Laurence Olivier Award
for Best Costume Design
Awarded forBest Costume Design
Location England
Presented bySociety of London Theatre
First awarded1991
Currently held byMarg Horwell for The Picture of Dorian Gray (2024) Edit this at Wikidata

The Laurence Olivier Award for Best Costume Design is an annual award presented by the Society of London Theatre in recognition of achievements in commercial London theatre. The awards were established as the Society of West End Theatre Awards in 1976, and renamed in 1984 in honour of English actor and director Laurence Olivier.

This award was introduced in 1991. There had been an award for Designer of the Year from 1976 to 1990, originally focused on set designers but including an increasing number of commingled nominations for other design specialties through the years. The commingled single award was retired after the 1990 ceremony, with more granular awards introduced in 1991 for Best Set Design and Best Lighting Design, along with this Best Costume Design award.

Winners and nominees


Year Designer Production
Jasper Conran The Rehearsal
Sue Blane Into the Woods
Tom Cairns Sunday in the Park with George
Mark Thompson The Wind in the Willows
Mark Thompson The Comedy of Errors
Ashley Martin-Davis The Miser
James Merifield The Boys from Syracuse
Philip Prowse A Woman of No Importance
William Dudley Heartbreak House and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice
Bob Crowley Carousel and Hamlet
Anthony Powell Hay Fever and Trelawny of the 'Wells'
Carl Toms An Ideal Husband
Gerald Scarfe An Absolute Turkey
Sue Blane Antony and Cleopatra
Johan Engels Tamburlaine the Great
Anthony Ward The Winter's Tale
Deirdre Clancy Love's Labour's Lost and A Month in the Country
Stephen Brimson Lewis Design for Living and Les Parents terribles
David Charles and Jane Greenwood She Loves Me
Clare Mitchell Le Cid and Saint Joan
Anthony Ward A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Way of the World
Deirdre Clancy Absolute Hell and Twelfth Night
Nicky Gillibrand A Little Night Music
Richard Hudson Volpone
Tim Goodchild The Relapse
Louise Belson By Jeeves
William Dudley Mary Stuart
David C. Woolard Tommy
Tim Goodchild Three Hours After Marriage
Nicky Gillibrand Lady in the Dark
Ann Hould-Ward Beauty and the Beast
William Ivey Long Chicago
William Dudley Amadeus and The London Cuckolds
Maria Björnson Britannicus and Phèdre
Bunny Christie As You Like It
Robert Jones Henry VIII


Year Designer Production
Julie Taymor The Lion King
Rob Howell Money and Troilus and Cressida
Robert Jones The Winter's Tale
Elise and John Napier Candide
Alison Chitty Remembrance of Things Past
Gregg Barnes Pageant
Bob Crowley Cressida and The Witches of Eastwick
Roger Kirk The King and I
Jenny Beavan Private Lives
Martin Pakledinaz Kiss Me, Kate
Kevin Pollard Shockheaded Peter
Anthony Ward My Fair Lady
Jenny Tiramani Twelfth Night
William Dudley The Coast Of Utopia
Mike Nicholls Taboo
Mark Thompson Bombay Dreams
Christopher Oram Power
Mara Blumenfeld Pacific Overtures
Raimonda Gaetaniat Absolutely! (Perhaps)
Martin Pakledinaz Thoroughly Modern Millie
Deirdre Clancy All's Well That Ends Well
Bob Crowley Mary Poppins
John Gunter and Mark Bouman Hamlet
William Ivey Long The Producers
Es Devlin The Dog in the Manger
Rob Howell Hedda Gabler
Christopher Oram Don Carlos
Anthony Ward Mary Stuart
Alison Chitty The Voysey Inheritance
Tim Hatley Spamalot
Susan Hilferty Wicked
Vicki Mortimer The Man of Mode
Gregg Barnes The Drowsy Chaperone
Rob Howell The Lord of the Rings
William Ivey Long Hairspray
Tom Piper and Emma Williams The Histories
Rob Howell The Norman Conquests
Christopher Oram Twelfth Night
Matthew Wright La Cage aux Folles


