The CDG Awards 2020

The 22nd annual Costume Designers Guild Awards was held Tuesday night January 28th at The Beverly Hilton. Hosted by the funny and fashionable Mindy Kaling, the awards honor excellence in costume design with five competitive categories for film, TV, and short-form costume design. Let’s take a look at the talented winners of the CDG Awards 2020

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The CDG Awards 2020: Film

Excellence in Contemporary Film

Knives Out: Jenny Eagen

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This is the third CDGA win for costume designer Jenny Eagen. “Knives Out,” is a modern whodunit with an all-star cast and Eagen wanted to immediately define a character through their wardrobe and help them tell their story. Eagen wove together bright colors, floral prints, furs, and clashing patterns. She also incorporated sweaters and knitwear not only to keep the actors warm on a cold set but to create a sense of coziness.

Excellence in Period Film

Jojo Rabbit, Mayes C. Rubeo

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This is Mayes C. Rubeo’s first CDGA win. The film “Jojo Rabbit” is seen through the eyes of a 10-year-old boy in Germany. The time is World War II and his imaginary best friend is Hitler. Rubeo designed costumes for this anti-hate satire that are vibrant, colorful, vivid and lucid. Rubeo told variety that  “you see the transformation of the boy. As his ideologies change so does the color palette.”

Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Ellen Mirojnick

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This is the third CDGA win for Ellen Mirojnick. “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”  This sequel divides its time between three very different women caught in an emotional tug of war with dangerous ramifications. Mirojnick told Yahoo Entertainment that “one very important thing about creating the designs was that these are three queens, and we had to decide how their costumes represented them individually and played opposite each other.”

The CDG Awards 2020: Television

Excellence in Contemporary Television

Schitt’s Creek: “The Dress,” Debra Hanson

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This Canadian sitcom centers around the Rose family who were defrauded out of their fortune and are forced to rebuild their lives in a small town. Costume Designer Debra Hanson told Backstage that “the main character’s costumes are based on the English socialite Daphne Guinness. It was just an expression of somebody who was incredibly assured of themselves and free and brave. Of course, we didn’t have the Guinness budget so we spent a lot of time in second-hand stores.”

Excellence in Period Television

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: “It’s Comedy or Cabbage,” Donna Zakowska

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This is Donna Zakowska’s third CDGA and her second win for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Zakowska told NPR, “I come from a painting background, I myself am personally very excited by color all the time. … I do put a lot of effort, a lot of time, into figuring out a scene.”

Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Television

Game of Thrones: “The Iron Throne,” Michele Clapton

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This epic HBO series which just ended after 8 seasons is an adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy novels. Costume Designer Michele Clapton has worked in every medium building costumes for GOT. From extensive hand sewing and distressing to the use of 3-D printing. Clapton told Vanity Fair “we try to keep our methods of making the costumes as correct as we possibly can. The costumes should help the character, not dominate the story.”

Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television

The Masked Singer: “Season Finale: And The Winner Takes It All and Takes It Off,” Marina Toybina

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“The Masked Singer” is a top-secret singing competition in which celebrities face off against one another while shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, concealing their identity. Costume designer Marina Toybina told The Cut “it’s crazy to see how much people love seeing over-the-top costuming. We worked around the clock to get this done and it’s important that people know that Costume design of this caliber is a dying art.”

The CDG Awards 2020: Short Form Design


United Airlines: “Star Wars Wing Walker,” commercial, Christopher Lawrence

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This is Christopher Lawrence’s second CDGA. Known for his work on “Ray Donovan” Lawrence told the CDG in an article “Education and perseverance are key to the job. Understanding an actor’s style and wardrobe can save precious time and the most important thing is to prepare, prepare, prepare.”

It was a grand night for the ladies at the CDG Awards as seven out of eight awards went to women. Host Mindy Kaling said, “CDG Awards are the only ones that really matter — how we look on the outside!” We couldn’t agree more.

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