Sandy Powell in Balenciaga.  Photo Tim Walker

Fanfare for Sandy Powell OBE

 MMV is proud and delighted to be offering for sale a large number of clothes, shoes and  accessories from the personal collection of the uniquely creative and talented costume designer Sandy Powell.  All proceeds will be donated to Refuge, to help support people suffering from domestic abuse.




Sandy Powell is one of the most highly acclaimed film costume designers working today and has garnered more Oscar nominations for costume design than any other living designer. Her many credits include Orlando, The Favourite, Velvet Goldmine, Carol, The Irishman and Gangs of New York. She is also one of the coolest and most stylish people on the planet.  

Sandy has generously donated over 50 items from her personal collection, including red carpet dresses, vintage and designer items, as well as one-off handmade pieces, shoes and accessories.  

She says:  “My work takes me away on location for months at a time. Lockdown forced me to spend time at home for the first time in years, it gave me the opportunity to breathe and think and catch up with my life.  I realised I was fortunate to be in a secure position to both enjoy and benefit from this but at the same time I was becoming aware of rise in cases of domestic abuse and how awful it must be for some people to be trapped at home. Like many people I decided to clear out some of the many clothes I'd accumulated over the years to raise some money and a friend mentioned Menage Modern Vintage. I had known Chiara for years and she agreed to donate all proceeds of the sales to help to tackle domestic abuse. We chose Refuge as the best way to help people in these terrifying situations.”

Sandy began her career in film with Caravaggio, the start of a long collaboration with Derek Jarman.  Earlier this year she wore a white suit to the BAFTA and Oscar parties, collecting signatures from celebrities including Scarlett Johansson, Margot Robbie and Leonardo di Caprio.  The suit was auctioned to raise funds to save Prospect Cottage, Jarman’s wonderful cottage and garden on the beach at Dungeness.



Refuge is a charity which offers vital help and support to people suffering from many kinds of domestic abuse, both through the National Domestic Abuse Helpline and through offering shelter and helping people rebuild their lives.   Their services include refuges, independent advocacy, community outreach projects, and culturally specific services. For more information click here.


 100% of proceeds from Sandy's collection will be donated to this important charity. Click here to view the collection.



Major Awards

15 Academy Award nominations, three wins: Shakespeare in Love (1998), The Aviator (2004), The Young Victoria (2009)

15 BAFTA nominations, three wins: Velvet Goldmine (1998), The Young Victoria (2009), The Favourite (2018)


For more on Sandy Powell we recommend this great interview in W magazine, with incredible photos by Tim Walker:




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