Anthony Powell (born 2 June 1935, [[Chorlton-cum-Hardy]],ref Manchester, [[England]]) is an English [[costume designer]] for [[stage (theatre)|]] and [[Big screen|screen]]. He has won three [[Academy Awards]], for [[...|Travels with My Aunt (1972)]], [[Death on the Nile (1978 film)|]] (1978) and [[Tess (film)|]] (1979). He has worked with directors such as [[Roman Polanski]], [[Steven Spielberg]], [[George Cukor]], [[Robert Altman]] and [[David Lean]]. Among the stars who have worn his creations are [[Paul Newman]], [[Bette Davis]], [[Warren Beatty]], [[Steve McQueen]], [[Sean Connery]], [[Dustin Hoffman]], [[Roger Moore]], [[Maggie Smith]], [[Harrison Ford]] and [[Johnny Depp]].
== Biography ==
Raised in Yorkshire and Dublin, Powell began his professional career as a teenager touring with his handmade marionettes. While serving as a map reader in the military, he managed to mistakenly lead the British Army of the Occupation in Germany into the Russian zone. After graduating from [[...|London's Central School of Art and Design]], he apprenticed as an assistant to other designers including [[Cecil Beaton]].
Simultaneously, Powell served as a lecturer at his alma mater. His costume designs for [[John Gielgud|John Gielgud's]] production of "[[The School for Scandal]]" (1963) earned him a [[Tony Award]], and he also received a second nomination for his scenic design. He was consulted as a designer fashioning men's sportwear during the, as well as working as a design consultant for hotels and restaurants. He assisted in the restoration and renovation of , during the 1960s and 1970s
Powell made his first Hollywood connection with director [[Irving Lerner]] who chose him to design the costumes for "[[The Royal Hunt of the Sun]]" (1969), which required styling both the Spanish conquistadors as well as the native Americans. His first Oscar came for his outlandish designs for [[Maggie Smith|Maggie Smith's]] Augusta in George Cukor's "[[Travels with My Aunt]]" (1972). Powell returned to Broadway as set designer for a revival of [[Noël Coward|Noël Coward's]] "[[Private Lives]]", starring Maggie Smith.