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The Stars Sparkle at the 12th Annual CDG Awards Gala

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Costume designer Sandy Powell (left) and actress Emily Blunt during the 12th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for CDG).
Costume designer Sandy Powell (left) and actress Emily Blunt during the 12th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for CDG).

The Costume Designers Guild Awards was held Feb. 25 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel to celebrate achievements in the art and craft of costume design with Swarovski once again acting as presenting sponsor. The glittering, crystal-curtained stage was a fitting backdrop for the star-studded event, hosted by Parker Posey who entered wearing a vintage ’40s gown by “Irene.” In addition to several honorary awards, trophies were handed out in seven categories covering film, television and commercials.

Nadja Swarovski of Swarovski and winner of the Distinguished Collaborator Award director Rob Marshall backstage during the 12th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for CDG).
Nadja Swarovski of Swarovski and winner of the Distinguished Collaborator Award director Rob Marshall backstage during the 12th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for CDG).

Academy Award and BAFTA Award-winning British costume designer Sandy Powell, CDG, received the Lacoste Career Achievement in Film Award, as well as garnering the Excellence in Period Film award for The Young Victoria. An art school drop out, Powell has thirty-four feature film credits including classics such as the Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love, the Oscar-nominated Gangs of New York and Mrs. Henderson Presents.

Other top feature film honors were for Excellence in Fantasy Film, which went to Monique Prudhomme for her designs on The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, and Excellence in Contemporary Film, which was awarded to Doug Hall, CDG for Crazy Heart.

Costume designer Catherine Thomas and Katherine Jane Bryant during the 12th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for CDG).
Costume designer Catherine Thomas (left) and Katherine Jane Bryant during the 12th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for CDG).

Producer George Schlatter introduced Liberace’s costume designer for 16 years, Michael Travis. Also known for his work on numerous television shows and specials including Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and Frank Sinatra’s Welcome Home Party for Elvis Presley, Travis was the recipient of the Career Achievement in Television Award, presented by Nancy Sinatra.

Actress Nicole Kidman was on hand to present Oscar-winning director, Rob Marshall with the Distinguished Collaborator Award. According to costume designer Colleen Atwood, the stage, television and film director is known for taking suggestions about anything from anyone in the cast or crew. Marshall’s most recent film, Nine, has been nominated for Four Academy Awards, including Best Costume Design for Atwood.

Television winners included Janie Bryant, CDG, who took home the award for Outstanding Period/Fantasy Series for the popular Mad MenLou Eyrich, CDG, received Outstanding Contemporary TV Series honors for Glee. The honors for Outstanding Made for Television Movie or Mini Series went to Catherine Marie Thomas, CDG, for designing Grey Gardens.

“Milkquarious,” designed by Casey Storm, CDG, garnered the Excellence in Commercial Costume Design award.  Storm commented, “I thought my stuff was original until I looked through tonight’s program and realized I ripped off Liberace!”

The Swarovski Award was presented to Emily Blunt, a breakout young actress whose blossoming career includes roles in Charlie Wilson’s War, The Devil Wears Prada, The Wolfman and the title role in The Young Victoria. The newly titled award was designed to spotlight exceptional talent and the prospect of a sparkling career ahead.

The Costume Designers Guild’s Hall of Fame Award was presented posthumously to Emmy Award-winning costume designer and former CDG President, Robert Turturice by long-time friend, actress Loni Anderson.

The stars that came out to pay tribute to the evening’s honorees included Eddie Izzard, (Dress to Kill), Anna Kendrick,  (Up in the Air), Anna Paquin (X-Men), Anika Noni Rose, (Dream Girls), Alan Cumming, (X-Men), Kristen Bell, (Gossip Girl), Minka Kelly, (Friday Night Lights), Jessalyn Gilsig, (Glee) and Jayma Mays, (Glee).

Award-O-Meter

Venue: The Beverly Hilton.

Parking: Discounted parking $12.

Bar: Cash Bar.

Quality of Wine: Good table wine – red and white.

Food: Salad, chicken breast, a yummy chocolate mousse tart and they actually got me Earl Grey tea!

Attire: Black tie optional, and not surprisingly, best gowns of all the crafts shows.

Show Length: About 3 hours?  The show was so entertaining that I didn’t look at my watch.

Host: A funny and entertaining Parker Posey

Swag: A pouch of Swarovski “jewels”

High Point: Mad Men Designer Janie Bryant’s exquisite gown.  Wow!

Low Point: The chicken – I’m into drumsticks

Best Quote of the Night: Actress Emily Blunt’s comment about the importance of costumes to actors: “What would Tarzan be without his loin cloth.”

After-Party: On a school night?  Not that I know of.

Overall Score: 9.5/10

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