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Academy Award for Best Costume Design

Academy Award for Best Costume Design
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
First awarded1949
Most recent winnerJacqueline Durran
Little Women (2019)

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

The award was first given in 1949, 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 films with a contemporary setting.[2]

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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 number 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]

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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 films in black and white 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 three times.[11] The three contemporary-set winners have been Travels with My Aunt, All That Jazz, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.[11] All other winners during this period have been set in the past or in a science-fictional or fantasy setting.

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Winners and nominees

Most wins and nominations

Edith Head won eight times[12] and been nominated 35 times in all,[13] both the most in history. Milena Canonero and Colleen Atwood are the most honored living designers, with four awards each.[14]


Year Film Nominees
Hamlet Roger K. Furse
B.F.'s Daughter Irene
Joan of Arc Dorothy Jeakins and Karinska
The Emperor Waltz Edith Head and Gile Steele
The Heiress Edith Head and Gile Steele
Prince of Foxes Vittorio Nino Novarese
Adventures of Don Juan Leah Rhodes, Travilla and Marjorie Best
Mother Is a Freshman Kay Nelson


Year Film Nominees
All About Eve Edith Head and Charles LeMaire
Born Yesterday Jean Louis
The Magnificent Yankee Walter Plunkett
Samson and Delilah Edith Head, Dorothy Jeakins, Elois Jenssen, Gile Steele and Gwen Wakeling
The Black Rose Michael Whittaker
That Forsyte Woman Walter Plunkett and Valles
A Place in the Sun Edith Head
Kind Lady Walter Plunkett and Gile Steele (posthumously)
The Model and the Marriage Broker Charles LeMaire and Renié
The Mudlark Edward Stevenson and Margaret Furse
A Streetcar Named Desire Lucinda Ballard
An American in Paris Orry-Kelly, Walter Plunkett and Irene Sharaff
David and Bathsheba Charles LeMaire and Edward Stevenson
The Great Caruso Helen Rose and Gile Steele (posthumously)
Quo Vadis Herschel McCoy
Tales of Hoffmann Hein Heckroth
The Bad and the Beautiful Helen Rose
Affair in Trinidad Jean Louis
Carrie Edith Head
My Cousin Rachel Charles LeMaire and Dorothy Jeakins
Sudden Fear Sheila O'Brien
Moulin Rouge Marcel Vertès
The Greatest Show on Earth Edith Head, Dorothy Jeakins and Miles White
Hans Christian Andersen Clavé, Mary Wills and Madame Karinska
The Merry Widow Helen Rose and Gile Steele (posthumously)
With a Song in My Heart Charles LeMaire
Roman Holiday Edith Head
The Actress Walter Plunkett
Dream Wife Helen Rose and Herschel McCoy
From Here to Eternity Jean Louis
The President's Lady Charles LeMaire and Renié
The Robe Charles LeMaire and Emile Santiago
The Band Wagon Mary Ann Nyberg
Call Me Madam Irene Sharaff
How to Marry a Millionaire Charles LeMaire and Travilla
Young Bess Walter Plunkett
Sabrina Edith Head
The Earrings of Madame de... Georges Annenkov and Rosine Delamare
Executive Suite Helen Rose
Indiscretion of an American Wife Christian Dior
It Should Happen to You Jean Louis
Gate of Hell Sanzo Wada
Brigadoon Irene Sharaff
Desiree Charles LeMaire and René Hubert
A Star Is Born Jean Louis, Mary Ann Nyberg and Irene Sharaff
There's No Business Like Show Business Charles LeMaire, William Travilla and Miles White
I'll Cry Tomorrow Helen Rose
The Pickwick Papers Beatrice Dawson
Queen Bee Jean Louis
The Rose Tattoo Edith Head
Ugetsu Tadaoto Kainosho
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing Charles LeMaire
Guys and Dolls Irene Sharaff
Interrupted Melody Helen Rose
To Catch a Thief Edith Head
The Virgin Queen Charles LeMaire and Mary Wills
The Solid Gold Cadillac Jean Louis
Seven Samurai Kohei Ezaki
The Power and the Prize Helen Rose
The Proud and Profane Edith Head
Teenage Rebel Charles LeMaire and Mary Wills
The King and I Irene Sharaff
Around the World in 80 Days Miles White
Giant Moss Mabry and Marjorie Best
The Ten Commandments Edith Head, Ralph Jester, John Jensen, Dorothy Jeakins and Arnold Friberg
War and Peace Maria De Matteis
[note 1]
Les Girls Orry-Kelly
An Affair to Remember Charles LeMaire
Funny Face Edith Head and Hubert de Givenchy
Pal Joey Jean Louis
Raintree County Walter Plunkett
[note 1]
Gigi Cecil Beaton
Bell, Book and Candle Jean Louis
The Buccaneer Ralph Jester, Edith Head and John Jensen
A Certain Smile Charles LeMaire and Mary Wills
Some Came Running Walter Plunkett
Some Like It Hot Orry-Kelly
Career Edith Head
The Diary of Anne Frank Charles LeMaire and Mary Wills
The Gazebo Helen Rose
The Young Philadelphians Howard Shoup
Ben-Hur Elizabeth Haffenden
The Best of Everything Adele Palmer
The Big Fisherman Renié
The Five Pennies Edith Head
Porgy and Bess Irene Sharaff


