Sharen Davis is an Emmy Award-winning and two-time Academy Award-nominated costume designer whose discerning eye for detail has created some of the most memorable costumes in film and television.
She received her Emmy Award in the Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costume category for her work on HBO’s critically acclaimed Watchmen, starring Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Jean Smart, and Louis Gossett, Jr. Her two Oscar nominations honored Davis’ work in period costume design for the Ray Charles biographical film, Ray, directed by Taylor Hackford and starring Jamie Foxx, Regina King, and Kerry Washington, and the 1960s-set musical feature, Dreamgirls, directed by Academy Award-winner Bill Condon and starring Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles, and Jamie Foxx.
For her designs on HBO’s critically acclaimed series, Westworld, Davis earned an Emmy nomination and went on to receive the Costume Designers Guild Award—the fifth such honor bestowed by her fellow designers following The Help, Dreamgirls, Watchmen, and Ray. The Costume Designers Guild even bestowed Davis with the Career Achievement Award in 2022.
Davis’ costumes have been an integral element of the storytelling of groundbreaking features spanning historical, contemporary, and fantasy genres, such as Denzel Washington’s The Great Debaters, Antwone Fisher, Fences, and A Journal for Jordan; Quentin Tarantino’s stylized western, Django Unchained; Tate Taylor’s feature adaptation of The Help and his James Brown biopic, Get on Up; Rian Johnson’s time-bending Looper; and Antoine Fuqua’s remake of the classic The Magnificent Seven.
Her other noteworthy credits include the feature films The Pursuit of Happyness, The Book of Eli, Alpha, Akeelah and the Bee, and Devil in a Blue Dress. Sharen’s most recent work can be seen in the Oscar-winning film King Richard, starring Will Smith and Aunjanue Ellis and directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green.
In addition to her accomplishments in costume design, Davis has acted as producer or executive producer on numerous short films and independent features, in part as an extension of her service as mentor to countless up-and-coming young filmmakers from diverse backgrounds. She has also served on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and is a member of the Television Academy.