Oscar-Nominated Costume Designer Colleen Atwood Shares Her Workshop Playlist

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ColleenAtwoodI loved Colleen Atwood’s work long before I knew her name. The Academy-award winning costume designer has an incredible array of movies under her belt, from Little Women – a favorite of DJ Marion Hodges – to Big Fish, a favorite of mine.

But she is best known for being a frequent Tim Burton collaborator, having worked on Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sweeney Todd and, most recently, Alice in Wonderland, for which she is nominated for an Oscar this year.

For her Guest DJ set, Colleen takes us from her first musical memory to the song that gets her going on early morning film sets in far away locations. She shares some great stories  – from her early beginnings as a teen mom to escaping rural Washington to become an artist. It’s truly an inspiring set and I urge you to take a listen!

OH and if you live in LA, the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is featuring four of Oscar’s five costume design nominees, including Colleen, in their annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition. The free exhibit is on view now – Tuesday through Saturday – until April 30.


Colleen Atwood Guest DJ Set Tracklist

1. The Sons of the Pioneers – Cool Water
2. Jimi Hendrix – The Wind Cries Mary
3. Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah (check out an incredible performance in KCRW’s archives)
4. Kanye West – Everything I Am
5. U2 – Beautiful Day