What would Dorothy have been without the ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz? Or Kill Bill's The Bride in anything other than her yellow and black jumpsuit? Can you imagine if producers had simply picked up Johnny Depp's elaborate Pirates of the Caribbean costume in the Halloween aisle at a local drugstore? What if there was no high-waisted red swimsuit that went along with Baywatch?
The iconic costumes that we are dazzled by on the big screen aren't chosen at random. The right design is just as essential to the story telling process as the way a line is delivered, or even who it is delivered by. It comes as a result of the imagination and dedication of Hollywood's hardworking costume designers, whose work is celebrated each year at the Costume Designer Guild Awards.
At the 16th CDG Awards, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel February 22nd, the industry gathered to honor the career of April Ferry, a costume designer who rocks an orange faux hawk, has over thirty years of experience under her belt, and whose resume ranges from Big Chill to Maverick to Donnie Dark to Rome. As one mere example of her passion and commitment to the art, presenter Debra Winger noted that in the first season of Rome alone, Ferry was responsible for making 5000 costumes, and even traveled as far as India for the right authentic textiles. Earlier in the night, Ferry shared some insight into her trade to Glam, explaining that the process of costume design is a collaborative one that happens between the director, herself, and even the actor wearing the ensemble, who she thinks needs to feel entirely comfortable. It's this type of respect for the individual that Winger was surely referring to as she continued to speak fondly of Ferry, before, at last, calling the veteran costume designer up onto the stage to receive her Career Achievement award.
Ferry wasn't the only member of the costume design industry that was celebrated at tonight's CDG Awards. Find a full list of award recipients and special honorees below.
Excellence in Contemporary Film
Blue Jasmine – Suzy Benzinger
Excellence in Fantasy Film
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Trish Summerville
Outstanding Contemporary Television Series
Saturday Night Live – Tom Broecker, Eric Justian
(Award was accepted by Broecker)
Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series
Downton Abbey – Caroline McCall
Outstanding Made for Television Movie or Mini Series
Behind the Candelabra – Ellen Mirojnick
Excellence in Commercial Costume Design
Call of Duty, “Ghosts Masked Warriors” – Nancy Steiner
LACOSTE Spotlight Award Honoree
CDGA Distinguished Collaborator Honoree