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Milena Canonero

Milena CanoneroBiography, Italian costume designer

Italian costume designer
Milena Canonero
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Intro Italian costume designer
A.K.A. Canonero
Is Fashion designer Costume designer Designer
From Italy
Type Arts Creativity Fashion
Gender female
Birth 1 January 1946, Turin
Age: 74 years
Spouse: Marshall Bell
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Milena Canonero, (born 1 January 1946) is an Italian costume designer, who has worked for both film and stage productions. She has won four Academy Awards for Best Costume Design, and been nominated for the award nine times.

She is married to actor Marshall Bell.


Born in Turin, Italy, Canonero studied art, design history and costume design in Genoa. She then moved to England, where she began working in small theatre and film productions. While designing for commercials in London, she met many film directors.

Her first major film work as a costume designer was in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971) after having met Kubrick on the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). She worked with Kubrick again on Barry Lyndon (1975), for which she won her first Oscar with Ulla-Britt Söderlund, and The Shining (1980). Her second Oscar win was for Chariots of Fire (1981), directed by Hugh Hudson.

Canonero has also designed the costumes for several stagings directed by Otto Schenk, such as Il trittico (Puccini, Vienna State Opera 1979), As You Like It (Shakespeare, Salzburg Festival 1980), Die Fledermaus (Strauss, Vienna State Opera 1980), Andrea Chénier (Giordano, Vienna State Opera 1981), and Arabella (Strauss, Metropolitan Opera 1983). For director Luc Bondy she created the costumes for new productions of Puccini's Tosca (Metropolitan Opera, 2009), and of Euripides' Helena (Burgtheater, Vienna, 2010).

In 1986, Canonero became the costume designer for the television series Miami Vice.

In 2001, Canonero received the Career Achievement Award in Film from the Costume Designers Guild. In 2005, Canonero won the guild's award for excellence in contemporary film for her work on Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). She won her third Oscar for Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette (2006).

Canonero reteamed with Anderson in 2014 on The Grand Budapest Hotel, for which she received her ninth nomination and fourth win at the 87th Academy Awards. She also won a BAFTA award for her work on the film.

Milena Canonero was awarded a Honorary Golden Bear during the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.


Year Award Category Production
1976 Academy Award Best Costume Design Barry Lyndon (1975)
1982 Academy Award Best Costume Design Chariots of Fire (1981)
1982 BAFTA Award Best Costume Design Chariots of Fire (1981)
1986 BAFTA Award Best Costume Design The Cotton Club (1984)
2007 Academy Award Best Costume Design Marie Antoinette (2006)
2015 Academy Award Best Costume Design The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
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