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Antonio Cánovas del Castillo

  • Antonio Cánovas del Castillo © EFE

    Antonio Cánovas del Castillo © EFE






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" Film costume designer. In 1972 he won an Oscar for Best Costumes for the film “Nicholas and Alexandra” by Franklin J. Schaffer."

Antonio Cánovas del Castillo was born in Madrid in 1908 to the family of the 19th-century Restoration politician of the same name. Between 1936 and 1944 he worked for the fashion houses of Paquin and Piguet. Elizabeth Arden persuaded him to work in her salon in New York, where he stayed for five years. He also worked as a costume designer for the New York Metropolitan Opera and on Broadway. In 1950 he returned to Paris, where he worked with Lanvin until 1962. Two years later he opened his own workshop. He continued designing elegant clothes and costumes for private clients, the theatre and the cinema, where his most famous work is for “Nicholas and Alexandra”, directed by Franklin J. Schaffer, for whose costumes he won an Oscar. He died in 1984.


Oscar for Best Costumes 1971

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