TBT: Happy Birthday Colleen Atwood!


For Throwback Thursday, let’s look back on the career of the prolific American costume designer, Colleen Atwood — because, coincidentally, today is her 66th birthday! She’s won three Academy Awards for Best Costume (for Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Alice in Wonderland) and has been nominated a whopping 10 times.  Atwood is perhaps best known for her collaborations with film director Tim Burton.

Her work ranges all over the map, from modern to historical to fantasy. Among her many works, she has designed the lovely mid-Victorian gowns for the 1994 version of Little Women starring Winona Ryder, as well as the 18th-century gothic ensembles for 1999’s Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci. Atwood even made Edward Scissorhands come to life for Burton’s movie, almost 25 years ago.



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Trystan L. Bass

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A self-described ElderGoth, Trystan has been haunting the internet since the early 1990s. Always passionate about costume, from everyday office wear to outrageous twisted historical creations, she has maintained some of the earliest online costuming-focused resources on the web. Her costuming adventures are chronicled on her website, TrystanCraft. She also ran a popular fashion blog, This Is CorpGoth, dedicated to her “office drag.”

One Response

  1. CatharineEmmaHershey (@CatnipTARDIS)

    I am fortunate enough to have seen the Headless Horseman’s cloak from Sleepy Hollow up close and personal when the Burton exhibition came to town. I must have stood, staring at that thing for a good ten minutes. The layers and different fabrics and stitching and cutting and painting and distressing and sewing and the sheer amount of labor and creativity and construction is staggeringly astounding; it’s gorgeous!!