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Awardsapalooza: Primetime Emmy Nominations 2014!

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This morning brought us great news of Emmy nominations for outstanding costume design in the realm of television!  Without further ado, here are this year’s Primetime Emmy costume nominees:

OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A SERIES

Boardwalk Empire: HBO

John Dunn, Costume Designer; Lisa Padovani, Costume Designer; Joseph La Corte, Costume Supervisor

Downton Abbey: PBS

Caroline McCall, Costume Designer; Heather Leat, Costume Supervisor; Poli Kyriacou, Assistant Costume Designer

Game of Thrones: HBO

Michele Clapton, Costume Designer; Sheena Wichary, Costume Supervisor; Alexander Fordham, Assistant Costume Designer; Nina Ayres, Assistant Costume Designer

Mad Men: AMC

Janie Bryant, Costume Designer; Tiffany White Stanton, Costume Designer; Stacy Horn, Costume Supervisor

Once Upon a Time: ABC

Eduardo Castro, Costume Designer; Monique McRae, Assistant Costume Designer

OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A SPECIAL

American Horror Story – Coven: FX

Lou Eyrich, Costume Designer; Elizabeth Macey, Costume Supervisor; Ken Van Duyne, Assistant Costume Designer

House of Versace: Lifetime

Clair Nadon, Costume Designer; Nicole Magny, Assistant Costume Designer

Sherlock – His Last Vow (Masterpiece): PBS

Sarah Arthur, Costume Designer; Ceri Walford, Costume Supervisor

The Normal Heart: HBO

Daniel Orlandi, Costume Designer; Gail A. Fitzgibbons, Costume Supervisor; Hartsell Taylor, Costume Supervisor; Maria Tortu, Assistant Costume Designer

The White Queen: Starz

Nic Ede, Costume Designer; Raissa Hans, Costume Supervisor; Elizabeth Healy, Assistant Costume Designer

Congratulations to all of these costume teams for their outstanding work!  It’s party time!!!!  The Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony will be on Saturday, August 16th at 4P Pacific.  Not sure when it will be broadcast at the moment, but stay tuned for the Emmy Awards, broadcast live from the Nokia Theater on August 25, 2014 at 8P Eastern/5P Pacific on NBC!

– KMB

Awardsapalooza 2012: Emmy Winners!

Congratulations to the 2012 Emmy winners for outstanding costumes!!  They are:

Outstanding costumes for a series:  Michele Clapton (costume designer), Chloe Aubry (assistant costume designer), Alex Fordham (assistant costume designer) GAME OF THRONES (HBO)

Outstanding costumes for a mini-series, movie or special: Annie Symons (costume designer), Yvonne Duckett (costume supervisor) GREAT EXPECTATIONS (Masterpiece) – PBS

It’s a good year for TV programs starting with the letter G.  Congratulations, everyone – Well done!!!!

– KMB

2012 Art of Television Costume Design Opening!

Costumes of Downton Abbey, designed by Susannah Buxton

Costumes of Downton Abbey, designed by Susannah Buxton

It was a great night last night, Frocktalkers!  The 6th Annual Art of Television Costume Design exhibit opened at FIDM, and it was beautiful.  The exhibit opens to the public on Tuesday, July 31st, and runs until October 20th.  Represented in the exhibit are Emmy nominees Boardwalk Empire, American Horror Story, Once Upon a Time, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and many more!  I took photos of all the costumes on exhibit and posted them on my photostream HERE for those of you who are out of town.  However, if you are in LA, you really ought to swing by.  It’s free, and it’s an awesome display of talent.  Congrats to everyone involved in making this happen!!!

Art of Television Costume Design Exhibit at FIDM:  919 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA  90015.  Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10A – 5P.  Exhibit runs 7/31/12 – 10/20/12.

– KMB

Awardsapalooza: The 2012 Emmy Costume Nominees, Cont.

