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Costume Designers Guild Announces 2017 Nominations

US industry body the Costume Designers Guild will hold its annual Costume Designers Guild Awards in LA on 21st February 2017. Helen Beaumont reveals the 35 productions which have been nominated this year, which encompass the cream of the crop in modern film and TV costume design.

Great honour

This year’s ceremony will be hosted by singer Mandy Moore, who is also increasingly developing a career as an actress. Commenting, she was quoted by Deadline, an online media publication, saying: “I am honoured to be hosting this year’s ceremony. I’ve always been in awe of my costume designers and am especially thrilled to be working with the brilliant Hala Bahmet on our series This Is Us.”

Going on, Moore noted that “I’m excited to join in celebrating the art of costume design and help shine a spotlight on the artists who are so essential to character creation.” In this capacity, Moore will hand out awards for both film and television costume design, as well as various gongs recognising outstanding service to the field of costume design.

Film awards

There are three gongs for film: Excellence in Contemporary Film, Excellence in Period Film and Excellence in Fantasy Film. In the Excellence in Contemporary Film category, those nominated include

  • Rebecca Hale for Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.
  • Courtney Hoffman for Captain Fantastic.
  • Mary Zophres for La La Land.
  • Cappi Ireland for Lion.
  • Arianne Phillips for Nocturnal Animals.

Meanwhile, in the Excellence in Period Film division, the competition is fierce. Mary Zophres received another nomination here, this time for Hail! Caesar. She’s joined by Madeline Fontaine for Jackie, Renee Ehrlich Kalfus for Hidden Figures and Consolata Boyle for Florence Foster Jenkins. Marion Boyce and Margot Wilson have also been jointly nominated for their efforts on The Dressmaker.

Also, talented costume designer Colleen Atwood received two nods in the Excellence in Fantasy Film division. These were for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Other potentials include Deborah Cook for Kubo and the Two Strings, Alexandra Byrne for Doctor Strange and both David Crossman and Glyn Dillion for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

TV gongs

There are also three gongs in the TV division of the 2017 Costume Designers Guild Awards. These are the Outstanding Contemporary TV Series, Outstanding Period TV Series and Outstanding Fantasy TV Series awards. In the Outstanding Contemporary TV Series category, the nominees include:

  • Lou Eyrich and Helen Huang for American Horror Story: Roanoke.
  • Marie Schley for Transparent.
  • Johanna Argan and Kemal Harris for House of Cards.
  • Allyson B. Fanger for Grace and Frankie.
  • Paolo Nieddu for Empire.

Meanwhile, there were a lot of fantastic shows that received nods in the Outstanding Period TV Series category. This list was led by Michele Clapton for her work on Netflix’s hit The Crown. Others named include Trish Summerville and Ane Crabtree for the Westworld pilot and series respectively, Kimberly Adams and Malgosia Turzanska for Stranger Things and Gabriella Pescucci for Penny Dreadful.

Clapton also got a nomination in the Outstanding Fantasy TV Series category for her efforts on Game of Thrones, alongside April Ferry. They’re being joined by Eulyn C. Womble, who designed costumes for The Walking Dead and Sleepy Hollow’s Mairi Chisholm.  Others shortlisted include Once Upon a Time’s Eduardo Castro and J.R. Hawbaker, who worked on The Man in the High Castle.

Industry recognition

There are several other prizes that will be handed out at the 2017 Costume Designers Guild Awards.  There’s a category for Excellence in Short Form Design, with nominees including Beyoncé, Dos Equis, H&M and Pepsi.  Meanwhile, recognising her support for costume designers across her distinguished career, three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep will be given the Distinguished Collaborator Award. Also, iconic designer Jeffrey Kurland will be handed the Career Achievement Award at the ceremony.

These lists represent the very best in modern costume design. People like Colleen Atwood and Michele Clapton are extremely skilled at using costumes to transport viewers to fictional worlds. Each nominee deserves the industry recognition that comes with being put up for prizes at the 2017 Costume Designers Guild Awards and they’re all so talented, that it’s unclear who will triumph on the night.

About Helen Beaumont

Helen Beaumont’s career started at Camberwell College of Art, where she studied the History of Art and Design, specialising in costume during her final year. After completing study, Helen became a costume buyer for theatre and opera. She has since become a professional costume designer, with a keen interest in period clothing. Throughout her career, Helen has created authentic costumes for prestigious companies such as the Universal Studios, Disney, BBC, Tiger Aspect and the Young Vic Theatre.

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