Colleen's greater acclaim came in the 80's when working with director Tim Burton for his eccentric take on suburbia in "Edward Scissorhands" with Edwards elaborate leather suit and the almost hallucinatory pastels of the supporting cast colleen was able to almost create the character in the outfits themselves.
Since the 1980's Colleen has designed for Over 50 movies and won 5 Academy Awards for Best Costume Design, most recently for the 2010 remake of Alice In Wonderland. Again working with Tim Burton colleen used a three part process for the design one designing the real-world setting of Alices life in Victorian England. Two, designing the costumes of Wonderland and its live inhabitants; and three, collaborating on clothing design for animated characters bringing together this award winning styles.
"Costumes are the first impression that you have of the character before they open their mouth-it really does establish who they are."