Colleen Atwood: The Clothing of the Character

This week, we closed our 2017 program of talks with an inspirational conversation between Oscar winners Colleen Atwood and Eddie Redmayne. The pair discussed Colleen’s remarkable career as a Costume Designer, touching on her life, inspirations and practice. Colleen has won four Academy Awards for her work in costume and has designed for films such as Edward Scissorhands, Memoirs Of A Geisha, Chicago, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Silence of the Lambs. Before Colleen and Eddie took to the stage, guests relaxed at the Sarabande Bar and enjoyed bespoke cocktails crafted with Ketel One Vodka.

The fascinating discussion touched on Colleen’s beginnings in the industry and her early aspirations as a painter. She also talked through her design process, her relationship with directors such as Tim Burton and Rob Marshall, and dissected the intricacies of creating clothing for a character for film. Colleen explained “it’s not about 50 costume changes…It’s about creating an iconic image for a character”.

Full, on-demand footage of Colleen Atwood: The Clothing of the Character is available below - a huge thank you to Colleen, Eddie, our founding partner for the delicious drinks and for supplying beautiful chairs for our speakers.