Sandy Powell

Academy Award-winning costume designer

Sandy Powell is an award-winning costume designer. Raised in London, she did a foundation course at St Martin’s School of Art and then studied theatre design at Central School of Art and Design. Her career began after dancer and choreographer Lindsay Kemp commissioned her to design and make the costumes for his show about the ballet dancer Nijinsky. She went on to work in film after she was mentored by the director Derek Jarman.

To date she has won three Academy Awards for Best Costume Design for her work on the movies Shakespeare in Love, The Aviator and The Young Victoria. This year she has been Oscar-nominated for both Carol and Cinderella. In 2011 she was awarded the OBE for services to the film industry.