Luciana Arrighi is the daughter of an Italian diplomat and Australian mother, and was educated with her family world-wide. She studied Art and began work in the theatre both in Australia and Rome. She was fortunate to be selected by BBC TV. LONDON for their Designer Training Scheme, and became a Designer there with three films for Ken Russell: ISADORA, ROUSSEAU, and his work on the LAKELAND POETS.

Arrighi then took a two year sabbatical in Paris to become top mannequin for Yves St. Laurent where she also learnt much about costume making and the obsessive perfection of Haute Couture.

With this knowledge, she returned to London to design costumes for the D’Oyley Carte’s new production of THE GONDOLIERS. When Ken Russell moved to feature films, he asked her to design the sets for WOMEN IN LOVE After this came John Schlesinger’s SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY. She worked repeatedly for Schlesinger on MADAM SOUSATZKA, and THE INNOCENT, and on his operas – BALLO IN MASCHERA for the SALZBURG FESTIVAL under Herbert von Karajan with Placido Domingo; and later PETER GRIMES at La Scala Milano and Los Angeles Opera.

She returned to Australia to design both sets and costumes for Gillian Armstrong’s MY BRILLIANT CAREER. Also for Gillian Armstrong, she designed sets and costumes for MRS SOFFEL, and was Production Designer on OSCAR AND LUCINDA. Whilst in Australia, Arrighi designed for both theatre, and opera at Australian Opera, including costumes for TROVATORE with Joan Sutherland, and THE MAKROPOULOUS CASE with Elisabeth Soderstrom.

Opera designs continued, including TANNHAUSER for Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and OTELLO with Placido Domingo at Vienna Staatsoper.

Films began to dominate, and her best known work is with the Merchant¬≠Ivory team; HOWARDS END, for which she was awarded the Oscar for Production Design, REMAINS OF THE DAY (Oscar nomination) and SURVIVING PICASSO. ONLY YOU for Norman Jewison followed; then SENSE AND SENSIBILITY for Ang Lee, and JAKOB THE LIAR with Robin Williams, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, and ANNA AND THE KING (Oscar nomination)

More recent films have been POSSESSION, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST, BEING JULIA, FADE TO BLACK, and also television for HBO: THE GATHERING STORM (BAFTA Award and Emmy nomination), MY HOUSE IN UMBRIA, MY ZINC BED, and INTO THE STORM (Emmy nomination 2009). Latest film is FROM TIME TO TIME, written and directed by Julian Fellowes.

Arrighi is married with two grown-up children, and they divide their time between London, and France. Among other interests she has illustrated six published children’s books.