Year Film Nominees
The Facts of Life Edith Head and Edward Stevenson
Never on Sunday Denny Vachlioti
The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond Howard Shoup
Seven Thieves Bill Thomas
The Virgin Spring Marik Vos
Spartacus Valles and Bill Thomas
Can-Can Irene Sharaff
Midnight Lace Irene
Pepe Edith Head
Sunrise at Campobello Marjorie Best
La Dolce Vita Piero Gherardi
The Children's Hour Dorothy Jeakins
Claudelle Inglish Howard Shoup
Judgment at Nuremberg Jean Louis
Yojimbo Yoshirō Muraki
West Side Story Irene Sharaff
Babes in Toyland Bill Thomas
Back Street Jean Louis
Flower Drum Song Irene Sharaff
Pocketful of Miracles Edith Head and Walter Plunkett
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Norma Koch
Days of Wine and Roses Don Feld
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Edith Head
The Miracle Worker Ruth Morley
Phaedra Denny Vachlioti
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm Mary Wills
Bon Voyage! Bill Thomas
Gypsy Orry-Kelly
The Music Man Dorothy Jeakins
My Geisha Edith Head
Piero Gherardi
Love with the Proper Stranger Edith Head
The Stripper Travilla
Toys in the Attic Bill Thomas
Wives and Lovers Edith Head
Cleopatra Renié, Vittorio Nino Novarese and Irene Sharaff
The Cardinal Donald Brooks
How the West Was Won Walter Plunkett
The Leopard Piero Tosi
A New Kind of Love Edith Head
The Night of the Iguana Dorothy Jeakins
A House Is Not a Home Edith Head
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte Norma Koch
Kisses for My President Howard Shoup
The Visit René Hubert
My Fair Lady Cecil Beaton
Becket Margaret Furse
Mary Poppins Tony Walton
The Unsinkable Molly Brown Morton Haack
What a Way to Go! Edith Head and Moss Mabry
Darling Julie Harris
Morituri Moss Mabry
A Rage to Live Howard Shoup
Ship of Fools Jean Louis and Bill Thomas
The Slender Thread Edith Head
Doctor Zhivago Phyllis Dalton
The Agony and the Ecstasy Vittorio Nino Novarese
The Greatest Story Ever Told Marjorie Best and Vittorio Nino Novarese
Inside Daisy Clover Edith Head and Bill Thomas
The Sound of Music Dorothy Jeakins
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Irene Sharaff
The Gospel According to St. Matthew Danilo Donati
Mister Buddwing Helen Rose
Morgan! Jocelyn Rickards
A Man for All Seasons Elizabeth Haffenden and Joan Bridge
Gambit Jean Louis
Juliet of the Spirits Piero Gherardi
Hawaii Dorothy Jeakins
The Oscar Edith Head
Camelot John Truscott
Bonnie and Clyde Theadora Van Runkle
The Happiest Millionaire Bill Thomas
The Taming of the Shrew Danilo Donati and Irene Sharaff
Thoroughly Modern Millie Jean Louis
Romeo and Juliet Danilo Donati
The Lion in Winter Margaret Furse
Oliver! Phyllis Dalton
Planet of the Apes Morton Haack
Star! Donald Brooks
Anne of the Thousand Days Margaret Furse
Gaily, Gaily Ray Aghayan
Hello, Dolly! Irene Sharaff
Sweet Charity Edith Head
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Donfeld


