Costume Designer RUTH MYERS, a two time Academy Award nominee (Emma, The Addams Family) has contributed her style to such diverse films as The Golden Compass (for which she received the Costume Designer’s Guild Award for Excellence in Fantasy Film); The Painted Veil, based on W. Somerset Maugham’s novel, and starring Naomi Watts, Edward Norton and Live Schreiber; The Deep Blue Sea, directed by Terence Davies from his adaptation of the Terence Rattigan play and starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston; Gil Kenan’s sci-fi fantasy City of Ember, starring Saoirse Ronan and Bill Murray (for which she was nominated for a Satellite Award) and director Curtis Hanson’s L.A. Confidential (for which she received a BAFTA nomination) and Philip Kaufman’s HBO movie Hemingway & Gellhorn, starring Nicole Kidman, Clive Owen and David Strathairn (for which she received a Primetime Emmy nomination).
Most recently, Myers designed the costumes for David Yates’ The Legend of Tarzan starring Alexander Skarsgård and Margot Robbie; Mortdecai directed by David Koepp and starring Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow; Molly Moon: The Incredible Hypnotist, starring Emily Watson, Dominic Monaghan and Joan Collins; Effie Gray, written by and starring Emma Thompson, and also starring Dakota Fanning and Claudia Cardinale and Vampire Academy, directed by Mark Waters.
Born and raised in Manchester, England, she trained at St. Martin’s College of Art in London, then went to work at the Royal Court Theatre, followed by a year working in repertory. She returned to the Royal Court, contributing to at least 15 productions, including John Osborne’s “Hotel in Amsterdam” and “Time Present,” and David Hare’s “Stag.”
She began designing for low-budget English films with Smashing Time (now famous for its era-defining Mod look); A Touch of Class, starring George Segal, Glenda Jackson and Paul Sorvino and Peter Medak’s The Ruling Class and The Twelve Chairs. Persuaded by Gene Wilder to come to America, she collaborated with him on the World’s Greatest Lover, The Woman in Red and Haunted Honeymoon.
She then designed Joseph Losey’s Galileo and The Romantic Englishwoman; Sydney Pollack’s The Firm; three films for Fred Schepsi Plenty, The Russia House and I.Q.; Norman Jewison’s And Justice for All; Ken Russell’s Altered States; Jack Clayton’s Something Wicked This Way Comes.
Additional motion picture credits include three with writer/director Douglas McGrath: Infamous, starring Daniel Craig and Sandra Bullock; Nicholas Nickleby, starring Charlie Humman, Jamie Bell and Christopher Plummer; Taylor Hackford’s Proof of Life; Mimi Leder’s Deep Impact; Cradle Will Rock, directed by Tim Robbins; Mr. Saturday Night, written and directed by Billy Crystal who also starred; The Marrying Man, written by Neil Simon and starring Kim Basinger, Alec Baldwin and Robert Loggia; director Lawrence Kasdan’s The Accidental Tourist, starring William Hurt, Kathleen Turner and Geena Davis and two films for director Jocelyn Moorhouse: A Thousand Acres, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange and Jennifer Jason Leigh and How to Make An American Quilt, starring Winona Ryder, Ellen Burstyn and Anne Bancroft.
Myers designed the costumes for the pilot episode of HBO’s Carnivàle, creating the look for the continuing series. For her work she received a Primetime Emmy Award and the Costume Designers Guild Award.
In 2008, Myers received the Costume Designers Guild Career Achievement Award.