The Irishman costume designer Sandy Powell has taken the “I broke my arm, can you sign my cast?” vibe and made it Hollywood-appropriate with her suit at the Oscars tonight.
Powell has been collecting celebrity signatures over the past few weeks throughout award season, i.e. the Baftas, London Critics’ Circle, etc.. Some of the celeb autographs include Robert DeNiro, Renée Zellweger (who wrote “Renée Was Here”), a doodle of Bong Joon-ho’s face. The Guardian notes that she has over 100 celeb signatures and counting.
The best part of the suit? She will be auctioning it off post-Oscars, raising funds to preserve her late friend, filmmaker and activist Derek Jarman’s home, according to the Guardian.
“It’s not just important as a piece of history, but also to preserve his legacy,” Powell told the Guardian. “It is so important Derek doesn’t get forgotten, and that he can continue to inspire young filmmakers, artists and writers.”
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More suit signage on the BAFTA red carpet and in The a Royal Albert Hall. #scarlettjohansson @richard.e.grant on his knees #stephengraham #joealwyn #saveprospectcottage @artfund Thank you @mac_carlyutting for my make up and @1malcolmedwards for hair. Xxx and special thanks to @mr_davenport for photography!
Powell is nominated tonight for Best Costume Design in the Martin Scorsese-directed crime film. She’s been nominated 15 times previously and has won three Oscars for her work on Shakespeare in Love, The Aviator and The Young Victoria. Time will tell if tonight she will bring home a fourth.
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