Michael Wilkinson is a costume designer based in Los Angeles. He has a degree in Design from the National Institute of the Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in his hometown, Sydney, Australia. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Society (AMPAS), and the Costume Designers Guild (CDG). Variety magazine recently included Wilkinson in their “Below the Line Impact” list of film-makers that have significant impact in their field of expertise.
Michael’s costume design work includes the costumes for AMERICAN HUSTLE, staring Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Christian Bale, for which he has been nominated for multiple upcoming awards including an Oscar nomination in Best Achievement in Costume Design, a Costume Designers Guild Award nomination for Excellence in Period Film, and a BAFTA nomination for Best Costume Design.
Currently, Michael is designing the costumes for the upcoming BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN project, starring Amy Adams and Ben Affleck, and featuring Michael’s new Batsuit and Wonder Woman costume designs.Upcoming releases include the post-apocalyptic NOAH, starring Russell Crowe and Emma Watson.
Michael’s most recent work also includes the latest installment of the Superman franchise, MAN OF STEEL, starring Henry Cavill and Amy Adams, and the final films, and TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART I and PART II, with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Previous costume design projects include Zack Snyder’s worldwide hit “300″ and fantasy action film SUCKER PUNCH, Joe Kosinski’s futuristic TRON: LEGACY, starring Olivia Wilde and Jeff Bridges, the action thriller WATCHMEN, the Civil War drama JONAH HEX with Josh Brolin and Michael Fassbender, TERMINATOR SALVATION starring Christian Bale, and the cult hits GARDEN STATE, AMERICAN SPLENDOR and PARTY MONSTER.
Michael has been nominated for, and has won, numerous awards for his work, including 2014 Oscar and BAFTA nominations, Costume Designers Guild Award nominations, Saturn Awards, and Hollywood Film Festival and Hamilton Behind the Camera wins. He was also nominated in 2006 for a CDG Award for his contemporary designs seen in the international ensemble drama BABEL.
Earlier in his career, Michael worked as a design assistant on Baz Luhrmann’s spectacular epics, MOULIN ROUGE and ROMEO + JULIET, and on the Wachowski Bros. film, THE MATRIX: RELOADED.
His theater work includes award-winning costume designs for the Sydney Theater Company, Opera Australia, The Australian Dance Theater and Radio City Hall. Michael also designs commercials, and works in Special Event design – he created hundreds of costumes for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the SYDNEY 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES.