An internationally recognized and prolific costume designer, Cunliffe most recently designed James Foley’s 50 Shades Darker and the upcoming 50 Shades Freed. Other credits include Billy Ray’s English language remake of the Argentinian Academy Award-winning film The Secret in Their Eyes, Lasse Hallström’s A Dog’s Purpose, and the comedy Get Hard, starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart.
Earlier credits include The Bourne Legacy, directed by Tony Gilroy–the Jeremy Renner-starring sequel to The Bourne Ultimatum, directed by Paul Greengrass, for which she also designed the costumes.
Cunliffe trained at the University of Bristol in England and began her design career in the New York theater. Her first job as costume designer was on Mrs. Soffel starring Diane Keaton and Mel Gibson. Cunliffe later worked with Gibson on his directorial debut, The Man Without a Face, and with Keaton on several projects including The Family Stone.
She has worked with an array of distinguished filmmakers, such as James L. Brooks, John Sayles, Gary Sinise, Taylor Hackford, Rob Reiner, Harold Ramis, Steve Zaillian, Brad Silberling, Amy Heckerling, David Mamet, Tarsem Singh, James Gunn, and Ken Kwapis. Cunliffe tapped into her musical theater roots when she teamed with Rob Marshall on the television movie version of Annie, for which she won a Costume Designers Guild Award and received an Emmy nomination.