Creative Jenny Beavan Lg

JENNY BEAVAN - Costume Designer

Jenny Beavan studied theatre design at the Central School of Art & Design in London. During the 1970s, Jenny designed sets and costumes for a variety of ballet, opera and theatre companies throughout Europe - ranging from Covent Garden Opera, Nederlans Opera and Dans Theater to the smallest fringe theatres in London. In 1976 she was introduced to Merchant Ivory Productions, and started work with them - first as an assistant, and later as a costume designer.

Beavan and John Bright of Cosprop, the London costume house, formed a design partnership and worked on 12 films together, as well as both pursuing their individual careers. A Room with a View (which won Jenny and John the 1987 Oscar for costume design) and The Remains of the Day were both made with Merchant Ivory. Jenny has been nominated many times for awards (eight times for Academy Awards) and, as well as the Oscar, she has won two BAFTA's for Gosford Park and A Room with a View and an Emmy for EMMA.

During the last five years Jenny has started to work in theatre again. She designed Private Lives for Howard Davies, which was produced in London and on Broadway, as well as plays produced at the National Theatre and in the West End.

On television she has worked with Richard Loncraine on "The Gathering Storm" and also the popular series "Cranford". Jenny has had the good fortune to work with some of the greatest directors in cinema: James Ivory, Franco Zeffirelli, Robert Altman, Oliver Stone, Ang Lee and Lasse Hallstrom on: Howard's End, Tea with Mussolini, Gosford Park, Alexander, Sense and Sensibility, Casanova, and most recently, Brian DePalma on The Black Dahlia and Michael Apted on Amazing Grace. Her most recent collaboration was for Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes.