Winners of the 2019 Costume Designers Guild Awards took home their proud trophies last Tuesday night. Hosted by Kate Walsh at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, the ceremony was full of glamour, wit and heart. Kate Walsh entered as Glinda the Good Witch from the “Wizard of Oz,” and costume designers and actors alike showed up with their full creative forces on display. There were some very exciting wins!
2019 Costume Designers Guild Awards Winners: Excellence in a Sci-Fi Fantasy Film
It wasn’t exactly a shock that Ruth E. Carter took home the award in this category for her remarkable work on “Black Panther.” The costumes blend history, fantasy and multiple cultural sources, ultimately articulating a world that was both empowering and beautiful. Though this award wasn’t a huge surprise, it was still a thrill to see such a groundbreaking work being honored. Ruth E. Carter also received Lifetime Achievement recognition.
2019 Costume Designers Guild Awards Winners: Excellence in a Period Film
Sandy Powell took home the award in this category for her work on “The Favourite.” This darkly comic story of Queen Anne and her two ladies in waiting tells a sordid tale, and Powell used unconventional, “punk” methods to achieve a look that obeyed the silhouettes of the period, but utilized all kinds of unconventional fabrics to heighten the world of the film and throw the audience off a bit. Brilliant!
2019 Costume Designers Guild Awards Winners: Excellence in a contemporary Film
Favoring lighter fare. the award in this category went to Mary E. Vogt for her work on “Crazy Rich Asians.” This romcom is imbued with fairy tale overtones and the power dynamics of new and old money. Vogt created a frothy, playful and glamorous feel to tell this story of love amongst the elite.
2019 Costume Designers Guild Awards Winners: Excellence in Period Television
The honor in this category went to Donna Zakowski for her sweeping work on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Set in New York City during the 1950’s, the show has uptown wealth bumping up against downtown freedom. To express the sartorial prowess of the main characters, Zakowsi created bespoke costumes for those actors. The adventures of Midge Maisel take us from clubs, to fancy parties, to Paris, to the Catskills, to high end department stores, to an east coast tour of comedy clubs and cheap motels. Zakowski vividly depicts the span of what was happening culturally through color, shape and attitude. We drool over the influence that European couture was having on New Yorkers with means, but also see the emergence of the androgynous, beatnik look embodied by Midge’s manager who lives a less conventional life. The costumes tell the rich and layered story of post-war New Yorkers in all their glory.
2019 Costume Designers Guild Awards Winners: Politics
And, of course, it wouldn’t be an award show without political stances being asserted. During thank you’s, CDGA vice president Cate Adair pointedly mentioned the pay discrepancy between the CDGA and other guilds. She suggested that it’s because this guild is “85 percent women. I don’t know about you, but my watch says, time’s up.”
MWS Congratulates all of the fantastic Costume Designers who won, or were nominated, on another year of creative excellence.
Excellence in Period Film
The Favourite, Sandy Powell
Excellence in Contemporary Film
Crazy Rich Asians, Mary E. Vogt
Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film
Black Panther, Ruth E. Carter
Excellence in Short Form Design
Childish Gambino: “This is America”, music video, Natasha Newman-Thomas
Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television
RuPaul’s Drag Race, Zaldy Goco
Excellence in Period Television
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Donna Zakowska
Excellence in Contemporary Television
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Lou Eyrich & Allison Leach
Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television
Westworld, Sharen Davis
Career Achievement Award
Ruth E. Carter
Distinguished Service Award
Betty Pecha Madden
Distinguished Collaborator Award