Costume Design

Milena Canonero (Costume designer)  

Milena Canonero is an costume designer from Italy. She studied art, design history and costume design before move to England in 1960's. In London, she started her first work in small theatre, film production and met many directors at that time. As visiting the set of '2001:a Space Odyssey', she was introduced to its director Stanley Kubrick, who gave her her first film job as a costume designer with 'A Clockwork Orange' in 1971. Four years later she co-designed the beautiful costumes for 'Barry Lyndon' in 1975 which scooped her the first of her three Academy Awards.
'Works from Chariots of Fire(1981)' became her second Oscar win. She also worked for television series Miami Vice in 1986. In 2006, she won her third Oscar for Marie Antoinette.

Canonero was involved in The Grand Budapest Hotel from concept to realization. The goal was to immerse viewers into the Republic of Zubrowka during the interbellum. She also found some great partners in doing so. Prada made Joplin’s (Willem Dafoe) wonderfully detailed leather trench and Madame D.’s (Tilda Swinton) 21-piece luggage (as Louis Vuitton once did before them), and Fendi provided its signature mink embellishments to her Klimt-inspired coat. Apart from Klimt, photographers like Augustus Sand, Man Ray, George Hurrell, and painters like Kees van Dongen, Tamara de Lempicka and George Grosz served as inspiration. 

“The look of each actor has to have its raison d’être.” says Canonero to Vanity Fair. In this case, Tilda Swinton’s coat and Willem Dafoe’s Prada leather trench were important pieces for their characters. For Mr. Gustave that translated to the color of his uniforms.

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