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Catherine Martin (designer)

Catherine Martin
File:Catherine Martin (Australian designer).jpg
Born (1965-01-26) 26 January 1965 (age 51)
Lindfield, Sydney, Australia
Alma mater Sydney College of the Arts
East Sydney Technical College
National Institute of Dramatic Arts
Occupation Costume designer, production designer, set designer, and film producer
Spouse(s) Baz Luhrmann (1997–present)
Academy Awards
Best Art Direction
2001 Moulin Rouge!
Best Costume Design
2001 Moulin Rouge!
2013 The Great Gatsby
Best Production Design
2013 The Great Gatsby
Tony Awards
Best Scenic Design
2003 La Boheme
BAFTA Awards
Best Production Design
1992 Strictly Ballroom
1996 Romeo + Juliet
2013 The Great Gatsby
Best Costume Design
1992 Strictly Ballroom
2013 The Great Gatsby
AFI Awards
Best Production Design
1992 Strictly Ballroom
2001 Moulin Rouge!
Byron Kennedy Award

Catherine Martin (born 26 January 1965) is an Australian costume designer, production designer, set designer, and film producer. She won two Academy Awards for Moulin Rouge! in 2002 and another two for The Great Gatsby in 2014. Having won four Oscars, she is the most awarded Australian in Oscar history, having overtaken 1950s costume designer Orry-Kelly.

Life and career

Martin was born in Lindfield, New South Wales. She went to school at North Sydney Girls High School. As a schoolgirl, she worked as an usherette at the Roseville theatre.[1] She studied visual arts at the Sydney College of the Arts, and pattern cutting at East Sydney Technical College. She did a Diploma Design Course at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, where she started collaborating with her collegemate Baz Luhrmann (now her husband).

Catherine Martin designed sets and costumes for Luhrmann's one-act stage precursor of Strictly Ballroom. After completing studies, she worked as a designer on Luhrmann's production of "Lake Lost" (1988). In 1989, she designed the sets for an Australian stage production of Diary of a Madman starring Geoffrey Rush. She worked on Luhrmann's La bohème (1990) and A Midsummer Night's Dream.[citation needed]

She recreated her designs for screen-version of Strictly Ballroom (1992), for which she won two Australian Film Institute Awards (Best Production design and Best Costume design). She won an Oscar nomination (as a production designer) for Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet (1996). She also made her debut as an associate producer for the same film. She married Luhrmann on her 32nd birthday, 26 January 1997.[citation needed]

Their third feature collaboration was Moulin Rouge! (2001), the last in Luhrmann's The Red Curtain Trilogy. She designed the sets and co-designed the costumes with Angus Strathie. The feature earned her two Academy Awards: for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.[2]

In 2002, she adapted her set and costume designs for Luhrmann's Broadway adaptation of La bohème,[3] for which she won Broadway's 2003 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical and won a nomination as Best Costume Designer (along with Angus Strathie).

She designed Nicole Kidman's vintage wardrobe for her husband's 2008 film Australia.[4] In 2009, she received a fourth Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Costume Design for Australia, but lost the award to Michael O'Connor for The Duchess.

She has also launched a range of home wares, featuring paints, wallpaper and rugs.[5]

Personal life

She met her husband, Baz Luhrmann, in college and the pair wed in 1997. The couple have two children together: a girl, Lillian Amanda Luhrmann, born on 10 October 2003 and a boy, William Alexander Luhrmann, who was born on 8 June 2005.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Caroline Overington (26 March 2002). "Two Oscars, but only one Baz". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Catherine Martin nabs Oscar nomination for Australia". Sydney Morning Herald. 23 January 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Alev Aktar (21 November 2002). "Catherine Martin revives '50s fashion in the new Broadway version of 'La Bohˆme'". NY Daily News. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Vintage Australia". The Telegraph. 19 November 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Catherine Martin". Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c "Celeb Detail : Catherine Martin". Retrieved 16 December 2012. 

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