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Magdalena Teslawska and Pawel Grabarczyk

Designer Biography

Magdalena Teslawska - Costume designer. A film and television costume designer and a fashion designer, she graduated from the State School of Fine Arts in Łódź in 1969. She started working for films right after graduation. She has designed costumes for the films of such directors as Andrzej Barański, Ryszard Ber, Paweł Komorowski, Andrzej Krauze, Wojciech Has, Jerzy Hoffman (The Deluge, With Fire and Sword, Juliusz Machulski (The Squadron, Jan Rybkowski (The Nest, Jerzy Wójcik and Andrzej Żuławski (In the Silver Globe, Boris Godunov, The Blue Note, The Shaman Woman).

She has also designed costumes for children's films, including Princess Anne's Ring (dir. Maria Kaniewska) and The Tale of Master Twardowski (dir. Krzysztof Gradowski). She also contributed to the costumes for the Hollywood production The Last Dragon. She has worked for drama theatres and the Television Theatre, designing costumes for productions including Liar (TV Theatre, dir. Paweł Trzaska), The Wedding (Powszechny Theatre, dir. Krzysztof Nazar), Tristan and Isolde (TV Theatre, dir. Krystyna Janda), Caesar and Pompey (TV Theatre, dir. Jerzy Antczak), Father Marek (TV Theatre, dir. Krzysztof Nazar), Richard III (Adekwatny Theatre, dir. Henryk Boukołowski).

Fashion design was her great passion. Her successes in this area include a show of her collection in Lyon, and a Polish collection presented at an international show in Rouen. She has received an award from Przekrój weekly, and the Łódź chapter of the Polish Artsists' Association gave her a medal for the production of the year for the film Medea (dir. Jerzy Wójcik).

At the Polish National Opera, she and Paweł Grabarczyk prepared the costumes for the production of Moniuszko's The Haunted Manor directed by Andrzej Żuławski, the costumes for Puccini's Madame Butterfly and Verdi's Otello directed by Mariusz Treliński, with stage design by Boris Kudlička. She also designed the costumes for two famous opera productions directed by Mariusz Treliński - The Queen of Spades at Berlin's Staatsoper Unter Den Linden and the Polish National Opera, and Andrea Chénier with the Teatr Wielki in Poznań, the Washington Opera and the Polish National Opera. She prepared the costume design of Madame Butterfly with the Mariinski Theatre in St. Petersburg and for the ballet evening Szymanowski and Dance with the Polish National Opera.

Magdalena Tesławska died on February 6th, 2011 in Warsaw.

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Costume at the Turn of the Century (1990 - 2015) - Moscow, Russia - - June-August 2015

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