So, yeahhhhh.  I left for a long trip after posting the first part of the Emmy nominations, and after posting, I had a nagging feeling that I’d missed something.  And, well, I HAD missed something:  the 2012 Emmy nominees for Miniseries, Movie, or TV Special!!  Here they are, and my sincere apologies:

American Horror Story • Halloween, Part 1 • FX Networks • Twentieth Century Fox Television

Chrisi Karvonides, Costume Designer;  Conan Castro, Costume Supervisor

Great Expectations (Masterpiece) • Part 2 • PBS • A BBC Productions / Masterpiece Co-Production

Annie Symons, Costume Designer;  Yvonne Duckett, Costume Supervisor

Hatfields & McCoys • Part 1 • HISTORY • Thinkfactory Media in association with History

Karri Hutchinson, Costume Designer;  Adina Bucur, Costume Supervisor

Hemingway & Gellhorn • HBO • Attaboy Films and A Walrus & Associates in

association with HBO Films

Ruth Myers, Costume Designer;  William McPhail, Costume Supervisor

Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece) • PBS • Hartswood West for

BBC / Cymru Wales in co-production with Masterpiece

Sarah Arthur, Costume Designer;  Ceri Walford, Costume Supervisor

Treasure Island • Part 1 • Syfy • A Parallel Films Production for MNG Films in association with RHI Entertainment

Lorna Marie Mugan, Costume Designer;  Rhona McGuirke, Costume Supervisor

Congratulations to all the nominees for their outstanding work, and please forgive me for not posting this sooner!

– KMB

Awardsapalooza 2012: The Emmys!

Congratulations to the 2012 Emmy nominees for outstanding achievement in costume design!!!  They are:

BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO): John Dunn, Costume Designer; Lisa Padovani, Co-Costume Designer; Maria Zamansky, Assistant Costume Designer

DOWNTON ABBEY (PBS): Susannah Buxton, Costume Designer

THE BORGIAS (SHO): Gabriella Pescucci, Costume Designer; Uliva Pizzetti, Costume Supervisor

GAME OF THRONES (HBO): Michele Clapton, Costume Designer; Alexander Fordham, Assistant Costume Designer; Chloe Aubry, Assistant Costume Designer

ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC): Eduardo Castro, Costume Designer; Monique McRae, Assistant Costume Designer

Congratulations and hats off to you!  See you on September 23rd for the Emmy show!  Good luck, everyone!

– KMB

RIP, Ray Aghayan – Emmy, CDG Award Winner

Costume designer Ray Aghayan with Judy Garland

Costume designer Ray Aghayan with Judy Garland

Just received news from the Costume Designers Guild that Costume Designer extraordinare Ray Aghayan has passed away.  He designed loads of TV projects, including the Shirley Temple Theater, the Judy Garland Show, and the Academy Awards shows.  He designed films as well, including Funny Girl, Lady Sings the Blues, and 1967’s Doctor Dolittle.  He was nominated for Oscars, Emmys and even a Tony award.  His is a sad loss for the design community, and our thoughts are with our family and those who loved him.  Here is the word from the CDG:

Continue reading ‘RIP, Ray Aghayan – Emmy, CDG Award Winner’

Creative Arts PrimeTime Emmy Winners 2011

Congratulations to the Emmy winning costume teams – awards were handed out last night, and here are the results!

OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A SPECIAL

SUSANNAH BUXTON, Costume Designer   CAROLINE MCCALL, Assistant Costume Designer

Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)  Part 1    PBS
OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A SERIES
GABRIELLA PESCUCCI, Costume Designer ULIVA PIZZETTI, Costume Supervisor
The Borgias SHOWTIME
Lucrezia’s Wedding

OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A VARIETY/MUSIC PROGRAM OR A SPECIAL

(Juried award: Possibility of one, more than one or no award). This is a juried award determined by a panel of judges from the Costumes peer group. Recommendation(s) from the jury are brought to the Board of Governors for ratification.
KATE CARIN, Costume Designer ABIGAIL METCALF, Costume Supervisor
Gettysburg HISTORY

AMANDA NEEDHAM, Costume Designer NIKI DIMITRAS, Costume Supervisor
Portlandia FARM

(source:  emmys.com)

Congratulations to these costume teams on their outstanding work!!

– KMB

LA Times: Tudors/Mad Men/Glee

Great article today in the LA Times by featuring interviews with costume designers Joan Bergin (The Tudors), Janie Bryant (Mad Men) and Lou Eyrich (Glee).  Check it out HERE!

— KMB

Very Very Chic’s Coverage of the FIDM-TV Exhibit!

 

very very chic!

very very chic!

Hi there, Frocktalkers.  My friend Jayne over at Very Very Chic has posted coverage of this past weekend’s exhibit at FIDM:  The Art of Television Costume Design.  Check it out HERE – full coverage, with lots of pictures, including TV movies like Coco Chanel and Grey Gardens, shows like The Tudors, Dancing with the Stars, the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, and Project Runway.  Nice job, Jayne!!

— KMB 



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