Sandy Powell’s signed suit to be auctioned to help save Prospect Cottage

  • Published 4 March 2020

Phillips will host the online auction of Powell’s suit, which is signed by over 100 stars of the film world, with all funds raised going to Art Fund’s campaign to help save Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage.

Sandy Powell with Bong Joon Ho signing her suit at the EE British Academy Film Awards Dinner & After Party, Sunday 2 February 2020 at The Great Room & Ballroom, Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. Image: © Carlo Paloni/BAFTA

Sandy Powell with Bong Joon Ho signing her suit at the EE British Academy Film Awards Dinner & After Party, Sunday 2 February 2020 at The Great Room & Ballroom, Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

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Image: © Carlo Paloni/BAFTA

British costume designer and three-time Academy Award winner Sandy Powell is to donate the cream calico suit she wore to the 2020 Critics’ Circle, BAFTA and Oscar ceremonies to raise funds for our £3.5million campaign to save Prospect Cottage, the home and garden of visionary British filmmaker, artist and activist Derek Jarman.

Throughout the awards season Sandy asked nominees to sign the suit, gathering the autographs of over 100 film world stars including Scarlett Johansson, Brad Pitt, Renée Zellweger, Bong Joon Ho, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Elton John, Joaquin Phoenix, Laura Dern, Saoirse Ronan and many more known for their work both in front of and behind the camera.

Jarman was a close friend and mentor to Powell, who started her career working as the costume designer on his 1986 film Caravaggio.

Phillips’ online auction will run from 11am on Wednesday 4 March to 5pm GMT on Wednesday 11 March 2020. During this time the suit will be on display at the front reception at Phillips in Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London.

Campaign reaches major milestone

The campaign received a major boost last week with a commitment from the Luma Foundation to protecting Derek Jarman’s legacy as a pioneering filmmaker. The foundation has restored Jarman’s 92 Super 8 shorts and shared them with audiences worldwide, and there is huge potential for future collaboration between the artistic programme of residencies planned for Prospect Cottage and the Luma Foundation’s cultural centre in Arles, France, currently under development.

This grant, together with support from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, the Linbury Trust and the contributions of over 4,500 people to our crowdfunding campaign, brings the funds raised so far to £2,640,000 – with £860,000 still to be raised by 31 March 2020 to purchase Prospect Cottage and to establish a permanently funded programme to conserve and maintain the building, its contents and its garden for the future.

Artists Tacita Dean, Jeremy Deller, Michael Craig-Martin, Isaac Julien, Howard Sooley, Wolfgang Tillmans and Peter Fillingham, and landscape designer Dan Pearson, have donated rewards in return for donations on Art Fund’s crowdfunding site. Painter Peter Doig has also donated a work to be sold in support of the campaign.

Stephen Deuchar, Art Fund director, said: ‘As we approach the final phase of the campaign to save Prospect Cottage and protect and extend Derek Jarman’s legacy, today marks a significant milestone as we celebrate the Luma Foundation’s major grant in support of our cause. Meanwhile, Sandy Powell’s idea of auctioning a star-signed suit, made possible by Phillips, is a brilliant, beautiful gesture, propelling us further towards our important target and its challenging deadline.’

Phillips said: 'Phillips is very proud to support Art Fund’s campaign to save Prospect Cottage and to protect Derek Jarman’s legacy. We are honoured to host both the online auction and the exhibition of Sandy Powell’s wonderful suit in our galleries on Berkeley Square. The goal in our partnership is to help secure Prospect Cottage’s future as a centre of creative activity and we are incredibly humbled to play a part.'

Maja Hoffmann, President of the Luma Foundation: said, 'Since 2011, we have been very committed to safeguarding Derek Jarman’s archive of Super 8 works for the future, which will become part of the Archives Programme at Luma Arles (France). The Luma Foundation looks forward to continuing its support of Jarman’s work by facilitating artist residencies and fostering exchanges between Arles and Prospect Cottage.'

Stars signing Sandy's suit

Here are just a few shots of stars signing Sandy Powell's suit, in support of our campaign to save Prospect Cottage. Take a look at the full list of signatories below – with more names still being added.

