Sandy Powell received her training at London's Central School of Design and began her career creating costumes for fringe theater productions and for The Cholmondeleys, a London dance company. She earned critical praise with her first screen designs for Derek Jarman's "Caravaggio" (1986), which were based on that 16th Century artist's paintings. Powell forged a close working relationship with Jarman that encompassed "The Last of England" (1987). "Edward II" (1991) and "Wittgenstein" (1993). The designer's work has been divided between meticulously recreating period clothing to creating contemporary fashions. Powell earned an Academy Award nomination for the costumes for "Orlando" (1993) which included Elizabethan, Victorian and modern designs. She tread similar ground with "Being Human" (1994), an anthology film set in five different time periods (from the Bronze age to modern day). Since the early 1990s, Powell has been the designer of choice for director Neil Jordan, providing the contemporary fashion for "The Crying Game" (1992), the lavish 18th Century clothing in "Interview With the Vampire" (1993) and the stylings of Ireland in the 20s for "Michael Collins" (1996).