British designer Blake wins Spanish film prize

AFP News22 September 2012
Yvonne Blake receives the National Cinematography award
Anglo-Spanish costume designer Yvonne Blake receives the National Cinematography award from Spanish culture minister Jose Ignacio Wert during the 60th San Sebastian International Film Festival in San Sebastian. Blake won a top Spanish cinema award for a 50-year career in which she has won an Oscar and dressed the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Marlon Brando

British costume designer Yvonne Blake won a top Spanish cinema award on Saturday for a 50-year career in which she has won an Oscar and dressed the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Marlon Brando.

Spain's Culture Minister Ignacio Wert handed the National Cinematography Award to Blake, who was born in Manchester in 1938 but has lived for years in Spain, at the international film festival in San Sebastian.

"My job shows that behind the camera too there is talent and good work in Spanish cinema," she said. "I share this prize gladly and proudly with all women technical workers in our film industry -- we count too."

Blake was the first woman non-actor to receive the prize since it was created in 1980.

Her first major film job was making costumes for Sophia Loren in the 1966 film "Judith". She went on to design the costumes for stars such as Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Brando and Robert De Niro.

She won an Oscar for the costumes in the 1971 film "Nicholas and Alexandra".

The jury that awarded her the prize said she "made the wardrobe into one of the most valuable parts of the many films she worked on".

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