Albert Wolsky


Costume Designer

About

Birth Place
Paris, FR
Born
November 24, 1930

Biography

After working for nearly a decade as a travel agent, Albert Wolsky decided to follow his dream and pursue a career which married his interests in theater and fashion. He began his career creating costumes for a number of stage productions including "Generation" (1964) and the musical "Your Own Thing" (1968-69). Wolsky entered films with "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" (1968) and first gar...

Notes

Wolsky has been a guest artist/lecturer at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA

Biography

After working for nearly a decade as a travel agent, Albert Wolsky decided to follow his dream and pursue a career which married his interests in theater and fashion. He began his career creating costumes for a number of stage productions including "Generation" (1964) and the musical "Your Own Thing" (1968-69). Wolsky entered films with "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" (1968) and first garnered notice for "Lenny" (1974), directed by Bob Fosse. He went on to create the costumes for Fosse's "All That Jazz" (1979), which brought him his first Oscar, and "Star 80" (1983). Wolsky has had a long working relationship with Paul Mazursky that began with "Harry and Tonto" (1974) and has encompassed his recreation of 40s and 50s New York ("Next Stop, Greenwich Village" 1976; "Enemies, A Love Story" 1989). While he has generally specialized in contemporary clothing, he has also designed a number of successful period films, ranging from the 50s high school look of "Grease" (1978) to the highly stylized 40s costumes of "Bugsy" (1991), for which he earned his second Academy Award. More recently, Wolsky handled the look of contemporary China in "Red Corner" and the chameleon changes for Bruce Willis in "The Jackal" (both 1997).

Filmography

 

Costume-Wardrobe (Feature Film)

Woman in the Window (2020)
Costume Designer
Ad Astra (2019)
Costume Designer
The Rules Don't Apply (2016)
Costume Designer
Birdman (2014)
Costume Designer
Larry Crowne (2011)
Costume Designer
Duplicity (2009)
Costume Designer
Revolutionary Road (2008)
Costume Designer
Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
Costume Designer
Across the Universe (2007)
Costume Designer
Ask the Dust (2006)
Costume Designer
Jarhead (2005)
Costume Designer
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Costume Designer
Road to Perdition (2002)
Costume Designer
Maid in Manhattan (2002)
Costume Designer
Lucky Numbers (2000)
Costume Designer
Runaway Bride (1999)
Costume Designer
Galaxy Quest (1999)
Costume Designer
You've Got Mail (1998)
Costume Designer
The Jackal (1997)
Costume Designer
Red Corner (1997)
Costume Designer
Up Close and Personal (1996)
Costume Designer
Striptease (1996)
Costume Designer
The Grass Harp (1995)
Costume Designer
Junior (1994)
Costume Designer
The Pickle (1993)
Costume Designer
The Pelican Brief (1993)
Costume Designer
Fatal Instinct (1993)
Costume Designer
Toys (1992)
Costume Designer
Scenes from a Mall (1991)
Costume Designer
Bugsy (1991)
Costume Designer
Funny About Love (1990)
Costume Designer
Enemies, A Love Story (1989)
Costume Designer
Cookie (1989)
Costume Designer
Chances Are (1989)
Costume Designer
She-Devil (1989)
Costume Designer
Moon Over Parador (1988)
Costume Designer
Nadine (1987)
Costume Designer
Legal Eagles (1986)
Costume Designer
Crimes Of The Heart (1986)
Costume Designer
Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
Costume Designer
The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)
Costumes
The Falcon And The Snowman (1985)
Costume Designer
Moscow on the Hudson (1984)
Costume Designer
To Be or Not to Be (1983)
Costume Designer
Star 80 (1983)
Costume Designer
Still of the Night (1982)
Costume Designer
Sophie's Choice (1982)
Costume Designer
Tempest (1982)
Costume Designer
Paternity (1981)
Costume Designer
All Night Long (1981)
Costumes
Willie & Phil (1980)
Costume Designer
The Jazz Singer (1980)
Costume Designer
All That Jazz (1979)
Costume Designer
Meteor (1979)
Costumes
Manhattan (1979)
Costume Designer
Moment By Moment (1978)
Costume Designer
An Unmarried Woman (1978)
Wardrobe
Fingers (1978)
Costume Designer
Grease (1978)
Costume Designer
An Unmarried Woman (1978)
Costumes
The Turning Point (1977)
Costumes
Thieves (1977)
Costumes
Thieves (1977)
Wardrobe
Beauty and the Beast (1976)
Costume Designer
Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976)
Costumes
Lenny (1974)
Costume Designer
Harry and Tonto (1974)
Costume Designer
Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1972)
Costume Design
Lady Liberty (1972)
Costume Design
Up the Sandbox (1972)
Wardrobe Designer
The Trial of the Catonsville Nine (1972)
Costume Design
Little Murders (1971)
Costume Design
Born to Win (1971)
Costume Design
Loving (1970)
Costumes
Where's Poppa? (1970)
Costume Design
Lovers and Other Strangers (1970)
Wardrobe
Popi (1969)
Costumes
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)
Costume Design

Cast (Special)

The Hollywood Fashion Machine (1995)

Costume-Wardrobe (Special)

Of Mice and Men (1968)
Costume Designer

Life Events

1960

At age 30, decided to pursue a career as a theatrical costume designer

1964

First Broadway credit, "Generation"

1968

First feature as costume designer, "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter"

1971

Recreated stage designs for the film version of "Little Murders"

1974

First collaboration with Paul Mazursky, "Harry and Tonto"

1974

Initial screen collaboration with Bob Fosse, "Lenny"

1976

Sole TV credit, designed costumes for the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production of "Beauty and the Beast"; earned an Emmy nomination

1978

Designed the 1950s fashions for "Grease"

1979

Won first Academy Award for Bob Fosse's "All That Jazz"

1982

Dressed Meryl Streep in both "Still of the Night" and "Sophie's Choice"; earned second Academy Award nomination for the latter

1985

Received third Academy Award nomination for "The Journey of Natty Gann"

1989

Designed clothing for two Susan Seidelman films, "Cookie" and "She-Devil"; the latter co-starring Meryl Streep

1991

Won second Academy Award for the Barry Levinson directed, "Bugsy"

1992

Again collaborated with Barry Levinson for "Toys"; earned fifth Academy Award nomination

1996

First collaboration with director Jon Avnet, "Up Close and Personal"

1997

Created the costumes for two films starring Richard Gere, "Red Corner" (directed by Jon Avnet) and "The Jackal" (directed by Michael Caton-Jones)

1999

Was the costume designer for "Galaxy Quest"

2002

Designed costumes for the Sam Mendes directed, "Road to Perdition"

2005

Again collaborated with Mendes for "Jarhead"

2007

Designed costumes for Julie Taymor's "Across the Universe"; earned sixth Academy Award nomination

2008

Again collaborated with Sam Mendes, to design the costumes for "Revolutionary Road"; earned seventh Academy Award nomination

Bibliography

Notes

Wolsky has been a guest artist/lecturer at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA