Milena Cañonero is a goddess of her craft—and she is generally accepted as one of the leading designers for movies. Her work ranges from the modern exotic depraved (A Clockwork Orange), to the J. Peter-man catalogue style (Out of Africa), to the authentic, everyday, and cool grungy (Single White Female). But she is at her best with a fusion of antique and modern that comes close to science fiction (Titus).
She began working in England with A Clockwork Orange (71, Stanley Kubrick), and she won her first Oscar for the fragrant, gossamer Gainsborough world of Barn/ Lyndon (75, Kubrick). But she was just as impressive with the prison range of Midnight Express (75, Alan Parker) and that tweed jacket Nicholson wears in The Shining (80, Kubrick). She won another Oscar for Chariots of Fire (81, Hugh Hudson), and has since worked on The Hunger (83, Tony Scott), where clothes blend into skin; The Cotton Club (84, Francis Ford Coppola); Out of Africa (85, Sydney Pollack); the skid-row chic of Barfly (87, Barbet Schroeder); Tucker: The Man and His Dream (88, Coppola); the comic-book primary of Dick Tracy (90, Warren Beatty), with Dick’s heavy yellow coat nearly embossed on the screen; The Godfather: Pari III (90, Coppola); The Bachelor (91, Roberto Faenza); Single White Female (92, Schroeder); Damage (93, Louis Malle), where the clothes are so right for those people it’s creepy; Only You (94, Norman Jewison); Love Affair (94, Glenn Gordon Caron); Death and die Maiden (94, Roman Polanski); Camilla (95, Deepa Mehta); Bulworth (98, Beatty); Tango (98, Carlos Saura); Titus (99. Julie Taymor); In the Boom Boom Boom (00, Barbara Kopple); The Affair of the Necklace (02, Charles Shyer).