Grace Snell is an award winning Costume Designer working on internationally acclaimed feature films, television and advertising campaigns.
Born in Norwich, England. Grace graduated from Wimbledon College of Art in 2012 with a BA in Theatre Design; Costume Interpretation.
Starting out in music promos Grace quickly established lasting relationships with production companies such as Riff Raff & Blink; often called upon to design and make all her costumes on tight budgets, picking up a UK MVA nomination for Best Styling in 2017 and a British Craft Arrow nomination in 2019.
Grace continues to design commercial work collaborating with directors including Georgi Banks-Davis, Sam Brown, thirtytwo, Francois Rousselet, Megaforce and Michael Gracey and has shot in Cuba, France, Spain, Iceland, Romania, Hungary, Ukraine and the UAE.
In 2015, Grace signed to her first agency aged 25. For the following 8 years Grace’s passion for long form storytelling has seen her work on visually rich films including Rare Beasts (Dir. Billie Piper) premiering at Venice Film Festival in 2019 and Mogul Mowgli (Dir. Bassam Tariq) winner of the Fipresci Prize at Berlinale 2020.
After being put forward by Billie Piper, Grace went on to design I Hate Suzie, the BAFTA nominated show co-created by Piper & Lucy Prebble for Sky Atlantic. Grace’s designs for the show would see her lauded by the press with British Vogue saying the show was ‘Full of stand out pieces’ and was also included on the ‘Best Costumes in TV 2020’ list by the Evening Standard.
Grace picked up Best Costume Design at the British Independent Film Awards in 2021 for her work on The Souvenir Part II, after being nominated the previous year for her work on The Souvenir. Grace’s third film with director Joanna Hogg, The Eternal Daughter (A24), is due for release in 2023.
2023 also sees the release of The Gold (BBC) a 6 part 1980s drama directed by Academy Award winner Aneil Karia, Grace’s second collaboration with Karia, having previously designed his BAFTA nominated short Work (Film 4) in 2017.
Grace has recently arrived back from the Orkney Islands where she wrapped on The Outrun directed by Nora Fingscheidt. The film is an adaptation of the Sunday Times Best Seller of the same name by Amy Liptrot and stars Saoirse Ronan as the lead.
In addition to her design work Grace has sat on the jury for the British Arrows and internationally for the Shots Awards, where she was Head Judge for the Casting/Production & Styling Category. Grace is actively involved in training and mentoring industry peers from trainees to heads of department, one of whom was recently accepted onto a ScreenSkills Leader of Tomorrow programme. A proud moment for Grace as she herself was recognised by Screen Daily as an International Star of Tomorrow in 2021.