Catherine Martin

Catherine Martin is a film, stage and interior designer with two Oscars, one BAFTA, a Tony Award, and an honour as one of Glamour Magazine’s 2013 Women of the Year for her production, set and costume designs. Christened “CM” by Baz Luhrmann just a few weeks after they met, she is more commonly known by this distinctive moniker.

To the millions around the world who have seen the movies she’s worked on, the wife and chief collaborator of Oscar-nominated director, producer and writer, Baz Luhrmann, CM is more likely to be known as the woman who made Nicole Kidman resplendent in red in the costumes for Moulin Rouge! (2001), for making us want to shimmy our way in beaded dresses into the lavish party scenes in The Great Gatsby (2013) and for collaborating on Baz Luhrmann’s extraordinary contemporary reinterpretation of Romeo + Juliet (1996).

The twenty years’ experience of painstaking research she has undertaken for all of Baz’s films combined with her life long passion for fashion and the close industry relationships she has been able to forge at Baz’s side (including Miuccia Prada & Karl Lagerfeld) have made her a force to be reckoned with.

CM’s profound ability to become deeply and authentically involved in the branding, brand message and the very DNA of the projects she’s involved in has allowed her to segue into our world via brands like Prada, Chanel, Tiffany & Co and Brooks Brothers and through the creation of the Fitzgerald Suite at the Plaza Hotel, New York.

CM’s passion for authenticity is the same quality that she brings to her burgeoning interiors business. Her design aesthetic for the home has resulted in elegant, timeless and yet always functional creations that can both inspire and transport, from the chairs and bedding she has designed for leading homewares brands like Anthropologie to her work with Designer Rugs and Mokum.

Constantly inspired by the people she meets and the places she visits, CM divides her time between Paris, New York and Sydney and has two beautiful children, Lillian (10) & William (8).




2013 Gatsby le magnifique
2012 Hard Chic (Short)
2012 Naïf Chic (Short)
2012 Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations (Short)
2012 The Classical Body (Short)
2012 The Exotic Body (Short)
2012 The Surreal Body (Short)
2012 Ugly Chic (Short)
2012 Waist Up/Waist Down (Short)
2008 Australia
2001 Moulin Rouge
1994 Great Performances (TV Series) (1 episode)
1994 La bohème
1989 Out of the Body


  • Academy Award for Best Production Design, The Great Gatsby, 2013
  • Academy Award for Costume Design, The Great Gatsby, 2013
  • Art Directors Guild Award, Period/Fantasy Feature, Moulin Rouge! 2001
  • Australian Film Institute Award, Best Production Design, Moulin Rouge! 2001
  • Australian Film Institute Award, Best Costume Design, Moulin Rouge! 2001
  • Golden Satellite, Best Production Design, Moulin Rouge! 2001
  • Golden Satellite, Best Costume Design, Moulin Rouge! 2001
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, Best Production Design, Moulin Rouge!, 2001 [6]
  • Academy Award for Costume Design, Australia, 2008 (Nominated)
  • Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Moulin Rouge!, 2001 [6]
  • Academy Award for Costume Design, Moulin Rouge!, 2001 [6]
  • San Diego Film Critics Society Award, Best Production Design Moulin Rouge! 2001
  • Australian Film Institute Byron Kennedy Award, 1999
  • BAFTA Award, Best Production Design, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, 1997
  • Golden Satellite, Best Art Direction, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, 1996
  • Australian Film Institute Award, Best Production Design, Strictly Ballroom, 1992
  • Australian Film Institute Award, Best Costume Design, Strictly Ballroom, 1992
  • Sydney Theatre Critics’ Circle Award, Best Design, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Victorian Green Room Award, Best Design of an Opera, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Victorian Green Room Award, Best Design of an Opera, Lake Lost
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design, La Bohème

cinema passionate, fashion addict, curious, enthusiastic.

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