It might just be me, but on Oscar night, I look forward more to the costume, music, makeup, and other smaller categories of the night. I thought I would write a post about each category up until the big night. So let’s start with my favorite: the costumes!
Anna Karenina (costumes by Jacqueline Durran)
Jacqueline Durran has created gorgeous pieces for some other familiar films, which include Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, (both nominated in the costume category). Her most memorable design is undoubtedly the green gown from Atonement (seen below). While the designer did not go for complete historical accuracy for Anna Karenina, she did create some amazing pieces for the film, garnering her third oscar nomination.
Les Miserables (costumes by Paco Delgado)
This is a fairly unknown designer, but he was able to nab the important task of costuming one of the biggest movies of the year. His efforts earned him an oscar nomination and most certainly future blockbuster jobs.
Lincoln (Joanna Johnston)
You may not know it, but you have definitely seen this woman’s costumes before. She has designed looks for huge movies like Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Forest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Valkyrie, and War Horse. Several of these call for some serious historical accuracy and Johnston made no exception with Lincoln. She and Spielberg spent several hours creating the costumes based on lots of research of the time period.
Mirror Mirror (Eiko Ishioka)
Now, enough with historical accuracy. On to the fun stuff. The over the top, the completely new, and the magical. This is what Eiko Ishioka has done with the costumes for Mirror Mirror. Over the top is the best way to describe. I mean, Snow White actually has a full body swan costume, with a head and everything. It is amazing! Julia Roberts must have had a grand old time putting on her character’s pieces. I wonder if they had to be squeezed on with that weird contraption from the movie. These are not the first of Ishioka’s incredible creations. Ishioka has worked on other Tarsem films: The Cell, The Fall, and Immortals. Now, tell me those costumes didn’t also blow you away.
Snow White and the Huntsman (Colleen Atwood)
And now for my absolute favorite!! I even wrote a whole blog post just about Colleen Atwood’s costumes. She is my pick hands down this year. The end.