Oscar-winning designer Sandy Powell steps into the spotlight at London’s Bankside Hotel

The artist behind the costumes for Shakespeare in Love and The Favourite talks to the film critic Mark Kermode in a special free-to-see event at the London hotel

Costume designer Sandy Powell
Costume designer Sandy Powell | Image: Alex Bramall

The role of costume in independent film will take centre stage in a discussion hosted by critic Mark Kermode with the Academy Award-winning designer Sandy Powell at the Autograph Collection Hotels Bankside Hotel in London on Thursday, September 12. Powell will also be exhibiting her private collection of costume sketches at the event, as part of an ongoing series of talks titled Behind The Scenes organised by Autograph Collection Hotels, including those for Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island and John Madden’s Shakespeare in Love.

Powell’s sketch for The Aviator
Powell’s sketch for The Aviator

Powell is one of the world’s foremost costume designers. She has been nominated for an Oscar 14 times, winning on three occasions for Shakespeare in Love, The Aviator and The Young Victoria. She has also been nominated for 15 Baftas, again scooping three accolades for Velvet Goldmine, The Young Victoria and The Favourite. Her most recent commission, which she will discuss with Kermode, is the upcoming film The Glorias: A Life On The Road, about the feminist Gloria Steinem, which is due for release next year.

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“We developed Behind The Scenes to provide a platform for untold stories from behind the camera that inspire, engage and connect us, and there is no more fitting talent to lead the next conversation on the transformational power of costume design than Sandy Powell OBE,” says John Licence, European vice president of premium and select brands at Marriott International, which owns the Autograph Collection of hotels.

A sketch for The Young Victoria
A sketch for The Young Victoria

Bankside Hotel, located in Borough, is a short distance from the Tate Modern and the British Film Institute, and aptly was designed by the former film set producer turned hotel designer Dayna Lee. The “in conversation with” programme is part of the hotel group’s long-term Indie Film Project, which celebrates independent film while offering support during the filmmaking process, from screenplay through to production, distribution and, of course, costume design. The event, including a Q&A session with Powell, begins at 6pm and tickets are free, but they are only available by ballot. Those wishing to dine at the hotel will find large plates of miso-glazed salmon (£18) and wood-fired rump steak (£24) on the menu at The Art Yard Bar and Kitchen, while a private dining room can be arranged for parties of eight to 24 guests, offering a set menu from £38 per person.

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