Did you know that the nominees for the Oscar for Best Costume Design are chosen by designers and art directors who are members of the Academy? Undoubtedly, it must be very complicated to decide who will be the winner, since each of the film productions makes a great effort to provide the greatest possible realism to their characters through extraordinary costume designs that manage to perfectly encapsulate them in the spirit of the plot.
In fact, many of the winners had their films cited by the public as a benchmark and inspiration for fashion and while some of the winners are mostly period pieces, there are also others that stand out in other genres. From titanica until Mad Maxhere is a list of the best costume designs of the last three decades.
one. Cyrano DeBergerac (1991)
The costume design of the film of French origin was in charge of the Italian Franca Squarciapino.
two. Bugsy (1992)
Albert Wolsky was in charge of the costume design for the biopic One of America’s most feared gangsters.
3. Dracula by Bram Stoker (1993)
Eiko Ishioka was the costume designer for the horror-romance film.
Four. The Age of Innocence (1994)
The Italian Gabriella Pescucci was in charge of designing the costumes for the film adaptation directed by Martin Scorsese of the homonymous novel.
5. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (nineteen ninety five)
Lizzy Gardiner and Tim Chappel were at the helm of the Australian film’s colorful wardrobe team.
6. Restoration (nineteen ninety six)
James Acheson was the costume designer for the drama starring Robert Downey Jr., based on the novel of the same name by Rose Tremain.
7. The English Patient (1997)
Ann Roth was in charge of the costume design for the film of British origin starring Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas.
8. titanica (1998)
Deborah Lynn Scott won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
9. shakespeare in love (1999)
Sandy Powell was the one who dressed the cast of the drama and comedy film.
10. Topsy-Turvy (2000)
Lindy Hemming was the costume designer for the period musical Topsy-Turvy.
eleven. Gladiator (2001)
Janty Yates won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for the film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe.
12. Moulin Rouge (2002)
Catherine Martin and Angus Strathie were in charge of the costume design for the musical directed by the Australian Baz Luhrmann.
13. Chicago (2003)
Colleen Atwood designed the costumes for the film based on the 1970s stage musical.
14. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2004)
Ngila Dickson and Richard Taylor were honored for Best Costume Design for Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s literary work.
fifteen. The Aviator (2005)
Sandy Powell won the award for Best Costume Design for the biopic of aviation pioneer Howard Hughes, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
16. Memories of a Geisha (2006)
Colleen Atwood once again won the Oscar statuette for her costume design in the adaptation of the homonymous novel.
17. Marie Antoinette (2007)
Milena Canonero was in charge of the Victorian-era designs for Marie Antoinette.
18. Elizabeth: the golden age (2008)
Due to Alexandra Byrne’s designs, the historical film took home the award for Best Costume Design.
19. The Duchess (2009)
The wardrobe of the cast of The Duchess it was in charge of Michael O’Connor.
twenty. queen victoria (2010)
Sandy Powell once again proved his talent and took home the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for the third time.
twenty-one. Alice in Wonderland (2011)
The designer behind the manyness of the outfits Alice in Wonderland It was Colleen Atwood.
22. The artist (2012)
The costumes for the French black-and-white film were created by American designer Mark Bridges.
23. Anna Karenina (2013)
Jacqueline Durran was the costume designer for the film starring Keira Knightley and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
24. The Great Gatsby (2014)
Designer Catherine Martin and wife of the film’s director, Baz Luhrmann, once again won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design.
25. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2015)
Milena Canonero won the Best Costume Design Award for the colorful designs of The Grand Budapest Hotel.
26. Mad Max: Fury Road (2016)
Jenny Beavan designed the incredible costumes for the George Miller film.
27. Fantastic beasts and where to find them (2017)
The magnificent designs of the film that kicks off the series of films based on the work of JK Rowling earned Colleen Atwood her third Oscar for Best Costume Design.
28. the ghost thread (2018)
Mark Bridges was the costume designer for the romantic drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville and Vicky Krieps.
29. Black Panther (2019)
The wardrobe for the film that launched Chadwick Boseman as the king of Wakanda was done by designer Ruth E. Carter.
30. little women (2020)
Jacqueline Durran won the Oscar for costume design for the seventh film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel of the same name.
31. the mother of the blues (2021)
Ann Roth’s costumes for the biopic musical made the designer take home her fifth Oscar statuette.
32. cruel (2022)
British designer Jenny Beavan was behind the costumes for the film that portrays the origin of the villain of 101 Dalmatians.