Year Designer Production
Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Peter McKintosh Hello, Dolly!
Christopher Oram Madame de Sade
Amy Roberts The Misanthrope
Hildegard Bechtler After the Dance
Lez Brotherston Design for Living
Bob Crowley Love Never Dies
Mark Thompson London Assurance
Peter McKintosh Crazy for You
Tim Hatley Shrek
Rob Howell Matilda
Catherine Zuber South Pacific
Jon Morrell Top Hat
Bob Crowley The Audience
Jenny Tiramani Twelfth Night
Anthony Ward Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Mark Thompson Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Nicky Gillibrand The Wind in the Willows
Soutra Gilmour Merrily We Roll Along
Rae Smith The Light Princess
Christopher Oram Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies
Robert Jones City of Angels
Paul Tazewell Memphis
Alejo Vietti Beautiful
Gregg Barnes Kinky Boots
Hugh Durrant Nell Gwynn
Jonathan Fensom Farinelli and the King
Katrina Lindsay Bend It Like Beckham
Katrina Lindsay Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Gregg Barnes Dreamgirls
Hugh Durrant Cinderella
Rob Howell Groundhog Day
Vicki Mortimer Follies
Hugh Durrant Dick Whittington
Roger Kirk 42nd Street
Paul Tazewell Hamilton
Catherine Zuber The King and I
Fly Davis Caroline, or Change
Anna Fleischle Home, I'm Darling
Gabriella Slade Six


Year Designer Production
Joanna Scotcher Emilia
Hugh Durrant Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Jonathan Lipman Fiddler on the Roof
Paloma Young & Juliet
2021 Not presented due to extended closing of theatre productions during COVID-19 pandemic[A]
Catherine Zuber Moulin Rouge!
Jon Morrell Anything Goes
Christopher Oram Frozen
Tom Scutt Cabaret
Kimie Nakano My Neighbour Totoro
Frankie Bradshaw Blues for an Alabama Sky
Hugh Durrant Jack and the Beanstalk
Jean Paul Gaultier Jean Paul Gaultier Fashion Freak Show
Marg Horwell The Picture of Dorian Gray
Bunny Christie & Deborah Andrews Guys and Dolls
Ryan Dawson Laight La Cage aux Folles
Hugh Durrant Peter Pan
  1. ^ a b Due to late March 2020[1] to late July 2021[2] closing of London theatre productions during the COVID-19 pandemic in England, the 2022 awards recognise productions that launched anytime from February 2020 to February 2022[3]

Multiple awards and nominations for Best Costume Design


Two awards


Six nominations
Five nominations
Four nominations
Three nominations
Two nominations

See also


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  1. ^ Johnson, The Rt Hon Boris, MP (2020-03-23). Prime Minister's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 23 March 2020 [transcript] (Speech). Prime Minister's Televised Speech to the United Kingdom. London, UK. Archived from the original on 2020-06-09. Retrieved 2022-04-25. From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction — you must stay at home.((cite speech)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ McPhee, Ryan (2021-06-14). "U.K. Postpones Reopening Roadmap; West End Theatres Will No Longer Reopen in Full in June". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2021-06-14. Retrieved 2022-04-25. Step 4 of the roadmap will allow productions to play without capacity restrictions. June 21 was the goal; now, the government is eyeing July 19.
  3. ^ Thomas, Sophie (2022-03-08). "Everything you need to know about the Olivier Awards". Archived from the original on 2022-04-11. Retrieved 2022-04-25. Any new production that opened between 19 Feb. 2020 to 22 Feb. 2022 are eligible for categories in the 2022 Olivier Awards. With two years worth of shows set for honours in one year's ceremony, the 2022 Olivier Awards will prove tougher competition than before.