Oscars Week – Well-Dressed Wednesday: Costume Design (updated)


By Niall McArdle

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The Academy Award for Best Costume Design was first given out in 1949. For several years the award was split into two categories: one for black & white films, one for colour. The first award was given to Roger K. Furse for Hamlet, and Dorothy Jeakins and Barbara Karinksa for Joan of Arc

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The visionary designer Edith Head was nominated an astonishing 35 times, and won 8 Oscars.

UPDATE: The winner of this year’s Oscar was Catherine Martin for The Great Gatsby

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The Adventures of Don Juan — Leah Rhodes, Travilla, Marjorie Best
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All about Eve — Edith Head, Charles LeMaire
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The Sting. Edith Head

Cleopatra – Renie Conley, Vittorio Nino Novarese and Irene Sharaff

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An American in Paris — Orry-Kelly, Walter Plunkett, Irene Sharaff
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A Place in the Sun — Edith Head
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A Place in the Sun — Edith Head

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Roman Holiday. Edith Head
Roman Holiday. Edith Head
 The Robe -- Charles LeMaire, Emile Santiago

The Robe — Charles LeMaire, Emile Santiago
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Sabrina – Edith Head 
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Sabrina – Edith Head

The King and IIrene Sharaff

Chicago - Colleen Atwood
Chicago – Colleen Atwood
Ran - Emi Wada
Ran – Emi Wada
Amadeus - Theodor Pistek
Amadeus – Theodor Pistek
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Les Girls – Orry-Kelly
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Gigi – Cecil Beaton
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My Fair Lady – Cecil Beaton
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Some Like It Hot – Orry-Kelly

Spartacus – Arlington Valles & Bill Thomas

Nicholas and Alexander - Yvonne Blake & Antonio Castillo
Nicholas and Alexandra – Yvonne Blake & Antonio Castillo

Romeo & Juliet – Danilo Donati

Star Wars - John Mollo
Star Wars – John Mollo

This year’s nominees are Michael Wilkinson for American Hustle, William Chang Suk Ping for The Grandmaster, Catherine Martin for The Great Gatsby (WINNER), Michael O’Connor for The Invisible Woman, and Patricia Norris for 12 Years a Slave

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5 thoughts on “Oscars Week – Well-Dressed Wednesday: Costume Design (updated)

    1. i haven’t seen enough of the films to judeg fairly. Hollywood seems to be on a 1970s fetish these days, so perhaps “American Hustle”. This is the first year in a long time that all the nominees are period films, so it will be tough no matter what (contemprary films seldom win Best Costume Design)

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