The Sylvie Nissen Costume Design Award
Caroline Harris Costume Designer
For capturing the essence of the 1960s in exquisite costumes that reflect the social demographics across the spectrum of society in the film Legend, Caroline Harris is the recipient of The Sylvie Nissen Costume Design Award.
Caroline was born and raised in London, the city that has always and continues to inspire her, a metropolis of fashion with rules that are there to be broken.
Her interest in costume design grew out of her love of French New Wave cinema, from the naturalistic films of Robert Bresson to the stylised films of Jacques Demy. It was through these films that she became aware of the effect costume has on character, story and the visual information of cinema.
She taught herself to make clothes by pulling them apart and reassembling them to suit her intentions. She was soon designing and making costumes for experimental dance performances and music videos.
Her first feature film was Before The Rain which took her to Macedonia where she learned the intricacies of costuming for cinema.
Other film credits include Kenneth Branagh's In the Bleak Midwinter, Mike Hodges' Croupier, Malcolm Venville's 44 Inch Chest, Bernard Rose's Mr. Nice, Anand Tucker's And When Did You Last See Your Father? and Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983, part of the BAFTA award-winning Red Riding trilogy; Croupier, Still Crazy, Repo Men; and Iron Jawed Angels, an HBO film chronicling the early 20th Century suffrage movement in the United States.
She designed the costumes for A Knight's Tale, 42 and Legend for Brian Helgeland, a director she has developed a vibrant working relationship with.
Her passion is for the medium of film and for interesting storytelling, on both the grand scale as well as in the more intimate world of independent filmmaking.
Caroline earned BAFTA and Golden Satellite nominations for her work on Oliver Parker's An Ideal Husband and an Emmy and Costume Design Guild nominations for the HBO film, Iron Jawed Angels.