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Life Journeys: Jenny Beavan in Conversation

SUN 20 NOV 2022 – 4:15PM

4 Richmond Mews
London, W1D 3DH

Costume Designer Jenny Beavan will be in conversation with writer and curator Keith Lodwick to talk about her formidable career, which includes a wide array of genres and periods spanning for over fifty years, from some of the most iconic Merchant Ivory productions to Mad Max: Fury Road or the stylish Cruella.

The Conversation will be followed by the screening of Cruella, which earned Jenny her fourth BAFTA and her third Academy Awards for Best Achievement in Costume Design.


dir: Craig Gillespie
with Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Ed Birch

Costume Designer: Jenny Beavan

UK/US | 2021 | 134 min | col | cert. U
In English and French with English subtitles

Set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, Cruella is a dazzling visual feast following a clever, creative and very determined girl named Estella, who aspires to make a name for herself with her designs.

Her meeting with the terrifying and uber-chic fashion legend Baroness von Hellman will unchain a series of events and revelations that will bring Estella to embrace her darkest side.


With a career spanning over 30 years, Jenny Beavan is one of the most established costume designers with three Academy Awards and four BAFTAs to her credit, among several other awards and nominations. From period perfection in some of the Merchant Ivory productions (Room with a View or The Bostonians among others) to wild post-apocalypse in Mad Max: Fury Road or the unclassifiable Cruella, Jenny has worked with the most wide variety of genres and periods in film.

Her work in television includes The Cranford Chronicles, Mountbatten – The Last Viceroy, as well as Byron and Emma, RTS TV and EMMY Awards for Best Costume Design, respectively .

Jenny’s costume design work includes theatre collaborations with Robert Altman (Resurrection Blues), Jonathan Taylor (Listen to the Music, Deranged Songs) and Howard Davies (The House of Special Purpose, The Talking Cure, Outskirts, Breath of Life and Private Lives, which won her the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Costume Design).

In recognition for her work on film, television and theatre she was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2017.


Keith Lodwick is a curator, writer, and historian. He is the former Curator of Theatre and Screen Arts at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. At the V&A, Keith curated Vivien Leigh: Public Faces, Private Lives and was the V&A assistant curator for the major exhibition Hollywood Costume, one of the most successful exhibitions in the museum’s history. Keith has contributed to a wide range of publications including Oliver Messel: In the Theatre of Design, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty and Shoe Reels: The History and Philosophy of Footwear in Film.

Special thanks to:

John Smedley
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