wolsky
1992 Bram Stoker's Dracula
Eiko Ishioka
1993 The Age of Innocence
Gabriella Pescucci
1994 The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner
1995 Restoration
James Acheson
1996 The English Patient
Ann Roth
1997 Titanic
Deborah Lynn Scott
1998 Shakespeare in Love
Sandy Powell
1999 Topsy-Turvy
Lindy Hemming


Year Winner Nominees Ref
2000 Gladiator
Janty Yates
2001 Moulin Rouge!
Catherine Martin and Angus Strathie
2002 Chicago
Colleen Atwood
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Ngila Dickson and Richard Taylor
2004 The Aviator
Sandy Powell
2005 Memoirs of a Geisha
Colleen Atwood
2006 Marie Antoinette
Milena Canonero
2007 Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Alexandra Byrne
2008 The Duchess
Michael O'Connor
2009 The Young Victoria
Sandy Powell


Year Movie Costume Designer
Alice in Wonderland Colleen Atwood
I Am Love Antonella Cannarozzi
The King's Speech Jenny Beavan
The Tempest Sandy Powell
True Grit Mary Zophres
The Artist Mark Bridges
Anonymous Lisy Christl
Hugo Sandy Powell
Jane Eyre Michael O'Connor
W.E. Arianne Phillips
Anna Karenina Jacqueline Durran
Les Misérables Paco Delgado
Lincoln Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror Eiko Ishioka (posthumous nomination)
Snow White and the Huntsman Colleen Atwood

See also


External links

  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences official site

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