It is a great honor for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase, it only saddens me that my husband, Tony Blanco, cannot be with me to share this moment, as he would be as honored and proud as I am.
I congratulate you on the beautiful initiative to support and celebrate the dedication, passion and integrity of women in film everywhere, and I thank TheWIFTS Board for considering me worthy of this precious award. I am very sorry to be unable to receive it in person. Thank you!
THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE
JULY 2nd 2016
Passion & Integrity Commerce & Creativity Equality Not Hierarchy
Sarah Arthur - United Kingdom
The Sylvie Nissen Costume Design Award
Responsible for the seminal look of the costumes for the 21st Century reimagining of Sherlock, the classic tales of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and her body of work in costuming a myriad of series for television over three decades, Sarah Arthur is the recipient of TheWIFTS Sylvie Nissen Costume Design Award 2016.
Sarah Arthur has worked as a Costume Designer for film and television on period and contemporary productions, for the past thirty years.
The nature of the business in film and television revolves around building strong relationships, and Sarah over the years has accomplished this art to the business, being repeatedly reinstated with the same producers and directors, on their future projects.
Sarah Arthur says: "Working from someone's vision is hugely exciting and rewarding. Reading the script and presenting ideas from that script to the writer, director and producers and hence formatting the characters, are what makes every project a challenge. The smallest detailing is key for the authenticity of the characters. Subtlety and sensitivity means the characters/actors can find their own identities within their costumes. I believe it is essential not to over style, unless the script requires it; collaboration is an essential part of this process. I love a challenge and strive to make a difference on every project I embark on."
Arthur works within the storylines to make the costumes realistic and epitomize the characters in question, and be adaptable to the many action scenes, which are often involved. She uses different fabrics/textiles, accessories and jewellery allowing her to individualise and provide depth to each character.
One of the many challenges Arthur and other costume designers face in television today is the lack of budget for the project in question. Sarah prides herself on achieving the look the show calls for – without compromising the look that is required because of the budget. In rendering this eventuality, Sarah has an extensive stock of high-end contemporary and period costumes including uniforms, lingerie, footwear, jewellery and accessories – from which she can accommodate.
In 2012, Sarah Arthur was nominated for an Emmy® for Sherlock
(A Scandal in Belgravia) for Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie.
For the period film Treweryn (1996) she was awarded a Welsh BAFTA
For Costume Design.
As well as designing costumes for television series, over the 30 years, Sarah has worked on Costume Design for Light Entertainment and Current Affairs. In addition, she regularly styles the many stars she has filmed with for promotional purposes: such as billboards, magazines, newspapers advertisement, and interviews.
Sarah Arthur began in television working on the episodic series The Cops , followed by designing for 39 episodes of Bad Girls between 1999 and 2001. She then worked exclusively on every episode of Footballers Wives for the series' five years between 2002 and 2006. Other credits include Holby Blue  and Mistresses , and Toast  – a biographical television film of the renowned British chef Nigel Slater.