The 15th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards
Feb. 20, 2013
Scene & Heard
Light February showers didn’t put a damper on spirits or style at the Beverly Hilton gala Tuesday evening.
Celebrities, nominees, honorees and presenters filed onto the “red” carpet (in reality an understated slate gray), looking impeccable in their awards best. “Have you seen any double dresses yet?” asked Excellence in Commercial Costume Design nominee Roseanne Fiedler, stunning in a backless blue gown with delicate, glinting bead accents (by all accounts not spotted on any other awards-goer). “Girls” Costume Designer (and Outstanding Contemporary Television Series nominee) Jennifer Rogien showed in a full length tangerine gown with intricate rosette detailing. The lithe Lily Collins, on hand to accept the Excellence in Fantasy Film award win on behalf of late “Mirror Mirror” Costume Designer Eiko Ishioka, opted for a dramatic deep-V neck black gown, her back engulfed by a massive cream bow (a tribute, she later explained, to a bowed Snow White gown Ishioka designed for the film).
The men of the evening (among them Career Achievement honorees Eduardo Castro and Paco Delgado, host Joel McHale, and presenter Tate Donovan) made black the standard, save “Revenge” star and presenter Gabriel Mann, who embraced the light in a tan suit and bright blue accents. Golden girls Cat Deeley, Christa B. Allen and LACOSTE Spotlight Award honoree Anne Hathaway glittered in a diverse trio of metallic-accented looks, as did Costume Designers Guild President Mary Rose.
And The Winners Are. . .
Film wins for Jacqueline Durran (Excellence in Period Film,“Anna Karenina”) and the late Eiko Ishioka (Excellence in Fantasy Film, “Mirror Mirror”) delighted the crowd and kept Oscar forecasters abuzz, as both designers are nominated for 2013 Academy Award honors this coming Sunday. The Excellence in Contemporary Film Award was presented to “Skyfall” Costume Designer Jany Temime, who emphasized her passion working on the 007 franchise and gushed over leading man Daniel Craig.
Television winners included Costume Designers Molly Maginnis (Outstanding Contemporary Television Series, “Smash”), Caroline McCall (Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series, “Downton Abbey”) and Lou Eyrich (Outstanding Made for TV Movie or Mini Series, “American Horror Story: Asylum, Season 2”). Eyrich, a three-time CDGA winner for her work on FOX’s “Glee” and the 2012 CDGA Career Achievement in Television honoree, was at a surprising loss for words. “I didn’t think I’d be standing here,” she admitted to the International Ballroom crowd.
Career Achievement in Film honoree, Judianna Makovsky, finished her evening with dual accolades—the honoree’s work for “Captain Morgan Black” (her first commercial in 30 years) earned her the Excellence in Commercial Costume Design Award, as well. In addition to noting her mother, first and foremost, her crew, and giving a cumulative thanks to her history of colleagues, Makovsky also acknowledged the influence of Costume Designer Jane Greenwood on her work, as well as “Hunger Games” colleague, Director Gary Ross, who presented Makovsky with her award statuette.
Career Achievement in Television honoree, Eduardo Castro, accepted his award from “Once Upon A Time” castmates Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas and also stressed a mother’s imprint in his acceptance speech, attributing his earliest inklings about Costume Design to his mom. “[She said] you know this lady Rose Weiss makes beautiful clothes,” Castro said, “I started paying attention to who made clothes. It was all thanks to my mother.”
Distinguished Collaborator honoree, Executive Producer Lorne Michaels, shared his award with longtime colleague, Costume Designer Tom Broecker, with whom he has worked for nearly 20 years. After being presented (and aptly roasted) by “Saturday Night Live” alums Steve Martin, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph, Michaels highlighted Broecker’s commitment to keeping costumes on their projects—both NBC’s “SNL” and “30 Rock”—fresh and relevant. (Also on hand to applaud Michaels were “SNL” alum Kristen Wiig and frequent Studio 8H cameo-maker, Jon Hamm).
“Les Misérables” star Russell Crowe presented his dazzling, Gucci-clad co-star Anne Hathaway with the LACOSTE Spotlight Award. In keeping with the spirit of the annual up-and-comer award, Crowe deemed 2013 “Anne Hathaway’s year.” The actress noted the integral role of Costume Design in bringing her “Misérables” alias, Fantine, as well as other roles, to life, saying “Some of the fondest memories of my life are—not the fittings, no—but the results of the fittings. Being pinned and needled. . .but you look down and you believe what you’re wearing, and when you look up, you are gone, and the character can come alive.”
To close the evening, Guild President Mary Rose and Costume Designer Mark Bridges presented the Distinguished Service Award to retired Assistant Costume Designer and Illustrator David Le Vey, on account of his CDGA logo and statuette design (which was recently adopted as the official logo of the Costume Designers Guild).
In all a familial and lighthearted awards gala—no gown safe from onlooker ogling, no honoree safe from presenters’ banter—the 2013 Costume Designers Guild Awards were a wonderful success. The Guild thanks our sponsors, members, honorees, presenters and guests for their contributions to and support of the art of Costume Design. We look forward to next year!