Francis Ford Coppola and Eiko Ishioka

How Eiko Ishioka’s revolutionary costumes won Coppola’s “Dracula” an Oscar

The story behind an unlikely collaboration

The Academy
Jan 7, 2016 · 5 min read

Coppola and Ishioka had known each other for almost 20 years when he finally asked her to be the costume designer for his production of Dracula.

It All Started With A Poster Series

One of Ishioka’s posters for “Apocalypse Now”
Ishioka on the set of “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters”

And Now For Something Completely Different

Winona Ryder and Gary Oldman in a scene from “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”

Coppola’s would be an adaptation of the well-known legend that was told, Ishioka said, as though everyone had taken LSD.

But First, A Wooden Stake To The Black Cape

Nature was a primary source of inspiration for Ishioka, who injected organic details into many of the film’s costumes.

Two Very Different Wedding Dresses

This dress contrasts sharply with the costume she wears when Dracula finally seduces her.

Photo (right) by Ralph Nelson

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