“I’m simply not a fashion person. I’ve never been near a runway.” declares Roth
With six decades in the film industry and over 100 film credits to her name, legendary costume designer Ann Roth has earned numerous accolades for her diverse career, including an Oscar for “The English Patient.
Roth is noted for her ability to collaborate with actors and directors in creating rememberable characters, and has worked repeatedly with such artists as Mike Nichols, Stephen Daldry, Anthony Minghella, Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Robin Williams, Nicole Kidman and Daniel Day-Lewis.
She gets her ideas from mountains of research. She travels, reads widely and pores over photographs, magazines and newspaper articles.
The designer takes after her mentor, Irene Sharaff, whom she spent five years apprenticing with in the 1950s. Roth graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon) in Pittsburgh. Roth went on to work with Sharaff on the films A Star Is Born and The King and I, and on such Broadway shows as Candide and Happy Hunting. Soon after going out on her own, the young costume designer established long-running working relationships with Broadway heavyweights Neil Simon and Mike Nichols.