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83rd Academy Awards - Nominated for Best Costume Design - Sandy Powell - The Tempest. David Strathairn didn't just show up on set for his scenes – the actor who plays King Alonso also spent two days attaching hundreds of metal studs to his own costumes. Powell told the Wall Street Journal that the actor wandered into her workroom one day and offered to help. 'We had so little time and budget that the only way we achieved it all was to accept all offers of help,' Powell said.

from NY Daily News

Oscars 2015: The Academy's picks for best costume design

from NY Daily News

Oscars 2015: The Academy's picks for best costume design

'The Tempest' - Nominee: Sandy Powell Costume designer Sandy Powell, who has won Academy Awards for her designs for 'Shakespeare in Love,' 'The Aviator' and 'The Young Victoria,' is no stranger to period pieces. In the script, Prospera (Helen Mirren) wears a cape described as being made from 'shards of glass and light.' To achieve this look, Powell sewed pieces of painted, vacuum-formed plastic onto a strong mesh in a pattern created to look like flowing lava. 'Each piece was incredibly…

from the Guardian

Stitches in time: Sandy Powell's Oscar-winning costumes