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Meet the costume designers on some of 2019’s biggest films

Some of 2019’s most exciting film releases are yet to hit the big screens, so we wanted to find out who is behind some of the dramatic costume designs.

This year’s already shaped up to be a biggie for cinema, with plenty more in the pipeline, but who are the costume designers on some of the biggest box office sell-outs of this year?

Let’s meet the designers:

Stars Wars Episode IX

Credit: Walt Disney Studios

Michael Kaplan returns once again as the costume designer behind this year’s big Christmas blockbuster.

The American designer who has been working in the film industry since the ‘80s has a lot of sci-fi films under his belt, having previously designed the first reboot Star Trek film (2009) and its sequel (2013).

He was then brought on to design for the first of the ‘new batch’ of Star Wars sagas starting in 2015 with Star Wars Episode VII- The Force Awakens and continued with Episode VIII- The Last Jedi.

He made his first debut as the designer on the original Blade Runner in 1983, which straight away earned him his first BAFTA for Best Costume Design, along with Charles Knode for their work on the cult classic.

He then went on to be nominated for the Excellence in Costume Design for Film awards in 1999 and 2005 for Fight Club and then Mr and Mrs Smith- interestingly, both starring Brad Pitt!

Stars Wars Episode IX is set for release in December 2019 in both the UK and U.S.

Spider-man: Far From Home

The sequel to Spider-man: Homecoming is swinging on to our big-screens this summer, along with Anna B Sheppard’s costume design on one of the most iconic superheroes in existence (in comic books and films anyway!)

Anna is a Polish costume designer, who graduated originally with a degree in architecture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.

She has seriously earned her stripes in the film industry since, having designed on numerous Hollywood favourites since the ‘70s.

Her work on harrowing World War II film Schindler’s List (1993), earned her an academy award nomination and then again with Roman Polanski’s The Pianist ten years later in 2003.

Since then she has continued in the action – and war –  film vein with her designs appearing in Inglourious Basterds, Captain America: The First Avenger, Maleficent and Autumn 2018’s disturbing J.J Abrams thriller Overlord.

Spider-man: Far From Home is due for release, in July throughout UK, U.S and Europe.


Photo by Jay Maidment. © 2018 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rarely a year goes by without Colleen Atwood at the helm of a fantastic costume design team and this year is no different.

Tim Burton’s latest fantastical spectacle was released at the end of March and of course, Colleen’s collection of eerie, dystopian costume attire did not disappoint.

The American designer who has a background in painting at the Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle has become somewhat of a household name- and not just in the costume and wardrobe worlds.

Over the course of her 30+ years in costume, she has earned a staggering total of 41 awards for her designs – including four Academy Awards for her work on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago.

She also has three BAFTAs in the bag including her first one on Sleepy Hollow in 1999.

Colleen’s career really made a kickstart when she met Tim Burton in the ‘90s and since then has designed on many of his box office hits including Edward Scissorhands, Planet of the Apes (2001), Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Dumbo was released March in the UK and U.S.


It’s the film we’ve been waiting for since we first heard it was going to be brought to life from the pages of Disney’s 1992 animations.

And the designer tasked with this exciting role is Sydney born Michael Wilkinson who has a whole plethora of action films to his name over the past two decades.

Since partnering professionally with film director, producer and screenwriter powerhouse Zack Snyder on the groundbreaking  300 in 2006, he has since designed on many of the film-maker’s further works.

After having designed on a wide range of film genres from romcom The Nanny Diaries, vampire-thriller Twilight parts 1 and 2, through to some of DC’s biggest names such as Justice League and Batman vs Superman, Aladdin will be quite a different avenue to add to his varied portfolio.

Aladdin is out in May 2019 in UK and U.S cinemas.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

The ‘king of monsters’ is back and this time Stranger Things’ Millie Bobbie Brown – AKA Eleven – has been brought on board to help save the day.

And Louise Mingenbach, famous for her extensive back catalogue of superhero and all-American movies, has been brought on to give the sequel to Godzilla (2014) a fresh make-over.

Louise’s list of fantasy and sci-fi design credits is pretty sizeable and includes most famously all of the X-Men titles (bar one), Hangover 1-3, Superman Returns and Starsky and Hutch.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters will be released end of May 2019.

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