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Cinemasters: Sandy Powell

Cinema is a visual artform – and there are few artists who know the power of a great look better than Sandy Powell. Across an astonishingly productive five decade career, the veteran British designer has crafted some of the most distinctive and memorable costumes in recent cinema. After starting out working in theatre and on music videos, Powell made her name collaborating with Derek Jarman in the 1980s, before going on to collaborate with many legendary filmmakers, including long-running partnerships with Martin Scorsese and Todd Haynes.

From the glam rock excess of Velvet Goldmine and the opulence of The Wings of the Dove, to the gleefully anachronistic period dress of Orlando and The Favourite, this season celebrates the versatility and vision of an extraordinary talent. By drawing attention to costume design, an often overlooked craft department within which women have historically excelled, we hope to argue for the potential of artists such as Powell to serve as co-authors of the films on which they work.

This season is part of an ongoing collaboration between GFT Cinemasters and feminist collective Invisible Women which aims to highlight contributions made by women in film history and expand definitions of authorship in cinema.

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Films in this Season

Image for Orlando - 35mm (PG)
4 October

Orlando - 35mm (PG)

​Sally Potter’s Virginia Woolf adaptation marks its 30th anniversary this year, and earned costume designer Sandy Powell the first of her 15 Oscar nominations.

Image for Orlando - 35mm + introduction (PG)
6 October

Orlando - 35mm + introduction (PG)

​Sally Potter’s Virginia Woolf adaptation marks its 30th anniversary this year, and earned costume designer Sandy Powell the first of her 15 Oscar nominations.

Image for The Wings of the Dove - 35mm (15)
9-12 October

The Wings of the Dove - 35mm (15)

A riveting tale of desire, betrayal and forbidden love featuring a stellar cast of British actors and some truly fabulous hats.

Image for Velvet Goldmine - 35mm (18)
16-19 October

Velvet Goldmine - 35mm (18)

A show stopping trip of a movie which designer Sandy Powell has described as one of the highlights of her career.

Image for The Favourite (15)
25-26 October

The Favourite (15)

​Monochrome colours, heaving corsets and bejewelled stockings - yes please!

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