Ellen Mirojnick’s creative roots run deep. Born and raised in New York City, her early interests in fine art, photography and fashion led to the prestigious High School of Music and Art. After graduation, she further pursued her study of design at The School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design.
Ellen entered the world of fashion in the early 1970’s, designing for the emerging Junior Sportswear market. Her fashion-forward instincts quickly propelled her to become one of the most sought-after designers in the field. Her talent for creating youthful, au courant style reverberated throughout the industry.
It wasn’t long before Mirojnick set her sights on Hollywood, beginning a career which has spanned three decades. As a pre-eminent Hollywood Costume Designer, Ellen’s passion for contemporary design has had an impact on motion picture style. Mirojnick’s film work has exhibited a sophisticated, timeless approach to modern storytelling and has yielded iconic characters that have become cultural references.
She has won an Emmy and has been nominated for BAFTA and CDG awards. In 1998, she received a Saturn Award for her work in Starship Troopers and was honored with the Cutty Sark Menswear Award for her sartorial statement in Wall Street.
The list of prominent filmmakers Ellen has designed for is extensive: Steven Soderberg, Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, both Tony and Ridley Scott and J.J.Abrams. The talent she has costumed reads like a Who’s Who of Hollywood: Diane Keaton, Glenn Close, Sharon Stone, Paula Patton, Catherine Zeta Jones, Susan Sarandon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sienna Miller, Sandra Bullock, Diane Lane, Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Tom Cruise, Channing Tatum, Ashton Kutcher, Robert Downey Jr. and Denzel Washington. Emerging talent includes Imogeon Poots, Aaron Paul and Dakota Johnson.
In 2010, she collaborated with actor James Franco to create images that were included in “Visionaire 59: Fairytales“. Subsequently, Ellen joined forces with artist Richard Phillips to create videos, featuring Lindsay Lohan and Sasha Grey, that were exhibited at the 2011 Venice Biennale. Thanks to this partnership, Ellen continues as an innovator at the crossroads of fashion, art and film.
Ellen has lectured at UCLA, the Lincoln Center Film Society, the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She has been profiled in numerous international fashion publications, as well as on AMC’s Hollywood Fashion Machine series, “The Costume Designer”. In addition, she is also featured in the design book “Filmcraft” and soon to be published book “Behind the Candelabra”.
Her work has been displayed in the “50 Designers/50 Films” exhibit at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the 1998 Florence Biennale, FIDM’s 2011 and 2012 Annual Exhibits, and the prestigious “Hollywood Costume “ at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.
Ellen has just won an Emmy Award for her work on “Behind the Candelabra”and has recently been nominated for a BAFTA and Costume Designers Guild Award.