Alexandra Byrne grew up in Stratford-Upon-Avon in the U.K., so it’s no surprise that she started working in theater and became a costume designer. But she’s also made a name for herself costuming films in the Marvel cinematic universe, which hints at the wild flamboyance of her work. She can create precise historical costumes, but she’s often worked with directors who seem to have their own “vision” for the costumes that’s more “relatable” like modern haute-couture than true historical fashion. Thus, we may end up snarking her work as much as praising it, and that seemed appropriate on this Friday before our next Snark Week! Consider this an amuse-bouche.
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001)
Finding Neverland (2004)
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
The Garden of Eden (2008)
300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Mary Queen of Scots (2018)
The Aeronauts (2019)
What’s your favorite historical costume design by Alexandra Byrne? Can you forgive her for the flicks that play fast and loose with history?