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Recognizing Fashion in Film: The 16th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards

by Alexis Ansley

Fashion and film have historically had an amazing and reciprocal relationship. The extravagant nature of film costumes have influenced fashion, and period pieces and fashion culture trends have inspired film.

Think of your most beloved movie, and then try to imagine it without the costumes and fashion that brought the piece to life. It’s difficult to picture any award winning film without the often overlooked contribution of costumes. Thankfully, they’re properly recognized, even if not always by the movie-going public.

Each year the Costume Designers Guild Awards celebrates excellence in film fashion and costumes. This year the 16th Annual Costume Designer’s Guild Awards awarded the very best in seven costume categories Saturday, February 22, 2014, in Beverly Hills, California.

Take a look at the nominees and winners for the ceremony and savor the intricate costume work.

 

EXCELLENCE IN CONTEMPORARY FILM
Blue Jasmine – Suzy Benzinger
Her – Casey Storm
Nebraska – Wendy Chuck
Philomena – Consolata Boyle
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Sarah Edwards

 

Kristen Wiig and a snowed-out Ben Stiller in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"

Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

 

Winner: Blue Jasmine – Suzy Benzinger

EXCELLENCE IN PERIOD FILM
12 Years a Slave – Patricia Norris
American Hustle – Michael Wilkinson
Dallas Buyers Club – Kurt & Bart
The Great Gatsby – Catherine Martin
Saving Mr. Banks – Daniel Orlandi

 

Jared Leto (left) and Matthew McConaughey (right) in Dallas Buyers Club

Jared Leto (left) and Matthew McConaughey (right) in Dallas Buyers Club

 

Winner: 12 Years a Slave – Patricia Norris

EXCELLENCE IN FANTASY FILM
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor, Bob Buck
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Trish Summerville
Oz: the Great and Powerful – Gary Jones, Michael Kutsche

Luke Evans (left) in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Luke Evans (left) in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Winner: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Trish Summerville

OUTSTANDING CONTEMPORARY TELEVISION SERIES
Breaking Bad – Jennifer Bryan
House of Cards – Tom Broecker
Nashville – Susie DeSanto
Scandal – Lyn Paolo
Saturday Night Live – Tom Broecker, Eric Justian

Aaron Paul (left) and Bryan Cranston (right) in Breaking Bad

Aaron Paul (left) and Bryan Cranston (right, as Walter White) in Breaking Bad

Winner: House of Cards – Tom Broecker

OUTSTANDING PERIOD/FANTASY TELEVISION SERIES
Boardwalk Empire – John Dunn, Lisa Padovani
The Borgias – Gabriella Pescucci
Downton Abbey – Caroline McCall
Game of Thrones – Michele Clapton
Mad Men – Janie Bryant

The richly clad Borgia clan, which inlcudes Jeremy Irons (second from right)

The Borgias

Winner: Downton Abbey – Caroline McCall

OUTSTANDING MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINISERIES
American Horror Story: Coven – Lou Eyrich
Behind the Candelabra – Ellen Mirojnick
Bonnie & Clyde – Marilyn Vance
House of Versace – Claire Nadon
Phil Spector – Debra McGuire

Matt Damon (left) and Michael Douglas (right, as Liberaci) in Behind the Candelabra

Matt Damon (left) and Michael Douglas (right, as Liberaci) in Behind the Candelabra

Winner: Behind the Candelabra – Ellen Mirojnick

EXCELLENCE IN COMMERCIAL COSTUME DESIGN
Call of Duty: “Ghosts Masked Warriors” – Nancy Steiner
Dos Equis: “Most Interesting Man in the World Feeds a Bear” – Julie Vogel
Fiat: “British Invasion” – Donna Zakowska

a menacing warrior in an ornate metal mask in Call of Duty: Ghosts Masked Warriors commercial

Call of Duty: “Ghosts Masked Warriors”

Winner: Call of Duty: “Ghosts Masked Warriors” – Nancy Steiner

 

Which are your favorite costumes? Do you disagree with the winners? Tell us in a comment below.

 

Sources:
Nominations and Wins: Costume Designers Guild

Images:
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: The Hollywood Reporter
Dallas Buyers Club: Entertainment Weekly
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Entertainment Weekly
Breaking Bad: Variety
The Borgias: Showtime
Behind the Candelabra: HBO
Call Of Duty: Ghosts Masked Warriors: CGMeetup.net

 

 

Alexis AnsleyAbout the Author:
Alexis Ansley is a Central Florida fashion blogger, fashion consultant and co-founder of Lex&Pooch Styling Co. An avid enthusiast for all things vintage, Alexis has made a name for herself by uniquely combining vintage and contemporary styles within her personal fashion choices and while styling clients. Alexis is a member of the Independent Fashion Bloggers (IFB) community and work towards bringing fresh and unique fashions to the forefront of all her style ventures.

 

 

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