Sandy Powell with actor Renée Zellweger © Sandy Powell/Instagram

Sandy Powell with actor Renée Zellweger

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© Sandy Powell/Instagram

Sandy Powell with director Spike Lee © Sandy Powell/Instagram

Sandy Powell with director Spike Lee

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© Sandy Powell/Instagram

Sandy Powell with actor Leonardo DiCaprio © Sandy Powell/Instagram

Sandy Powell with actor Leonardo DiCaprio

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© Sandy Powell/Instagram

Sandy Powell with director Waad Al-Kateab © Sandy Powell/Instagram

Sandy Powell with director Waad Al-Kateab

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© Sandy Powell/Instagram

The full list of signatures:

Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Alexandre Desplat, Alfie Allen, Alfonso Cuarón, Amy Pascal, Andrew Buckland, Andrew R Jones, Andy Nelson, Andy Serkis, Anna Paquin, Anne Morgan, Annie Symons, Antonio Banderas, Arianne Phillips, Asa Butterfield, Asif Kapadia, Aziz Anzari, Barbara Ling, Baz Bamigboye, Beanie Feldstein, Bernie Taupin, Beverley D’Angelo, Billie Eilish, Billie Porter, Bob Shaw, Bong Joon Ho, Brad Pitt, Brian Selznick, Callum MacDougal, Carol Dysinger, Charlize Theron, Chelsea Winstanley, Christopher Peterson, Courtney Love, Cynthia Erivo, Damian Lewis, Daniel Battsek, Daniel Kaluuya, Danny Boyle, Darren Aronofsky, David Furnish, David Heyman, David Parfitt, David Shields, David Walliams, Dean Charles Chaplin, Dennis Glassner, Derek Brown, Dexter Fletcher, Dianne Warren, Dominic Tuohy, Donatella Versace, Dr Amani Ballour, Duncan Kenworthy, Edith Bowman, Elena Andreicheva, Elizabeth Banks, Elizabeth Karlsen, Elle Fanning, Elton John, Emma Tillinger, Fejmi Daut, Finola Dwyer, George MacKay, Gerard Butler, Greg Butler, Greta Gerwig, Gwendoline Christie, Harvey Keitel, Helen McCrory, Honor Swinton Byrne, Jacqueline Durran, Jaime Winstone, Jamy Temime, Jane Rosenthal, Janelle Monae, Jarin Blaschke, Jasi Lemmons, Jason Solomons, Javier Braier, Jayne Ann Tenggren, Jeff Reichert, Jehane Noujaim, Jeremy Scott, Jessie Buckley, Jinko Gotoh, Joanna Hogg, Joaquin Phoenix, Joe Alwyn, Jon Hamm, John Haptas, John Maybury, Jonas Rivera, Jonathan Pryce, Julian Fellowes, Kaitlyn Dever, Kate Byers, Katherine Narducci, Kay Georgiou, Kristine Samuelson, Kyle James, Ladj Ly, Laura Dern, Lawrence Sher, Leandro Estebecorena, Lee Sandales, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Rose Depp, Linn Waite, Liz Miller, Marco Alessi, Margot Robbie, Marisa Roman, Mark Bridges, Mark Jenkin, Mark Kermode, Mark Nielsen, Mark Strong, Martin Scorsese, Matt Aitkin, Matt Lefebvre, Matt Smith, Matthew Jacobs Morgan, Mayes Rubeo, Michael McCusker, Michael Ward, Michele Clapton, Nick Rhodes, Nicki Ledermann, Noah Baumbach, Olivia Colman, Pablo Almodóvar, Pablo Helman, Pam Hogg, Patricia Clarkson, Paul Croal, Paulie Herman, Peggy Siegal, Peter Fillingham, Peter Swords King, Pippa Harris, Ra Vincent, Rami Malek, Ray Romano, Ray Winstone, Rebel Wilson, Regina Graves, Renée Zellweger, Richard E Grant, Robert De Niro, Robert Eggers, Rodrigo Prieto, Roger Deakins, Rooney Mara, Roman Griffin Davis, Ruth Carter, Saiorse Ronan, Sally Potter, Sam Mendes, Samir Ljuma, Sarah Swords, Scarlett Johansson, Sergio Pablos, Shane Boris, Shannon McIntosh, Sigrid Dyekjaer, Smitri Mundhra, Sophie Muller, Spike Lee, Stephane Grabli, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Stephen Graham, Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Woolley, Steven A Morrow, Steven Zaillian, Stuart Wilson, Taika Waititi, Ted Sarandos, Terry Gilliam, Thelma Schoonmaker, Tiago Pavan, Tod Maitland, Todd Phillips, Tracey Seaward, Tracey Ullman, Tristan Versluis, Waad Al-Kateab, Woody Harrelson