Go Inside the London Costume Shop Oscar-Winning Designers Rely On

Posted 11.10.2016

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London shop Angels the Costumiers has been supplying costumes to award-winning films for decades

The Oscar nominees for this year’s Best Costume Design award represent a diverse bunch of films populated with princesses, witches, hotel porters and aristocrats. Yet there’s one thing that most of them have in common: Angels.

The London-based company Angels the Costumiers has strong ties to the film industry and has provided ensembles for four of the five films nominated in the costume category this year: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Into the Woods, Maleficent and Mr. Turner. (Inherent Vice’s designer Mark Bridges received the fifth nod.)

Yet this year’s crop of award-nominated films isn’t an anomaly for Angels’ clients. The company has worked on a total of 35 films that have won Best Costume Oscars — a figure that could change to 36 come Sunday — as well as many more prestige films that took home awards in other categories.
The company, which was established in 1840 by Morris Angel, first made its name providing costumes to London’s theater industry. A century later, the company — which is still run by the Angel family today — began working with the television and film industries; since then, they’ve provided frocks on Downton Abbey, kilts in Braveheart and the military uniforms in the upcoming Dad’s Army remake.

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