Allen, Marit: Costume Designer of Brokeback Mountain Dies at 66
November 30, 2007–Costume designer Marit Allen, who created wardrobe for films, such as “Brokeback Mountain,” “Eyes Wide Shut” and “Mrs. Doubtfire” died of a brain aneurism on November 26 in Sydney, Australia. She was 66.
At the time of her death, Allen was working with George Miller on Warner's super-hero adventure, “Justice League of America.”
It was British director Nicolas Roeg, who persuaded Marit Allen to enter the film business from a career in fashion journalism, and she went on to work on Roeg films including “Don't Look Now,” “Bad Timing,” “Eureka” and “The Witches.”
Allen also worked frequently with Ang Lee, on films that included “Ride with the Devil” and “Hulk.”
Over a career that spanned 33 years, her feature credits included “La Vie en Rose,” “Love in the Time of Cholera,” Jim Jarmusch's “Dead Man,” “Mermaids,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “Little Shop of Horrors.”
Allen was nominated for two Emmys, a BAFTA and a Costume Designer's Guild award.
Born in England, Allen graduated from University of Grenoble, France. She began her career in 1961 working for Queen Magazine in the fashion department as a trainee and quickly rose to edit and write the young fashion pages. She moved to British Vogue in 1963, and spent 10 years there during the height of the swinging London scene.
In 1973, she established the bachelor's degree course in Journalism at Central St. Martin's Art College.
She is survived by a son, two daughters, a sister and two grandchildren.
related article 1: Brokeback Mountain: Visual Look.
related article 2: Brokeback Mountain.
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