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A Tribute to Phyllis Dalton

23 November 2012
Phyllis Dalton

In recognition of her colossal contribution to British cinema, BAFTA hosted a special tribute evening for Phyllis Dalton, the esteemed costume designer.

BAFTA and two-time Oscar winner Phyllis Dalton has designed some of the most memorable costumes in the history of cinema. Her designs have graced over forty films, including David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia and Dr Zhivago, comedy classic The Princess Bride, Carol Reed’s Oliver!, as well as Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing for Kenneth Branagh.

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Great costumes can underpin excellence in performance, helping an actor to define character, and Dalton has worked with some of the best actors across several decades.

Elizabeth Taylor, Kim Novak, Maggie Smith, Emma Thompson, Robin Williams, Keanu Reeves, Michael Palin, Omar Sharif, Peter O’Toole and Julie Christie are just a few of the stars who have worn her creations.

The celebratory evening brought together a line-up of Phyllis Dalton’s close friends, auspicious colleagues and admirers in order to revisit classic designs from some of the most loved films in cinematic history.

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Photos from Phyllis Dalton's Own Archive

A collection of sketches and photographs from Phyllis Dalton's career >

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Find out more about the evening's tributes and participants by reading the offficial event brochure on Issuu >

This event was produced in partnership with the V&A to coincide with their 2012 Hollywood Costume exhibition which brings together over 100 of the most iconic movie costumes from across a century of film-making.