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Sarah Arthur  * Costume Designer

Sarah Arthur
Sarah Arthur
Costume Designer

Sarah Arthur is a long serving costume designer on British television. Initially working on TV movies, she entered work on episodic series with 'The Cops' [1998], followed by designing for 39 episodes of 'Bad Girls' between 1999 and 2001.

She then worked exclusively on every episode of 'Footballers Wives' for the series' five years between 2002 and 2006. Other credits include 'Holby Blue' [2007] and 'Mistresses' [2008], and 'Toast' [2010] - a biographical television film of the renowned British chef Nigel Slater - before moving onto 'Sherlock' in 2010. Sarah jettisoned much of the previous costume design work from the abandoned pilot episode, retaining only Sherlock's iconic Belstaff 'Milford' coat and Jeff Hope's outfit.

You can find numerous quotes from Sarah Arthur on her thinking and design choices dotted throughout the items in our Wardrobe section.

When asked how she achieved Sherlock's look for the BBC modernisation, Sarah is quoted as saying:"Holmes wouldn't have any interest in fashion so I went for classic suits with a modern twist: narrow-leg trousers and a two-button, slim-cut jacket. I also went for slim-cut shirts and a sweeping coat for all the action scenes - it looks great against the London skyline."

  • 2010Toast
  • 2010 - 2012Sherlock (TV series)
  • 2009Mister Eleven (TV mini-series)
  • 2007 - 2008Holby Blue (TV series)
  • 2008Mistresses (TV series)
  • 2002 - 2006Footballers' Wives (TV series)
  • 1999 - 2001Bad Girls (TV series)
  • 1998The Cops (TV series)
  • 1997Food for Ravens (TV movie)
  • 1991Some Other Spring (TV movie)
  • 1990Sunday Pursuit (short)