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Life Journeys: Michael Wilkinson in Conversation

SUN 2 OCT 2022 – 4:15PM

4 Richmond Mews
London, W1D 3DH

Michael Wilkinson, the costume designer behind films like American Hustle, Seberg, The Gentlemen, Justice League and the upcoming prequel TV series to Star Wars, Andor, will be in conversation with writer and curator Keith Lodwick.

The Conversation will be followed by the screening of American Hustle, which earned Michael Wilkinson the BAFTA and Academy Awards nominations for Best Achievement in Costume Design.


dir: David O. Russell
with Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner

Costume Design: Michael Wilkinson

USA/ China | 2013 | 138 min | cert. 15

Irving Rosenfeld, a sly middle-aged New York con man makes his living from a varied series of scams. When he meets and falls for Sydney Prosser, once a New Mexico stripper who passes herself off as a sophisticated Brit, with their love for Duke Ellington as a starting point, life gets even more exciting… Only Irving is already married to the sexy Rosalyn, who invariably manages to drive him mad. But things get even brighter when Irving and Sydney get busted by FBI agent Richie DiMaso, who offers them a risky and challenging way to avoid prison.

Inspired by real facts that took place in the late seventies, the film features wonderful performances driven greatly by improvisation as well as sequins, lamé, perms, gold, fur, plummeting necklines, flashy three-piece suits…. glamorous and exuberant 70s fashion for a set of characters balancing who they really are and who they want to be through clothes.


Michael Wilkinson is a costume designer based in London. He has a degree in Design from the National Institute of the Dramatic Arts in his hometown, Sydney, Australia. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the Costume Designers Guild.

Michael has an Oscar nomination, a BAFTA nomination, 2 Saturn award nominations and six CDG award nominations. He has won a Saturn Award, and was awarded Costume Designer of the Year by the Hollywood Film Festival in 2013. Variety magazine recently included Wilkinson in their “Below the Line Impact” list of film-makers that have significant impact in their field of expertise.

Michael’s costume designs includes collaborations with director David O Russell (American Hustle, Joy), Zack Snyder (Justice League, Batman V Superman, 300, Watchmen, Man of Steel),  Darren Aronofsky (Noah), Joe Kosinsky (Tron: Legacy), Alejandro Inarritu (Babel), Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (The Current War), Michael Mann (Luck), and Guy Ritchie (Aladdin, The Gentlemen).

Michael’s television credits include the Star Wars series Andor (Disney+), and the upcoming Three Body Problem (Netflix), created by Games of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D B Weiss.


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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