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Melissa McCarthy & Brian Tyree Henry Deserve Best Presenter Oscar

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Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry stole the show as presenters for the Best Costume Design award tonight at the Academy Awards. In a parody mash-up of two Oscar-nominated films based on British royal history, McCarthy, donning the red hair of Mary Queen of Scots‘ Margot Robbie, flowed onto the Dolby Theatre stage in an elaborate gown adorned by as many rabbits as Olivia Colman had in The Favourite. "These artists create a pastiche of textiles with authenticity yet… Read

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‘The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs’ Costume Designer Mary Zophres Breaks Down Approach To Six Western Vignettes

With several Westerns under her belt prior to The Ballad of Buster Scruggsthe Coen brothers' latest—Mary Zophres knows the many challenges that come with the territory. Earning her first Oscar nomination for True Grit back in 2010, the costume designer has shared the experience of so many artists, who have confronted the well-worn genre, and the precedent that's been set with its countless iterations to date, which have seemed to approach it from every possible… Read

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Costume Designer Sandy Powell’s Risk-Taking Pays Off With Pair Of Oscar Nominations For ‘The Favourite’ & ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

In terms of Oscars won, Sandy Powell may be behind her peer, Colleen Atwood, down 3-4. But with dual nominations today for The Favourite and Mary Poppins Returns, the costume designer takes her career tally to 14, becoming the most-nominated living artist in her field. With three wins — for The Young Victoria, The Aviator, and Shakespeare in Love — and those 14 nods, Powell moves ever closer to the accomplishments of Edith Head, the most decorated costume designer in the… Read

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How Costume Designer Caroline Eselin Crafted Classic, Timeless Looks & Color Stories For ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Given the remarkably positive nature of her first collaboration with Barry Jenkins on Moonlight, costume designer Caroline Eselin dove head first into the director's next film, If Beale Street Could Talk. Set in Harlem, the period film follows Tish, a young woman in the midst of a stellar love affair, who becomes pregnant, just as her fiancé is hauled off to prison for a crime he didn't commit. While Beale Streetwas appealing given its director alone, an artist Eselin… Read

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CDGA Nominations: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, ‘Black Panther’ Among Pics Fitted For Costume Designers’ List

The final alterations and trims have been made, so now we have the list of nominations for the Costume Designers Guild’s 21st annual CDGA. The awards will be handed out February 19 during the ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Read the list below. The top film and TV noms each are split into three categories — contemporary, period and sci-fi/fantasy. A number of awards-season regulars made the cut on the film side, with noms going to the costumers behind A Star Is Born Read

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Keri Langerman Creates Her Own Pop Star For ‘Vox Lux,’ Sourcing Vegan-Friendly Fashions For Natalie Portman

For costume designer Keri Langerman, the intrepid Vox Lux was an "incredibly interesting" project to take on, that could be "incredibly intimidating" in equal part. Defying categorization by genre and not easily captured in a log line, the Neon drama follows Celeste (Raffey Cassidy, and later, Natalie Portman), an ordinary teenager who survives a school shooting in 1999. From this moment, she is never the same, going on to become a pop star whose anthems dominate the… Read

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How ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Costume Designer Mary E. Vogt Dressed Enormous & Elegant Ensemble — Production Value Video Series

The highest-grossing romantic comedy in a decade, which has taken in over $238 million worldwide, Crazy Rich Asians looks like it was made with an impossibly large budget, though this wasn't in fact the case. A star-studded studio smash set between Singapore and New York, which examines the lives of the ultra-wealthy, the Warner Bros. pic was budgeted at $30 million, meaning that each of its stunning locations and opulent costumes was a carefully considered choice. This… Read

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Sandy Powell Balances History & Stylization With Costumes For ‘The Favourite’ And ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Even as one of the film industry’s preeminent costume designers, a three-time Oscar winner with 12 nominations since 1994, Sandy Powell had a lot on her plate, signing up for Rob Marshall’s Mary Poppins Returns. A sequel to a 1964 classic, the Disney musical would require the designer to take Poppins into a new era, with the help of Emily Blunt. This was a film with a lot to live up to, with a stunning number of moving parts. And yet, fueled by adrenaline and rampant… Read

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The Art Of Craft: Ruth E. Carter Breaks Down Series Of Early Sketches For ‘Black Panther’ Costumes

With over 40 film credits and two Oscar nominations to her name, costume designer Ruth E. Carter took on superhero scope for the first time with Ryan Coogler's Marvel phenomenon Black Panther. Following T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman)—a superhero and King-to-be in the technologically advanced, African nation of Wakanda—the Marvel pic hinged largely on one central question. That question, for Coogler, was: What does Africa mean to me? "For Ryan, it was an exploration of his… Read

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Marci Rodgers Discusses Costuming The Ku Klux Klan For ‘BlacKkKlansman’

On Spike Lee's Golden Globe-nominated BlacKkKlansman, Marci Rodgers was presented with the unusual task of costuming the Ku Klux Klan. Premiering at Cannes, where Lee won the Grand Jury Prize, the director's latest tells the true story of Ron Stallworth, the first African-American police officer in the Colorado Springs bureau who, in astonishing fashion, managed to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. Of course, in preparing to tell this story, Rodgers hit the books, educating… Read

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The Art Of Craft: Costume Designer Alexandra Byrne Dresses ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’ In Denim

Twice costuming Queen Elizabeth I between 1998 and 2007—withElizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age—costume designer Alexandra Byrne knew well the opportunities and challenges of dressing the Queen, going into Josie Rourke's Mary Queen of Scots. Setting out on the Focus Features release, which charts the tempestuous relationship between the Queen and her cousin, Mary Stuart, there were certain practical realities to deal with up front, to do with limitations on period… Read

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How ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Costume Designer Julian Day & Star Rami Malek Fashioned A Freddie Mercury That Felt Just Right

On Bohemian Rhapsody, depicting the rise of Freddie Mercury from outsider status to that of an icon, costume designer Julian Day went after the essence of a figure that was larger than life, seeking to please both legions of diehard Queen fans and his lead actor, Rami Malek. For various reasons, Mercury was a substantially difficult character to take on. As singular of a stage presence as he was, with a uniquely potent global fan base, the musician was as influential in… Read