Year Film Nominees
Cromwell Vittorio Nino Novarese
Airport Edith Head
Darling Lili Jack Bear and Donald Brooks
The Hawaiians Bill Thomas
Scrooge Margaret Furse
Nicholas and Alexandra Yvonne Blake and Antonio Castillo
Bedknobs and Broomsticks Bill Thomas
Death in Venice Piero Tosi
Mary, Queen of Scots Margaret Furse
What's the Matter with Helen? Morton Haack
Travels with My Aunt Anthony Powell
The Godfather Anna Hill Johnstone
Lady Sings the Blues Ray Aghayan, Norma Koch and Bob Mackie
The Poseidon Adventure Paul Zastupnevich
Young Winston Anthony Mendleson
The Sting Edith Head
Cries and Whispers Marik Vos
Ludwig Piero Tosi
Tom Sawyer Donfeld
The Way We Were Dorothy Jeakins and Moss Mabry
The Great Gatsby Theoni V. Aldredge
Chinatown Anthea Sylbert
Daisy Miller John Furniss
The Godfather Part II Theadora Van Runkle
Murder on the Orient Express Tony Walton
Barry Lyndon Milena Canonero and Ulla-Britt Söderlund
The Four Musketeers Yvonne Blake and Ron Talsky [note 2][41]
Funny Lady Ray Aghayan and Bob Mackie
The Magic Flute Karin Erskine and Henny Noremark
The Man Who Would Be King Edith Head
Fellini's Casanova Danilo Donati
Bound for Glory William Ware Theiss
The Incredible Sarah Anthony Mendleson
The Passover Plot Mary Wills
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Alan Barrett
Star Wars John Mollo
Airport '77 Edith Head and Burton Miller
Julia Anthea Sylbert
A Little Night Music Florence Klotz
The Other Side of Midnight Irene Sharaff
Death on the Nile Anthony Powell
Caravans Renié
Days of Heaven Patricia Norris
The Swarm Paul Zastupnevich
The Wiz Tony Walton
All That Jazz Albert Wolsky
Agatha Shirley Ann Russell
Butch and Sundance: The Early Days William Ware Theiss
La Cage aux Folles Ambra Danon and Piero Tosi
The Europeans Judy Moorcroft


Year Film Nominees
Tess Anthony Powell
The Elephant Man Patricia Norris
My Brilliant Career Anna Senior
Somewhere in Time Jean-Pierre Dorleac
When Time Ran Out Paul Zastupnevich
Chariots of Fire Milena Canonero
The French Lieutenant's Woman Tom Rand
Pennies from Heaven Bob Mackie
Ragtime Anna Hill Johnstone
Reds Shirley Ann Russell
Gandhi Bhanu Athaiya and John Mollo
Sophie's Choice Albert Wolsky
La Traviata Piero Tosi
Tron Elois Jenssen and Rosanna Norton
Victor/Victoria Patricia Norris
Fanny and Alexander Marik Vos-Lundh
Cross Creek Joe I. Tompkins
Heart Like a Wheel William Ware Theiss
The Return of Martin Guerre Anne-Marie Marchand
Zelig Santo Loquasto
Amadeus Theodor Pištěk
The Bostonians Jenny Beavan and John Bright
A Passage to India Judy Moorcroft
Places in the Heart Ann Roth
2010 Patricia Norris
Ran Emi Wada
The Color Purple Aggie Guerard Rodgers
The Journey of Natty Gann Albert Wolsky
Out of Africa Milena Canonero
Prizzi's Honor Donfeld
A Room with a View Jenny Beavan and John Bright
The Mission Enrico Sabbatini
Otello Anna Anni and Maurizio Millenotti
Peggy Sue Got Married Theadora Van Runkle
Pirates Anthony Powell
The Last Emperor James Acheson
The Dead Dorothy Jeakins
Empire of the Sun Bob Ringwood
Maurice Jenny Beavan and John Bright
The Untouchables Marilyn Vance-Straker
Dangerous Liaisons James Acheson
Coming to America Deborah Nadoolman
A Handful of Dust Jane Robinson
Sunset Patricia Norris
Tucker: The Man and His Dream Milena Canonero
Henry V Phyllis Dalton
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Gabriella Pescucci
Driving Miss Daisy Elizabeth McBride
Harlem Nights Joe I. Tompkins
Valmont Theodor Pištěk


