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Lizzy Gardiner
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Designer
    (1966- )
    Born in Australia
    Costume designer for the films 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert' (1994), 'Bound' (1996), 'Welcome to Woop Woop' (1997), 'Woundings' (1998), 'Eye of the Beholder' (1999), 'Mission: Impossible II' (2000), 'The Great Raid' (2005), 'Ghost Rider' (2007) and 'The Ruins' (2008)
    She said about going to boarding school as a teen, 'I was such an extrovert and then became so introverted, I don’t think I ever recovered. Social situations are still difficult for me.'
    She wore a dress made from 254 American Express gold cards to the Oscar ceremony (1995).
    She had originally conceived of the dress as a costume for 'Priscilla,' but American Express had forbidden it.
    However, once the dress got exposure at the Oscars, American Express decided to feature it (and Gardiner) in newspaper ads.
    She said, 'For years, my two brothers and I had a gay nanny who would pick us up from school in a dress (he’d call it a caftan), turban and jewellery. I guess he was the one who instigated the dressing up and putting on shows.'
    She won an Oscar, a BAFTA Award and an Australian Film Institute Award for the costumes in 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.'
    Her American Express gold card dress was auctioned off for $12,650 with the proceeds going to the American Foundation for AIDS Research (1999).

Credit: C. Fishel


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