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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
‘Black Panther’s Ruth E. Carter To Receive Costume Designers Guild Honor
Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter, who created the stylish garb for Disney/Marvel’s blockbuster film Black Panther, is set to receive the Career Achievement Award at the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGA). The gala, which will take place on February 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, celebrates excellence in film, television, and short form costume design.
There will be a few changes at this year’s gala. CDGA has announced the addition of an eighth competitive… Read
‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Costume Designer On Series’ “Beautiful Color Compositions” & Midge’s Season 1 Arc
After winning her first Emmy a decade ago for HBO miniseries John Adams, costume designer Donna Zakowska is once again reaping the benefits of intricate period work, with Amazon comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
For Amy Sherman-Palladino's acclaimed series, following an extraordinary housewife turned comedienne, Zakowska sought to capture the sartorial spirit of 1958 New York City. While tracking the fashion of a dynamic, vibrant time in the history of the East Coast… Read
‘Les Miserables’ First Look Photos From Masterpiece PBS Adaptation Out
The latest adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel Les Miserables is coming to Masterpiece PBS, and the first look at cast images are out.
Masterpiece is teaming with BBC One on the upcoming six-part event. The partners have set key cast with Dominic West playing Jean Valjean and David Oyelowo as Javert. Lily Collins has also boarded as Fantine with Adeel Akhtar and Olivia Colman as Monsieur and Madame Thénardier. A co-production from Lookout Point and BBC Studios, the… Read