The 16th annual Costume Designer Guild Awards was a bedazzling night filled with costume designers, actors, and directors. The polished and well dressed attendees came to the Beverly Hilton on Saturday to honor the costume designers who made a splash with their work this past year.
Salvador Perez, president of the Costume Designers Guild (CDG), stunned in an all black ensemble and bedazzled dagger tie. He was as excited as could be for the evening. “It’s an opportunity, as costume designers, to celebrate what we do. So often we’re the forgotten department, but as costume designers, we’re part of the storytelling process and I think we want people to realize that and what we bring to the project,” said Perez. He also designs for the The Mindy Project and his date of the evening was Mindy Kaling, the star of the show, who was wearing his personal costume creation – a one shouldered sparking blue gown.
The red carpet was gray but it shined nonetheless with stars in their best. Kerry Washington, Olivia Munn, Tony Goldwyn, Raquel Welch, Steve Coogan and Will Forte were among just some of the actors who sashayed down the carpet. Most were in attendance to support the film or television project they were a part of that had been nominated.
Ann Maskrey was one such nominee, recognized for her work on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, along with Richard Taylor and Bob Buck. Maskrey was dressed in a 1930s inspired black gown of her own creation. The last time she attended the awards ceremony, she decided not to walk down the carpet. This time, she was excited about meeting everyone that she ran into. “I’m just really glad to be here and enjoy it fully,” she exclaimed.
Lisa Padovani was nominated for her work in Boardwalk Empire along with John Dunn. She was wearing a colorful Josie Natori dress and was also looking forward to seeing all of her peers.”I love seeing everybody. So many great people got nominated. It’s like a real community. We’re all on the same team,” she said.
Judd Apatow was the year’s distinguished collaborator. He looked splendid for the evening despite having a mishap with his tux shirt, which lead to him wearing a regular dress shirt in its place. “I’m really excited. I feel like it’s a nice tribute to all the costume designers who worked on all our movies. There’s a lot of talented costume designers who worked on so many movies that wouldn’t have worked without great costumes,” said Apatow. After a montage of numerous now classic Apatow films, he accepted the distinguished collaborator award with gratitude to all the costume designers. “Thank you for making these characters come alive because they don’t come alive without your amazing ideas,” he said.
“Where would actors be without costume designer?” Raquel Welch asked the audience during the ceremony. And she would be right to ask. Costume designers are magic makers, helping to summon forth a character. The evening was a marvelous celebration of the remarkable work the community of costume designers have created.
The winners of the 16th Costume Designers Guild Awards are:
Excellence In Contemporary Film
Blue Jasmine – Suzy Benzinger
Excellence In Period Film
12 Years a Slave – Patricia Norris
Excellence In Fantasy Film
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Trish Summerville
Outstanding Contemporary Television Series
House of Cards – Tom Broecker
Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series
Downton Abbey – Caroline McCall
Outstanding Made For Tv Movie Or Mini Series
Behind the Candelabra – Ellen Mirojnick
Excellence In Commercial Costume Design
Call of Duty: Ghosts Masked Warriors – Nancy Steiner