Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Ellen Mirojnick has designed costumes for 61 films and several major TV projects — and pretty iconic ones at that: Fatal Attraction, Wall Street, Basic Instinct, Speed, plus such period pieces as Chaplin, Behind the Candelabra and The Knick. In anticipation of her Feb. 23 career achievement honor from the Costume Designers Guild, Mirojnick, 66, spoke with THR from the Cambodia set of First They Killed My Father, her second project working with Angelina Jolie as director.
How did you collaborate with Angelina Jolie as both director and actress on By the Sea?
Angelina's costumes were inspired by vintage pieces she'd fallen in love with. We fabricated all her costumes based on those choices. She has an exceptional visual appetite and a love of European simplicity. And yes, she does have every piece of that wardrobe!
And you're working with her again now in Cambodia, on First They Killed My Father.
Angelina adapted the book and is directing the story of a young girl's experience of the Cambodian genocide in the '70s. Working in this foreign environment has tested every bit of my ability to design and manufacture in a timely manner. We have approximately 20,000 costumes that have been made here. I would liken this experience to what it might be like to swim the English Channel: I feel complete and accomplished.
A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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