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The Oscar winning Sandy Powell and collaborator with Scorsese in a garden
Sandy Powell. © Brigitte Lacombe


ACMI and the Melbourne International Film Festival Present

Sandy Powell: Masterclass in Costume Design

4 Aug

Celebrate the SCORSESE exhibition and join one of the master filmmaker’s long time collaborators, BAFTA and Oscar winning designer Sandy Powell OBE, as she delivers a masterclass on costume design and gives a fascinating insight into her extraordinary career.

From working closely with Scorsese on films including The Aviator, Gangs of New York and Wolf of Wall Street, to the collaborative process of designing costume for celebrated films such as Carol and Cinderella, the acclaimed designer will appear at ACMI for a special night of conversation hosted by Associate Professor Jessica Bugg (School of Fashion and Textiles, RMIT) to explore her iconic work, her influences, and her creative partnerships with Scorsese and a range of legendary filmmakers.

  • Powell, who has won the Academy Award for Costume Design three times for Shakespeare in Love (1998), The Aviator (2004), and The Young Victoria (2009), and has been nominated a total of twelve times, is renowned for her ability to form long lasting, creative collaborations with a diverse range of auteurs. Across a career spanning over 3 decades, Powell has helped shape the celebrated films of Derek Jarman (Caravaggio, The Last of England), Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Michael Collins, The Butcher Boy), Todd Hayes (Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven, Carol) and of course, Martin Scorsese.

    When it comes to working with Scorsese – with whom she has worked with on six films to date – Powell says there is always serious attention to detail. "When an actor comes onto the set wearing a costume for the first time, he'll actually go and touch them and touch the cloth," she states. "He's always very interested."

    Providing a rare insight into her interconnected work with such celebrated directors, Powell will explore her own creative processes and will look back over a body of work that has positioned her as one of the most highly acclaimed designers in the film industry in this very special masterclass event.