Join film costuming legend Sandy Powell for an intimate conversation about her storied career crafting some of the most gorgeous and iconic looks to ever grace the screen as she is honored with the inaugural Variety Creative Impact in Costume Design Award presented in conjunction with festival media partner Variety. Boldness, creativity, precision, and attention to detail are all hallmarks of this three-time Academy Award winner's career. Powell, who has become a recognizable personality in her own right thanks to her distinctive personal style, broke Oscar records with 15 Best Costume Design nominations, more than any living designer.
Powell is the only living designer to have achieved a double nomination three times: in 2019 with The Favourite and Mary Poppins Returns, in 2015 for Carol and Cinderella, and in 1998 with Velvet Goldmine and Shakespeare in Love, her first Oscar win. Her major breakthrough was the 1992 film adaptation of Virginia Woolf's Orlando (screening Friday, Oct. 28 at the SCAD Museum of Art), earning Powell her first Oscar nomination. She has earned additional Oscar nominations for The Wings of the Dove, Gangs of New York, Hugo, The Irishman, Mrs. Henderson Presents, The Tempest, and won for The Aviator and The Young Victoria. In 2010, Powell was awarded the Order of the British Empire for her services to the British film industry. Her latest film, Living, screens Saturday, Oct. 29 at Trustees Theater.