British costume designer Sandy Powell will be honored with a fellowship at this year’s BAFTA Film Awards – the arts charity’s highest honour, and the first time it has gone to a costume designer.
Powell – for which he has three Oscars to his name Shakespeare in love, aviator And Young Victoria – The award will be presented at a ceremony in London on Sunday, February 19, in recognition of outstanding contributions to film.
He has been mastering his craft for over three decades, with his body of work including: Dear, Interview with a Vampire, crying game, Mary Poppins Returns, cinderella, The Wolf of Wall Street, Irishman And Velvet Goldmine.
Powell received her first BAFTA and Oscar nominations orlando, Three BAFTA Award wins for Best Costume Design from five nominations.
As part of her fellowship, she will work with up-and-coming costume designers through BAFTA’s Talent Programme.
After receiving his fellowship, Powell said:
“I am extremely happy to receive the BAFTA Fellowship and especially proud to be the first costume designer. I am lucky to love what I do and have been extremely privileged to collaborate with some of the most talented and inspiring people in the industry behind and in front of the camera. I look forward to many more years.”
Jane Millichip, CEO of BAFTA, said:
“Sandy Powell is not only a great designer, she is also a great storyteller. Her costumes mesmerize in their beauty, but they also brilliantly explain the narrative and provide the framework for the characters. For more than three decades, Sandy has raised awareness for the craft of costume design in film and The film provided a spotlight for designers at work. We look forward to honoring Sandy’s work at our EE BAFTA Film Awards this month and working with her next year to inspire the next generation of costume designers and storytellers.