Designing the Movies: Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Designing the Movies: Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Hosted by Natalie Atkinson, with Special Guest Ane Crabtree

Thursday October 12, 2017

7:00 PM ~ 10:00 PM (doors open 6:30 PM)

The Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave.


Bram Stoker’s Dracula 

Director, Francis Ford Coppola (1992) 155 min.

Advance tickets through Eventbrite here >

Film screening in conjunction with “Graphic Liberation of Gender: Eiko Ishioka Poster Exhibition” at the Japan Foundation, Toronto


In Francis Ford Coppola’s eerie and operatic romantic horror film BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA, the centuries-old vampire Count Dracula (Gary Oldman) comes to Victorian England to seduce his barrister’s fiancée Mina Murray (Winona Ryder) and create havoc.

This 25th anniversary screening coincides with an exhibition of work by art director and costume designer Eiko Ishioka at The Japan Foundation, Toronto. Prior to the screening, special guest Ane Crabtree, the Emmy-nominated costume designer of The Handmaid’s Tale, will join Designing the Movies host Nathalie Atkinson for an on-stage conversation about the film’s decadent costumes and the work of the Academy Award-winner Ishioka (1938-2012).


Trained in Tokyo as a graphic designer, Eiko Ishioka began her career at cosmetics giant SHISEIDO in 1961 and soon became the first woman to win Japan’s most prestigious advertising award. She initially met Francis Ford Coppola when she designed the striking Japanese posters for APOCALYPSE NOW; the director was wowed by her audacious talent and unique sensibility and she went on to design Eleanor Coppola’s book about the making of the movie, among other projects. “I wanted the costumes to be the set,” he later wrote about her intrinsic vision for Dracula. Ishioka’s work often draws imagery, inspiration and construction from the avant-garde, religious symbolism, anatomy and the natural world insects and reptiles inspired several of the most memorable costumes in the film.

Eiko Ishioka is recognized in the film industry for her work on Dracula and later, on Tarsem Singh’s THE FALL, MIRROR MIRROR, IMMORTALS and THE CELL; her production design for Paul Schrader’s MISHIMA: A LIFE IN FOUR CHAPTERS received a special Festival de Cannes prize for artistic contribution. Ishioka also contributed to the 2002 and 2008 Olympics and designing the dazzling stage costumes of Broadway’s M. BUTTERFLY, Cirque du Soleil VAREKAI and the Dutch National Opera’s production of of DER RING. She also won a Grammy award for her 1986 album design of TUTU by Miles Davis and her indelible work on BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA earned her an Oscar. Other exquisitely detailed and surreal creative output ranges from the direction of Björk’s 1992 “Cocoon” video to Grace Jones’ 2009 tour costumes.


A costume designer for film and television, Ane Crabtree made an immediate and lasting impression when she created the look for The Sopranos original HBO pilot, The Westworld series and Luck for HBO, and The Handmaid’s Tale for Hulu. Born in South Dakota and raised in Kentucky, Ane studied fine arts at Harlaxton College in Lincolnshire, England and fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Her singular vision has her working well with a wide range of directors and producers, including Warren Littlefield, Mimi Leder, Michael Apted, Michael Mann, and David Milch, and Robert Kirkman. She is known for her personal touch with actors such as Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, Ann Dowd, Elisabeth Moss, Dustin Hoffman, Viola Davis, Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas, Lizzy Caplan, and Michael Sheen. Ane is currently designing for The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 starring Elizabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, and Samira Wiley. Her recent work includes the Scottfree/FOX pilot for The Passage. She was nominated for a Costume Design Guild Award for PanAm (2012), Masters of Sex (2015), and Westworld (2016). Her films include the Sundance premiering Lila & Eve and Please Give, the Tribeca Film Festival premiering Every Day, and The Code. Ane’s most recent achievement is being Emmy nominated for The Handmaid’s Tale Season One.


Arts and culture writer, editor and film critic and also a columnist for The Globe and Mail. Nathalie Atkinson hosts this design-centric film and lecture series exploring art direction, costume, set decoration and production design.


Film series often focus on cast or director, or link by common subject themes; this ongoing series instead considers the crucial contributions of below-the-line craft in both popular favourites and forgotten gems from across the decades, genres and eras.

With expert introductions and special guest Q&As, we explore the talents whose names may be less familiar but whose work in production design, art direction, costume and set decoration is intrinsic to the look and world of their films.

Reception sponsored by Noble Estates, Francis Ford Coppola Winery.
Evening presented thanks to the gracious support of The Japan Foundation, Toronto.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Starring Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins and Keanu Reeves
USA, 155 minutes, Rated R

Advance tickets through Eventbrite here >