On Tuesday evening, costume designers, the stars they dress and the directors they work for, came out to the Beverly Hilton for a magical night to celebrate the art of costume design at the 17th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards.
On the red carpet actors and actresses and costume designers had their photographs taken by flashing cameras in their best outfits. Mark Bridges, a nominee for the excellence in period film category for his work in Inherent Vice, was handsome in a Joseph Abboud tuxedo. He was most excited to see his fellow costume designers. “I’m just so happy to see everybody. I love everybody and our guild turned out in their best. We never get to see each other. We are either working out of town or we’ll run into each other at the shirt makers or the rental house or something but we never get to see each other so it’s fun to see everybody,” Bridges said.
John Dunn, a nominee for his work on Boardwalk Empire, wearing a perfectly tailored tuxedo by Martin Greenfield, who happens to be the show’s tailor, was also most excited to be among his peers. “It’s really exciting for me to be in a room full of other designers who are doing fantastic work. This is a room full of other people who are passionate and committed to really elevating the costume designs across the mediums,” Dunn said.
Trish Summerville, nominated for Gone Girl, looked gorgeous in a cherry red Dsquared suit. “Every time you get to come here, it’s fun to see all your colleagues but then you get nominated and it’s really touching. And to be nominated in my category [excellence in contemporary films] with someone like Albert Wolsky [Birdman] for me that’s huge. That’s a win right there,” Summerville explained.
Saturday Night Live nominee Tom Broecker rocked the red carpet in Dries Van Noten. “It’s nice to see costume designers in the same room giving each other a bunch of love,” he noted. Salvador Perez, the president of the guild who wore a tunic he brought back from a recent trip to Marrakesh, expressed the same sentiment. “This is a party we throw for ourselves and we let the public come enjoy it. This is the night we all get together and just celebrate the art of costume design.”
Actress Emmy Rossum, who currently stars in Showtime‘s Shameless hosted the gala. The presenters of the evening were all just as glamorous Jon Voight, Mindh Kaling, Ike Barinholtz, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jonathan Groff, Kiernan Shipka, Betsy Brandt, Tony Hale, Michelle Monaghan and Beau Bridges.
Lou Eyrich took home the first award for American Horror Story: “Freak Show.”
“I am just so proud to be in this guild and the creative genius that is in this room,” she noted. Jenny Eagan took home an award for True Detective. She was awed by the evening. “This is my first time here and it’s so amazing,” she said.
Costume design is a behind-the-scenes job and Edith Head was the first costume designer to have been recognized for her work and in her honor, this year, the Edith Head Award for the advancement and education of the art of costume design was given to Dr. Deborah Nadoolman Landis. Her husband, John Landis presented her with the award. It was Nadoolman Landis, who announced at a party at her home in 1997 that a dinner party should exist to honor costume designers and a year later the Costume Designers Guild Awards was born.
The Distinguished Collaborator Award was presented to writer and director Richard Linklater “for being a genuine maverick and original” by actress Patricia Arquette. Linklater thanked the guild and the costume designers whose work are so essential. “I don’t know one director who thinks they can be a costume designer,” he joked. “Storytelling draws us here and it’s very special.”
Actor Harrison Ford presented costume designer Aggie Guerard Rodgers this year’s Career Achievement Award. Her first film job was working for director George Lucas on American Graffiti. Armed with a $2,000 budget, a legendary career was born. She’s been part of the guild since 1982 and has worked on such notable films as One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Return of the Jedi, The Rainmaker, Beetlejuice and The Hurricane.
The fourth honorary award of the evening was the Lacoste Spotlight Award and it was presented to two-time Academy Award-nominated actress Naomi Watts by her good friend and costar in We Don’t Live Here Anymore actress Laura Dern. She was honored for her talent and beauty which represented the very essence of the award. The award concluded the night’s festivities. If this event was born out of a hope to honor costumes designers then that goal was more than accomplished during this wonderful evening.
The 17th Costume Designers Guild award winners are:
Outstanding Made for Television Movie or Mini Series
American Horror Story: “Freak Show” – Lou Eyrich
Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series
Game of Thrones – Michele Clapton
Outstanding Contemporary Television Series
True Detective – Jenny Eagan
Excellence in Commercial Costume Design
Army “Defy Expectations, Villagers” – Christopher Lawrence
Excellence in Fantasy Film
Into the Woods – Colleen Atwood
Excellence in Period Film
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero
Excellence in Contemporary Film
Birdman – Albert Wolsky