Angels costumiers 'honoured' by top award for contribution to British film

By Julia Gregory in Local People

A FAMILY firm of costumiers which has dressed the greats of stage and screen over its 175 year history is being honoured with an award for its contribution to the British film industry.

Angels Costumes has a 160,000 sq foot warehouse in Hendon and has won this year’s BAFTA award for outstanding contribution to cinema. It will be presented at a star-studded ceremony hosted by Stephen Fry at the Royal Opera House on February 14.

The company follows in the footsteps of film and theatre royalty including director Derek Jarman, actor and director Kenneth Branagh, the Harry Potter film series, directors Mike Leigh, Ridley and Tony Scott and actor John Hurt who have received the award in the past.

A delighted company chairman Tim Angel said the award honoured the “incredibly talented people that have worked for the company over the years.”

Angels has dressed everyone from Noel Coward to Benedict Cumberbatch and Paloma Faith.

This year it has supplied costumes for Oscar and BAFTA nominated movies The Danish Girl, Bridge of Spies along with The Lady in the Van and Cinderella, which after also BAFTA nominees.

Mr Angel added : “To have been at the heart of the British and international film industry from the very start is an incredible achievement and we are all honoured to play a role in its continual growth.”

He is the sixth generation to be involved in the firm and added: “As cinema has evolved and changed so too has Angels, and we are looking forward to seeing what the next hundred years of film will bring.”

Dame Pippa Harris who chairs BAFTA’s film committee said: “It is extraordinary to think that the company has been in existence longer than BAFTA or indeed cinema itself.”

Angels opened its Garrick Road warehouse in 2002, giving it space r eight miles of costume rails.

A book about the company Behind the Seams, Seven Generations of Dressing the Stars of Stage, Screen and TV By James Bellini and Sally Angel, published by Morris Angel and Sons Ltd was published last autumn, priced £30.

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