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Colleen Atwood (1950)

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Colleen Atwood is an American costume designer.

Atwood has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design nine times and won Academy Awards for the movies Chicago in 2002, Memoirs of a Geisha in 2006, and Alice in Wonderland in 2011. Atwood has collaborated several times with directors Tim Burton, Rob Marshall and Jonathan Demme.

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 early life and education
Born in Yakima, Washington, she studied painting at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington in the early 1970s, and later worked in retail at various places, including the Yves St. Laurent boutique at Frederick & Nelson department store in the city.

 career
She moved to New York in 1980, where she studied art at New York University. Her movie career started after a chance encounter in New York, with someone whose mother was designing the sets for the film, Ragtime , and she got the job of a PA in the film. She worked as an assistant to a costume designer, eventually earned her first film credit, for A Little Sex ," directed by Bruce Paltrow.

Beginning her career as a fashion advisor in Washington State in the early 1970s, Atwood eventually ventured into the world of costume design for theater and film, initially coming to fame through her work on Sting's Bring on the Night World Tour, also made into a documentary by the same name. An important turning point in her came when through the production designer with whom she had worked in Joe Vs. The Volcano , she met director Tim Burton, with whom she ended up doing over seven films in next two decades, including, Sleepy Hollow, Ed Wood, Big Fish, and Planet of the Apes, starting with Edward Scissorhands , after which she moved to Los Angeles in 1990.

Atwood has been partially involved in developing or has been the lead designer for producing the costumes on over 50 films to date. Atwood was the lead costume designer for all of the new costumes created for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 2005-2006. She designed The Black Parade band uniforms for the band My Chemical Romance, as well as the following album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys costumes.

 personal life
Colleen has two daughters, Tracey and Charlotte . She lives in a ranch house in the hills of Pacific Palisades.

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