Year Film Nominees
Cyrano de Bergerac Franca Squarciapino
Avalon Gloria Gresham
Dances with Wolves Elsa Zamparelli
Dick Tracy Milena Canonero
Hamlet Maurizio Millenotti
Bugsy Albert Wolsky
The Addams Family Ruth Myers
Barton Fink Richard Hornung
Hook Anthony Powell
Madame Bovary Corinne Jorry
Bram Stoker's Dracula Eiko Ishioka
Enchanted April Sheena Napier
Howards End Jenny Beavan and John Bright
Malcolm X Ruth E. Carter
Toys Albert Wolsky
The Age of Innocence Gabriella Pescucci
Orlando Sandy Powell
The Piano Janet Patterson
The Remains of the Day Jenny Beavan and John Bright
Schindler's List Anna B. Sheppard
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner
Bullets over Broadway Jeffrey Kurland
Little Women Colleen Atwood
Maverick April Ferry
Queen Margot Moidele Bickel
Restoration James Acheson
Braveheart Charles Knode
Richard III Shuna Harwood
Sense and Sensibility Jenny Beavan and John Bright
12 Monkeys Julie Weiss
The English Patient Ann Roth
Angels & Insects Paul Brown
Emma Ruth Myers
Hamlet Alexandra Byrne
The Portrait of a Lady Janet Patterson
Titanic Deborah Lynn Scott
Amistad Ruth E. Carter
Kundun Dante Ferretti
Oscar and Lucinda Janet Patterson
The Wings of the Dove Sandy Powell
Shakespeare in Love Sandy Powell
Beloved Colleen Atwood
Elizabeth Alexandra Byrne
Pleasantville Judianna Makovsky
Velvet Goldmine Sandy Powell
Topsy-Turvy Lindy Hemming
Anna and the King Jenny Beavan
Sleepy Hollow Colleen Atwood
The Talented Mr. Ripley Gary Jones and Ann Roth
Titus Milena Canonero


Year Film Nominees
Gladiator Janty Yates
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Tim Yip
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Rita Ryack
102 Dalmatians Anthony Powell
Quills Jacqueline West
Moulin Rouge! Catherine Martin and Angus Strathie
The Affair of the Necklace Milena Canonero
Gosford Park Jenny Beavan
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Judianna Makovsky
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Ngila Dickson and Richard Taylor
Chicago Colleen Atwood
Frida Julie Weiss
Gangs of New York Sandy Powell
The Hours Ann Roth
The Pianist Anna B. Sheppard
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Ngila Dickson and Richard Taylor
Girl with a Pearl Earring Dien van Straalen
The Last Samurai Ngila Dickson
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Wendy Stites
Seabiscuit Judianna Makovsky
The Aviator Sandy Powell
Finding Neverland Alexandra Byrne
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Colleen Atwood
Ray Sharen Davis
Troy Bob Ringwood
Memoirs of a Geisha Colleen Atwood
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Gabriella Pescucci
Mrs Henderson Presents Sandy Powell
Pride & Prejudice Jacqueline Durran
Walk the Line Arianne Phillips
Marie Antoinette Milena Canonero
Curse of the Golden Flower Chung Man Yee
The Devil Wears Prada Patricia Field
Dreamgirls Sharen Davis
The Queen Consolata Boyle
Elizabeth: The Golden Age Alexandra Byrne
Across the Universe Albert Wolsky
Atonement Jacqueline Durran
La Vie en Rose Marit Allen (posthumously)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Colleen Atwood
The Duchess Michael O'Connor
Australia Catherine Martin
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Jacqueline West
Milk Danny Glicker
Revolutionary Road Albert Wolsky
The Young Victoria Sandy Powell
Bright Star Janet Patterson
Coco Before Chanel Catherine Leterrier
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Monique Prudhomme
Nine Colleen Atwood


Year Film Nominees
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 (posthumously)
Snow White and the Huntsman Colleen Atwood
The Great Gatsby Catherine Martin
12 Years a Slave Patricia Norris
American Hustle Michael Wilkinson
The Grandmaster William Chang Suk Ping
The Invisible Woman Michael O'Connor
The Grand Budapest Hotel Milena Canonero
Inherent Vice Mark Bridges
Into the Woods Colleen Atwood
Maleficent Anna B. Sheppard [note 3][79]
Mr. Turner Jacqueline Durran
Mad Max: Fury Road Jenny Beavan
Carol Sandy Powell
The Danish Girl Paco Delgado
The Revenant Jacqueline West
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Colleen Atwood
Allied Joanna Johnston
Florence Foster Jenkins Consolata Boyle
Jackie Madeline Fontaine
La La Land Mary Zophres
Phantom Thread Mark Bridges
Beauty and the Beast Jacqueline Durran
Darkest Hour
The Shape of Water Luis Sequeira
Victoria & Abdul Consolata Boyle
Black Panther Ruth E. Carter
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Mary Zophres
The Favourite Sandy Powell
Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Queen of Scots Alexandra Byrne
Little Women Jacqueline Durran
The Irishman Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson
Jojo Rabbit Mayes C. Rubeo
Joker Mark Bridges
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Arianne Phillips

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