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Piero Tosi
Tosi in 2001
Born(1927-04-10)10 April 1927
Died10 August 2019(2019-08-10) (aged 92)
Rome, Italy
OccupationCostume designer

Piero Tosi (10 April 1927 – 10 August 2019) was an Italian costume designer. He has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design five times. In 2013, he received an Academy Honorary Award as "a visionary whose incomparable costume designs shaped timeless, living art in motion pictures."

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Tosi's film credits include Senso, Bellissima, The Leopard, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Death in Venice, The Night Porter, and La Traviata.

He was particularly known for his exhaustively researched and intricately detailed historical costumes.

He won the David di Donatello for Best Costumes twice, as well as the 50th Anniversary David in 2006. He also won the BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design twice, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design five times.

He died in Rome on 10 August 2019, at the age of 92.[1]

Partial filmography

Year Title Director Notes
1951 Bellissima Luchino Visconti
1954 Senso
1957 White Nights
1959 Policarpo Mario Soldati
1960 Rocco and His Brothers Luchino Visconti
Love in Rome Dino Risi
Il bell'Antonio Mauro Bolognini
1961 On the Tiger's Back Luigi Comencini
The Lovemakers Mauro Bolognini
1962 Careless
1963 The Leopard Luchino Visconti
The Organizer Mario Monicelli
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Vittorio De Sica
1964 The Ape Woman Marco Ferreri
1967 The Stranger Luchino Visconti
1968 Ghosts – Italian Style Renato Castellani
Spirits of the Dead Federico Fellini
Louis Malle
Roger Vadim
1969 The Damned Luchino Visconti
Medea Pier Paolo Pasolini
1970 Metello Mauro Bolognini
1971 Bubù
Death in Venice Luchino Visconti
1973 Ludwig
We Want the Colonels Mario Monicelli
1974 The Night Porter Liliana Cavani
1975 Down the Ancient Staircase Mauro Bolognini
1976 The Innocent Luchino Visconti
1977 Beyond Good and Evil Liliana Cavani
1978 La Cage aux Folles Édouard Molinaro Co-designed with Ambra Danon
1981 The Lady of the Camellias Mauro Bolognini
The Skin Liliana Cavani
1982 Beyond the Door
1983 La Traviata Franco Zeffirelli
1993 Sparrow
2004 The Keys to the House Gianni Amelio

Awards and nominations

Major associations

Indicates non-competitive categories

Academy Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1963 Best Costume Design – Color The Leopard Nominated [2]
1971 Best Costume Design Death in Venice Nominated [3]
1973 Ludwig Nominated [4]
1979 La Cage aux Folles Nominated [5]
1982 La Traviata Nominated [6]
2013 Academy Honorary Award Received [7]

BAFTA Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
British Academy Film Awards
1971 Best Costume Design Death in Venice Won [8]
1983 La Traviata Won [9]

Miscellaneous awards

List of Piero Tosi other awards and nominations
Award Year Category Title Result
Costume Designers Guild Awards 2002 President's Award † Received
David di Donatello Awards 1981 Best Costumes The Lady of the Camellias Won
1994 Sparrow Won
2006 50th Anniversary David † Received
Globo d'oro 2000 Career Golden Globe † Received
Nastro d'Argento Awards 1960 Best Costume Design Policarpo Won
1961 Rocco and His Brothers Nominated
1962 The Lovemakers Won
1963 Careless Won
1964 The Leopard Won
The Organizer Nominated
1969 Spirits of the Dead Nominated
1970 The Damned Nominated
1971 Metello Nominated
1972 Death in Venice Won
1974 Ludwig Won
1976 Down the Ancient Staircase Nominated
1981 The Lady of the Camellias Won
1983 La Traviata Won
1995 Sparrow Won
2014 Honorary Ribbon † Received


  1. ^ "È morto il costumista Piero Tosi: lavorò con Visconti, disse no a Kubrick e vinse l'Oscar". Corriere della Sera. 10 August 2019. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  2. ^ "The 36th Academy Awards (1964) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  3. ^ "The 44th Academy Awards (1972) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  4. ^ "The 46th Academy Awards (1974) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  5. ^ "The 52nd Academy Awards (1980) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  6. ^ "The 55th Academy Awards (1983) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  7. ^ "The 2013 Governors Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  8. ^ "25th British Academy Film Awards". British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). Retrieved August 15, 2023.
  9. ^ "37th British Academy Film Awards". British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). Retrieved August 15, 2023.

External links

  • Piero Tosi, on Instagram @pierotosiofficial, the only official IG page , created by Valentina Tosi: Piero's niece and Andrea Sorrentino : Costume Designer, Piero Tosi's student and his close friend.
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