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Ruskin alumna wins BAFTA and Oscar for Best Costume Design

Congratulations to Holly Waddington (BFA 2000) for winning the 2024 BAFTA Award and Oscar for Costume Design, for her work on Poor Things!

Holly has received the prestigious awards for her costume design on Yorgos Lanthimos's 2023 film Poor Things, starring Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe, Ramy Youseff and Mark Ruffalo.
Holly has said that Lanthimos left it up to her to decide what [the style] could be. "He opened the whole thing up for my interpretation."  


Holly Waddington graduated from the Ruskin in 2000 and she began her career working for Angels the Costumiers in London. After an MA programme in Scenography at Trinity Laban, she was a finalist in the 2007 Linbury Prize for Theatre Design.

As a film costume designer, Holly designed ‘Lady Macbeth’ by William Oldroyd, ‘Ginger and Rosa’ by Sally Potter and ‘Departure’ by Andrew Steggall. Prior to this, she collaborated with some of the industry’s finest costume designers on films including: ‘Happy Go Lucky’, ‘Lincoln’, ‘Warhorse’, ‘Another Year’, ‘The Man From Uncle’. She has designed costumes, sets and installations for productions at The Gate Theatre, The Young Vic, The Almeida, The Royal Court, Scottish Dance Theatre, Sadler’s Wells, Handspring UK and Complicite.