Bafta will honour Angels Costumes, the world's largest costume house, for its contribution to the world of cinema. The London costume house, which is in its 175<sup>th year, has collaborated with many productions that either won a Bafta or Oscar award for best costume.
It has supplied costumes to several films nominated at the 2016 Baftas, including Cinderella, The Danish Girl, Bridge Of Spies and The Lady In The Van.
Angels Costumes has also been associated with Lawrence Of Arabia, Alfred Hitchcock, Star Wars and Harry Potter among others. Dame Pippa Harris, chairwoman of Bafta's film committee, said the company remained "at the very heart" of the film industry.
"It's extraordinary to think that Angels Costumes has been in existence longer than BAFTA or indeed cinema itself. It remains at the very heart of our industry, supplying iconic costumes for a remarkable range of films from Doctor Zhivago and Chariots of Fire to Shakespeare in Love and Gladiator, as well as this year's Cinderella and The Danish Girl," she said.
Tim Angel, chairman of Angels Costumes, said the award recognised the "incredibly-talented people that have worked for the company over the years".
"To have been at the heart of the British and international film industry from the very start is an incredible achievement, and we are all honoured to play a role in its continued growth. As cinema has evolved and changed, so too has Angels, and we are looking forward to seeing what the next hundred years of film will bring," he said.
Some productions which collaborated with Angels and won Bafta or Oscar for best costume, include the following: Hamlet (1948), Gigi (1958), Doctor Zhivago (1965), A Man For All Seasons (1966), Oh What A Lovely War (1969), Star Wars (1977), Chariots Of Fire (1981), The Last Emperor (1987), Henry V (1989), The English Patient (1996), Shakespeare In Love (1998), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Vera Drake (2004), La Vie en Rose (2007), The Duchess (2008), The Young Victoria (2010), Alice In Wonderland (2011), Anna Karenina (2012), The Great Gatsby (2013), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2015).