3 Trends to Look for From the Costume Designers Guild Awards Nominees

"Cinderella" in nominated in the feature film fantasy category.
“Cinderella” in nominated in the feature film fantasy category.

The Costume Designers Guild announced nominees for outstanding contributions in television and film in 2015.

Designers in the categories of contemporary, fantasy and period costumes will be recognized at a ceremony on Feb. 23 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

With costumes ranging from glamorous gowns to war-ready rags, some of the nominated films are odd bedfellows. Below, we break down what the award categories for featured films really mean.

1. In the contemporary category, the costumes have a specific purpose and utility–largely revolving around the characters’ jobs. Each nominated film is takes a mostly modest but distinctive approach to fashion and how it reflects the environment.

"Beats of No Nation" is nominated in the contemporary category.
“Beasts of No Nation” is nominated in the contemporary category.

Beasts of No Nation
Joy
Kingsman: The Secret Service
The Martian
Youth

2. In the period film category, the costumes featured take a polished, glamorous approach fashion. All of the nominees are highly stylized dramas that showcase trends from their time period using bright colors and striking patterns.

"Brooklyn" is nominated in the period film category.
“Brooklyn” is nominated in the period film category.

Brooklyn
Carol
Crimson Peak
The Danish Girl
Trumbo

3. In the fantasy film category, tailored silhouettes with historical references are thematic. “Cinderella” is the lone contender where romance and flamboyance ooze from every player in the film; Even the most mundane tasks–like cleaning a farm and tending to animals–requires an alluring house dress. The Disney picture is in stark contrast to the dystopian dramas nominated in the same category.

"Cinderella" is nominated in the fantasy category.
“Cinderella” is nominated in the fantasy category.

Cinderella
Ex Machina
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2
Mad Max: Fury Road
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

At the fete, Cate Blanchett will be honored with the Lacoste Spotlight Award for her contributions to the costume design community. The Oscar winner’s films “Cinderella” and “Carol,” which received nods in the fantasy and period categories, respectively, are among the nominees.

Cate Blanchett in "Carol."
Cate Blanchett in “Carol.”

Along with Blanchett, Quentin Tarantino will be recognized with the Distinguished Collaborator Award, presented by “The Hateful Eight” star Kurt Russell, for his partnerships with costume designers.

BAFTA-nominated costume designer Ellen Mirojnick, who designed for “Wall Street,” “Chaplin” and “Basic Instinct,” will receive the Career Achievement Award for her work spanning nearly three decades in television and film.

Below, a full list of the nominated designers in television and film categories.

Excellence in Contemporary Film
Beasts of No Nation – Jenny Eagan
Joy – Michael Wilkinson
Kingsman: The Secret Service – Arianne Phillips
The Martian – Janty Yates
Youth – Carlo Poggioli

Excellence in Period Film
Brooklyn – Odile Dicks-Mireaux
Carol – Sandy Powell
Crimson Peak – Kate Hawley
The Danish Girl – Paco Delgado
Trumbo – Daniel Orlandi

Excellence in Fantasy Film
Cinderella – Sandy Powell
Ex Machina – Sammy Sheldon Differ
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 – Kurt and Bart
Mad Max: Fury Road – Jenny Beavan
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Michael Kaplan

Outstanding Contemporary Television Series
American Horror Story: Hotel – Lou Eyrich
Empire, Season 1 – Rita McGhee
House of Cards – Johanna Argan, Kemal Harris
Ray Donovan – Christopher Lawrence
Transparent – Marie Schley

Outstanding Period Television Series
The Knick – Ellen Mirojnick
Mad Men – Janie Bryant, Tiffany White Stanton
Masters of Sex – Isis Mussenden
Outlander – Terry Dresbach
Penny Dreadful – Gabriella Pescucci

Outstanding Fantasy Television Series
Game of Thrones – Michele Clapton
Once Upon a Time – Eduardo Castro
Sleepy Hollow, Season 2 – Kristin M. Burke, Mairi Chisholm
Sleepy Hollow, Season 3 – Mairi Chisholm
The Wiz Live! – Paul Tazewell

Excellence in Short Form Design
And So It Begins, Old Spice Commercial – Mindy Le Brock
From the Makers of Happy & Merry, H&M Presents Katy Perry Commercial – B. Åkerlund
The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth – Dance Battle, Video Game, Kaboom/Warner Interactive Commercial – Soyon An
Kevin Spacey, E-Trade Commercial – Johanna Argan
Most Interesting Man in the World Wins on Land, Sea & Air, Dos Equis Commercial – Julie Vogel

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