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Costume Designers Guild Rewards Elvis, Everything Everywhere, Glass Onion


On Monday night, Feb. 27, the Costume Designers Guild (CDG, IATSE Local 892) presented its 25th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards, in a ceremony hosted by Titus Burress at the Fairmont Century Plaza.

The CDG includes more than 1,200 costume designers, assistant costume designers, and illustrators working in motion pictures, television, commercials, music videos, and new media programs throughout the world. Each of the film and television categories are divided into three sub-groups, allowing 15 nominees each.

Shirley Kurata, the only costume designer receiving her very first Oscar nomination in that category, won the award for “Excellence in Sci-Fi/ Fantasy Film” for Everything Everywhere All at Once, from her first nomination from the guild.

Four-time Oscar winner Catherine Martin won the prize for “Period Film” for designing the costumes for Baz Luhrmann‘s Elvis, while another frequent CDG winner, Jenny Eagan, won for her designs for Rian Johnson‘s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.

Although the Oscar frequently goes to the CDG winner in the period category, there have been a few rare cases where the Sci-Fi/Fantasy winner went on to win the Oscar — notably six-time Oscar recipient Jenny Eagan for Mad Max: Fury Road and Ruth E. Carter for the original Black Panther. Because of that, this year’s Costume Design Oscar winner seems to be between the first-timer Kurata and the veteran Martin.

The television awards went to the HBO Max series, House of the Dragon (Sci-Fi/Fantasy), and Netflix‘s The Crown (Period), and Wednesday (Contemporary).

Deborah L. Scott (Back to the Future) was honored with this year’s Career Achievement Award, while Rachel M. Stanley received the Distinguished Service Award.

Angela Bassett, nominated along with costume designer Ruth E. Gordon, for Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, received a special Spotlight Award, while Bette Midler received an award as “Distinguished Collaborator.”

It was announced by CDG President Terry Gordon that the CDG Award has been redubbed “The Adrian” after Wizard of Oz costume designer Gilbert Adrian.

Here are all the winners from the 2023 CDGAs, and you can see some of the fashionable looks from the red carpet below them.

Excellence in Period Film
Catherine Martin

Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Film
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Shirley Kurata

Excellence in Contemporary Film
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Jenny Eagan

Excellence in Period Television
The Crown: Ipatiev House
Amy Roberts

Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television
House of the Dragon: The Heirs of the Dragon
Jany Temime

Excellence in Contemporary Television
Wednesday: Wednesday’s Child is Full of Woe
Colleen Atwood & Mark Sutherland

Excellence in Short Form Design
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: “Spitting Off the Edge of the World” (Music Video)
Natasha Newman-Thomas

Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television
Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls: Girl Run That Sh*t Back
Carrie Cramer & Jason Rembert

Edward Douglas
Edward Douglas
Edward Douglas has written about movies for print and the internet for over 20 years, specializing in box office analysis, reviews, and interviews. Currently, he writes features for Below the Line and Above the Line, acting as Associate Editor for the former and Interim Editor for the latter.
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