As an interior designer, I find inspiration in Hollywood; especially a great film's costumes and scenic design. For me, I am attracted to period pieces in particular. It gives me insight into color, design, fashion, architecture, and lifestyle of bygone eras. I am very fortunate to be surrounded here in Los Angeles by other creative types, like Ellen Mirojnick, an award-winning costume designer.
Ellen Mirojnick’s creative roots run deep. Born and raised in New York City, her early interests in fine art, photography and fashion led to the prestigious High School of Music and Art. After graduation, she further pursued her study of design at The School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design in New York.
Ellen entered the world of fashion after Parsons School of Design. Her fashion-forward instincts quickly propelled her to become one of the most sought -after designers in the field. Her talent for creating youthful, au courant style reverberated throughout the industry.
It wasn’t long before Mirojnick set her sights on Hollywood, beginning a career that has spanned three decades. As a pre-eminent Hollywood Costume Designer, Ellen’s passion for contemporary design has had an impact on motion picture style. Mirojnick’s film work has exhibited a sophisticated, timeless approach to modern storytelling and has yielded iconic characters that have become cultural references.
Twice BAFTA, Emmy, and CDG awards have nominated this genius of Hollywood design. In 1998 she received a Saturn Award for her work in Starship Troopers and was honored with the Cutty Sark Menswear Award for her sartorial statement in Wall Street.
Mirojnick was awarded the prestigious CDG Career Achievement Award in February 2016. Her work with Steven Soderbergh's Season 2 of “The Knick” was awarded the 2016 CDG’s Outstanding Period Costumes. She has also won an Emmy Award and CDG Award for “Behind the Candelabra” Ellen is currently working with Steven Soderbergh on Logan Lucky his return to feature films. In the last year, she has traveled around the world for Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father A Cambodian Daughter remembers and traveling to Spain for Shonda Rhimes’ Still Star Crossed.
The list of prominent filmmakers Ellen has designed for is extensive: Steven Soderbergh, Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Paul Verhoven, both Tony and Ridley Scott and J.J.Abrams.
In 2010 she collaborated with actor James Franco to create images that were included in "Visionaire 59: Fairytales". Subsequently, Ellen joined forces with artist Richard Phillips to create videos, which were exhibited at the 2011 Venice Biennale. Thanks to this partnership, Ellen continues as an innovator at the crossroads of fashion, art and film.
Ellen has lectured at UCLA, the Lincoln Center Film Society, the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She has been profiled in numerous international fashion publications, as well as on AMC’s Hollywood Fashion Machine series, “The Costume Designer”. In addition, she is also featured in the design book "Filmcraft" and soon to be published book “Behind the Candelabra”.
Her work has been displayed in the “50 Designers/50 Films” exhibit at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Florence Biennale, FIDM’s 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 Annual Film and Television Exhibits, and The prestigious exhibition “Hollywood Costume “ originating at London's Victoria and Albert Museum.
A few interesting facts about Ellen, she began her career by designing sportswear. She went to visit her husband on a film. They didn’t have a costume designer and asked her if she wanted to design for the film. SHE NEVER LOOKED BACK!
Although she has had the opportunity to work on many projects, to this day, Behind the Candelabra is still her favorite design project.
Ellen and I share this in common: when not working, our favorite thing to do is to relax at the beach.
Interesting enough, Los Angeles is Ellen’s home base. She wishes the movies would find there way back to Hollywood since she hasn’t done a project here in the city in 4 years.
I always find it interesting to ask people, if you weren’t doing what you do today, what is it that you would be doing? Ellen would be living in the South of France and be a Parfumiere.
Many people have aspirations to get into a certain industry or business. Young and aspiring designers are constantly asking me what my advice would be and I think Ellen has amazing advice. "Learn how to communicate your ideas and learn to listen! There will be a lot of people you have to please!"
Are you ready to work with a designer who will listen to you?
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