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Born in London in 1960, costume designer Sandy Powell studied at Saint Martin’s School of Art before leaving to work for fringe theatre companies and, soon after, on Derek Jarman’s Caravaggio. She has designed costumes for countless films, including six by Martin Scorsese and three by Todd Haynes, notably Velvet Goldmine and, most recently, Carol. She has been nominated for an Oscar 12 times, winning for Shakespeare in Love (1998), The Aviator (2004) and The Young Victoria (2009); she also won Baftas for Velvet Goldmine and The Young Victoria. In 2011, she was awarded an OBE for services to the film industry. Powell will be at the Port Eliot festival in Cornwall, 28-31 July, for a panel discussion about 1980s fashion and will take part in workshops.