Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Best Costumes of 2013

Catching Fire costume designer Trish Summerville with Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket, killing it in McQueen!

If you’d like to read a roundup of the Best Costumes of Film and TV for 2013, do head over to Clothes on Film, where editor Chris Laverty has assembled a crack team of both costume designers and those who like to write about costumes (myself included!) for their opinions on the most memorable costume designs this year. You will definitely see some of the film picks on the list when Oscar nominations are announced on January 16, 2014!

You can find my selections about halfway through the list.

I see more kid flicks than anything but for the more grownup movies I watched this year it was very easy to pick my costume design favorites.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Fingers crossed that Trish Summerville, above, gets an Oscar nomination for her work in this movie. I especially love that she pulled right from the runway of Alexander McQueen for the elaborate (and technically masterful) get-ups on Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks).

Peter Sarsgaard and Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine.

Blue Jasmine

I hope Suzy Benzinger gets an Oscar nomination or even a win for this one. She knew just what fashion brands would give Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) an authentic touch as the wealthy Manhattan socialite whose life has fallen apart. One of my pet theories about costume design for film is that modern day movies are the hardest to design for. Using that as a starting point, Blue Jasmine was a standout piece of costume design work, and I am not just saying that because I loved the Chanel jacket or Birkin above! Look at what Dwight (Peter Sarsgaard) is wearing, which is subtle and perfect for his character (not to mention plays well with what Jasmine has on). When you see the movie, check out the duds on Ginger (Sally Hawkins) or her boyfriend Chili (Bobby Canavale). Suzy Benzinger did an amazing job costuming this movie and I hope she is rewarded during awards season!

Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby.

The Great Gatsby

I know reactions were mixed regarding the collaboration between Oscar-winning costume designer Catherine Martin and Miuccia Prada, but I loved the costumes in this movie. Do not get me started on the jewelry by Tiffany & Co. (because we will be here all day), but the pieces on Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan) were stunning. I am still dreaming about the Savoy Headpiece she wears in the photo above.

Derek Hough and Amber Riley from Dancing With the Stars, Season 17.

Dancing With the Stars

Since I have a ballroom dancing son, this has become required viewing in my house. I can’t believe how many costumes series designers Daniella Gschwendtner and Steven Norman Lee and their wardrobe team put together every week. The numbers and inventiveness boggle the mind. The costumes not only have to look good, they have to seriously move, and what the DWTS costumers accomplish on those two fronts is remarkable! I loved these Jazz Age ensembles on Derek Hough and Amber Riley. Definitely a 10 from me!

Find out what other writers picked and hear what costume designers themselves have to say about the year’s best in costume design at Clothes on Film

And do let me know what costumes for film or TV you loved this year. I’d love to hear your picks!


susan@avintagefarmwife said...

Oh my goodness! I loved reading this post-how fascinating! I love clothes, but I admit I haven't paid as much attention to the clothing (or I should say, the people who chose the clothing!) in movies. What a talent costume design is! Can't wait to read more about this on your blog.

denton said...

Jill, congrats for being included on the list of costume critics!

I haven't seen any of the films on you list yet (altho hope to get to the Great Gatsby soon).

But it's so funny, as I went over to the 'Clothes on Film' site, I asked myself if there were any films that caught my eye costume-wise this year, and two jumped into my head, unbidden. Spring Breakers and Frances Ha. Then I slapped myself down, I said, wait, they hardly wore anything at all in Spring Breakers (lol), and in Frances Ha it was just like broke Brooklyn hipster stuff.

And then there are both films, picked twice each by two different people. Always trust your instinct I guess :-)

The scene in Spring Breakers of the two girls with pink bikinis, pink ski masks, and Uzis is definitely great.

Anyway I recommend both films for very different reasons.

Great article!