Piero Tosi

Piero Tosi ( born April 10, 1927) is an Italian costume designer who was nominated five times for an Oscar for Best Costume Design, and thus in addition to Patricia Norris and Howard Shoup belongs to those that were most frequently nominated in this category without an Oscar in to obtain a competition. But at the Oscar ceremony in 2014, he received an honorary Oscar after all.


Tosi studied post-school painting at the Art Academy in Florence by Ottone Rosai. He began his career as a costume designer in 1951 for the film Bellissima and created in the aftermath during his career costumes for nearly 50 films.

In 1960 he won the Nastro d' Argento for the first time the Italian Film Journalists ' Association ( Sindacato Nazionale Giornalisti Cinematografici Italiani ( SNGCI ) ) for Best Costume Design ( Migliori Costumi ) in dub makes a career (1959). Other times with the Nastro d' Argento in this category, he received in 1962 for The House on Via Roma ( 1961), 1963 Senilità (1962 ) and in 1964 for The Leopard (1963). For the costumes in The Leopard, he was also the first time nominated for the Academy Awards in 1964 for an Oscar for Best Costume Design in a color film.

For Death in Venice (1971 ) Tosi was nominated not only at the Academy Awards in 1972 for Best Costume Design, but also won for costume design in 1972, the Nastro d'Argento again the SNGCI as well as the first time the British Film Award.

In 1974 he was again nominated for one for Ludwig II (1973 ) for the Academy Award for costume design and was given to the other again the Nastro d' Argento for the costumes in the SNGCI Malizia (1973). At the Oscar ceremony in 1980 was followed by another nomination for Best Costume Design along with Ambra Danon for La Cage Aux Folles (1978). In 1981, he won the David di Donatello awards for Best Costume Designer ( Migliore Costumista ) for The Lady of the Camellias (1981).

Another success was La traviata (1982 ), he, on the one hand again the Nastro d' Argento the SNGCI and his second BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design and was nominated for another for the fifth and final time at the Academy Awards in 1983 for Best Costume Design. For Zeffirelli's Sparrow ( Storia di una Capinera, 1993) he has won both the David di Donatello Prize of the best costume designer also Nastro d'Argento of his last SNGCI in the category of Best Costume Design.

Most recently, he has been repeatedly honored for his life's work: 2003 to the President's Award ( President's Award ) of the Guild of Costume Designer ( Costume Designers Guild ( CDG) ) and in 2006 the prize for the 50th anniversary of the David di Donatello Award. In 2014 he received an honorary Oscar for his life's work.

Other films for which Tosi created the costumes, were Rocco and His Brothers (1960) and The House Key (Le chiavi di casa, 2004). During his career, he worked with renowned film directors such as Gianni Amelio, Mario Soldati, Mauro Bolognini, Luchino Visconti, Salvatore Samperi, Franco Zeffirelli and Edouard Molinaro.

Some years he was also a lecturer at the National Film School ( Scuola Nazionale di Cinema) of the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome.