January 2, 2017


Anthony Mendleson (1915-1996) b. London, England.

Illustrious costume designer Anthony Mendleson studied art in France and Italy during the 1930s and subsequently served during WW2. He was initially a painter and designer for the stage before joining Michael Balcon’s Ealing Studios in 1947 as costume designer and wardrobe supervisor. He remained with Ealing until the studio closed in 1959, designing for many of the studio’s classic films including Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) and The Ladykillers (1955). During the 1960s and 1970s he worked at Pinewood, on a wide variety of films, including and Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), The Tragedy of Macbeth (1971), Young Winston (1972) and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1972), for which he was awarded a BAFTA. He was also twice Oscar-nominated for Young Winston (1972) and The Incredible Sarah (1976).

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