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UK family firm behind Oscar hits

Friday, February 24, 2012 - 02:31

Feb. 24 - Business is booming for the UK's family run costumiers Angels, after four of the five movies they supplied costumes to are nominated in the Best Costume Design category at this year's Oscars, including Martin Scorsese's Hugo and Madonna's directorial debut W.E. Hayley Platt reports.

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UPSOUND Martin Scorsese's Paris adventure Hugo was nominated for 11 Oscars. One of them was for Best Costume Design. And it's here inside Britain's biggest wardrobe where many of those outfits came from. Family-run firm Angels have been dressing the entertainment industry for more than 160 years. Jeremy Angel is Creative Director and the sixth generation of the family to work in the business. SOUNDBITE: Jeremy Angel, Creative Director, Angels, saying (English): "We've worked with the bond franchise, we worked on Shakespere in Love, we worked recently on Hugo which was a really big job. It's everything from the small to the large, we work on everything." Angels provided clothes and accessories for four out of the five movies nominated in this year's best costume design category. Madonna's re-telling of the 1930's love story between the UK's King Edward the VIII the American socialite Wallace Simpson is another, along with Jane Eyre and Anonymous. SOUNDBITE: Jeremy Angel, Creative Director, Angels, saying (English): "As a company it's great to say that we've worked on these films that have won Oscars for Best Costume but it's not always about the awards. As long as it looks good on camera we can sit there in the cinema and on TV and say that looks great, that's a great feeling for us." Angel's was founded in 1840 when Jeremy's great great great grandfather Morris first began renting costumes to actors. Since then it's grown into a small empire with their north London warehouse housing 8 miles of clothes rails. This is the officer's uniform worn by actor Hugh Bonneville's character the Earl of Grantham in the hit television drama Downton Abbey. SOUNDBITE: Jeremy Angel, Creative Director, Angels, saying (English): "Film, TV and theater is one of the biggest parts of our business still. We have got a fancy dress website - FancyDress.com - which is a huge part of the business but I'd still say that 60 percent of the company's business is done, if not 70 percent is done through the Film and TV hire section." The current revival of period dramas has helped boost Angels' business. But with more than six milllion items of clothing from almost every era and every country there aren't many trends Angels can't cater for. Hayley Platt, Reuters

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UK family firm behind Oscar hits

Friday, February 24, 2012 - 02:31