Robert de Niro, Al Pacino, Bong Joon-ho sign suit to save Derek Jarman’s cottage

Designer Sandy Powell is asking film stars to sign her suit to raise funds for Prospect Cottage.

Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell used her Bafta outfit to help raise the funds needed to save the home of her mentor and close friend Derek Jarman earlier this week. Powell – who was nominated for her work on Martin Scorsese’s 2019 film The Irishman – spent much of her time at the ceremony enlisting celebrities to sign her suit, which will be auctioned in aid of the Art Fund.

The charity is aiming to raise £3.5 million to keep the late filmmaker, artist and LGBTQ+ activist’s home and personal archive from being sold.

Robert de Niro, Al Pacino, Scarlett Johansson, Renée Zellweger, Bong Joon-ho, Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern, Woody Harrelson and Joaquin Phoenix have already penned their signatures on the suit, as well as Elle Fanning, Richard E Grant, Courtney Love, Gwendoline Christie, Joker Director Todd Philips and Margot Robbie.

Powell hopes to take the star-studded suit to the Oscars on Monday (10 February) in order to get more signatures. “I won’t wear it to the ceremony itself,” she told The Guardian“But maybe to one of the parties. But I definitely want to get Martin Scorsese, who has agreed to do it.”

The news comes after Tilda Swinton, Tuner Prize winner Jeremy Deller, Tacita Dean, Wolfgang Tillmans and many more pledged to help save the iconic cottage.

For more information, visit the Art Fund website.