Happy New Year, Frocktalkers! I hope that your holidays were fun and relaxing. Have you caught up on your movie watching? Looking at the films that are out right now, it’s interesting to see who’s getting the big press push for awards consideration. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: big promotional budgets = big awards. So who is putting their money on the line, and what costume design work is being underserved by the lack of promotional money this year?
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Hello there, Frocktalkers! Just a friendly reminder that if you are a CDG member, get your nominating ballot in the mail today – ballots must be in the Guild office by 5PM tomorrow, 12-11-12. You can nominate your own films/TV shows/commercials, and you can nominate the films/TV shows/commercials of others, including non-IA, or even non-US work. The Costume Designers Guild Awards are, in the opinions of many, the most esteemed. These are our peers – people who do what we do – showing their appreciation for outstanding achievement in costume design. In our largely thankless profession, it means a lot to have the appreciation of one’s peers! So get those ballots in, folks, and show your support for all the great work of 2012! Have a great week!
WWII photo - Cecil Beaton
Oh, Frocktalkers – what a find this is. Cecil Beaton was an Academy Award-winning costume designer (Gigi – 1958, and My Fair Lady – 1964), but before he was a costume designer, he was a photographer. And WHAT a photographer. WOW. His impressive photographs from WWII Britain are now on display at the Imperial War Museum in London. The exhibition runs from 9/6/12 to 1/1/13. So look – if you travel to London to see the amazing Hollywood Costumes exhibit at the V & A between October – January, you can stop by and see Beaton’s work at the IWM in the same trip. It’s a win-win!! I hope that they publish a book of his photos, because they are great research pieces. Absolutely stunning. More information HERE and nice article with photos HERE!
Hello Frocktalkers! I hope you’re scraping the glitter off your skin from last night’s big parties and sobering up a little. Frocktalker Laura sent me the link to this fabulous radio interview – KPCC’s Patt Morrison interviews nominee Arianne Phillips (W.E.) and Oscar-winner Mark Bridges (The Artist). It’s really wonderful, and big thanks to KPCC for airing it. It’s a great way to spread the word about the artistry of costumes in film! LISTEN HERE!
Congratulations to Mark Bridges, who just won the Academy Award for his outstanding work on The Artist!!!! “I was just a kid from Niagara Falls, who dreamed, ate and slept movies, and so I want to thank the Academy for this honor, and for making a lifelong dream come true. Thank you!” Congratulations to Mark and his crew on this tremendous honor!! Yeeehawwww!!!
Saw this today and thought it is worth passing along to you – Monica Corcoran for Deadline talked with the Oscar nominees about their work and how they might redesign the Oscar statuette! Read the article HERE!
Oh Frocktalkers, this is sad news. Academy Award-winning costume designer Eiko Ishioka has passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 73. Beyond being a costume designer, she was a world-famous graphic designer and artist, and a woman of unimaginable talent. I had the extraordinary good luck to work with her, albeit briefly, on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the film for which she won her Oscar. She was a lovely woman, very friendly to me when I was just starting in this business. I was impressed by her quiet manner but absolutely bombastic-fantastic designs. The contrast made quite an impression on a young designer like myself. This is a huge loss to me on a personal level, as she was one of my design heroes. Our entire community will miss her total, complete and utter brilliance. Check out the books about her design work HERE, HERE and HERE… and rent some of her films: Dracula, The Cell, The Fall and Immortals. I am so bummed out this morning. Rest in peace, Eiko – my heartfelt sympathy goes out to her husband and family. She was such a brilliant and lovely lady.
Good morning, Frocktalkers!! With a drum roll please, here are 2012’s nominees for outstanding achievement in costume design:
Anonymous – Lisy Christl
The Artist – Mark Bridges
Hugo – Andy Powell
Jane Eyre – Michael O’Connor
W.E. – Arianne Phillips
Congratulations, everyone!!! The awards air live on ABC on February 26 – stand by for more coverage of the event!! Congrats to all of the costume designers and their crews, and have a great week!