One of the reasons we love our favorite films and television shows is the costuming—and the top designers were honored at the 15th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards yesterday for creating it! The women behind Anna Karenina, Skyfall, Downton Abbey, and more all took home trophies, with a toast to their work on the big and small screens. “One can only do great work if one is given a great opportunity,” Karenina‘s Jacqueline Durran said while accepting the award for Excellence in Period Film. Click through to see close-up shots of all the winning designs, plus details from the designers and their casts on what makes each look so special.
Jacqueline Durran has three Oscar nominations for Costume Design under her belt: one in 2005 for Pride & Prejudice, one in 2007 for Atonement, and now, this year for the stunning period-meets-modern pieces she created for Keira Knightley and cast in Anna Karenina. So when it comes to the Big Night itself, Durran, of course, is going to walk the legendary red carpet in a design by her own hand. “I’m going to have something made,” Durran told InStyle.com of her Oscars dress. “I designed it myself and sent it to a costume maker I’ve worked with for 20 years. I haven’t really finished it, but it’s a little bit modern and little bit period. It’s not really like Karenina, but it’s a mixed up look.” She has yet to determine the fabrics, but the color is dead set. “It will probably be predominantly dark blue,” she said. “I love dark blue.” Keep your eyes peeled for Jacqueline’s one-of-a-kind creation February 24, when she attends the Academy Awards in hopes of a win in the Costume Design category.
Plus, learn Karenina costume secrets from Durran!
While the stars have been taking home awards left and right—from the Critics’ Choice to the Golden Globes—it’s time to honor those who create the looks from our favorite movies and TV shows! The nominations for the 15th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards were announced today, and many of our favorite shows and movies made the cut, including Golden Globe winner Girls. “It’s such a fun show to work on because the characters are so interesting and relatable and quirky—it’s a magical group of characters,” costume designer Jenn Rogien, nominated in the Outstanding Contemporary TV Series category, told InStyle.com Other nominees include Jacqueline Durran (Excellence in Period Film) for her gorgeous post-World-War II costumes for Anna Karenina, Caroline McCall (Outstanding Period/Fantasy TV Series) for her stunning Downton Abbey creations (Lady Mary’s Wedding Dress!), and Argo’s costume designer, Jacqueline West (Excellence in Period Film), whom actor-and-director Ben Affleck had nothing but praise for. “Jackie West, without exaggeration, is the best person working in Hollywood right now,” Affleck told InStyle.com. “Her research is meticulous and it’s all from news photos, advertising, and news reels. She’s wonderful.“
Plus, learn more fun facts about the Girls costumes!
After much ado about something, Joe Wright’s theatrical recreation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic Russian novel, Anna Karenina, opens in theaters nationwide today. Keira Knightley stars as the titular character, who descends from the heights of aristocratic society to the depths of madness after one lust-fueled decision changes her life—and she does it all while looking incredible in post-war-inspired 19th-century looks created by Oscar-nominated costume designer Jacqueline Durran. InStyle.com got the scoop on the cinematic creations. Click through the gallery to get all the costume details straight from Durran!
At a recent advanced screening of Anna Karenina—the film opens in theaters nationwide tomorrow, November 16—there was one thing we immediately noticed about the beautiful Jacqueline Durran-designed costumes: Star Keira Knightley wears mirror-image dresses from the beginning of the film to the end—in other words, the same structures, but in different colors. Durran told InStyle.com that she used this device to illustrate how the titular character moves from the heights of society to (spoiler alert!) being a complete outcast. “With the ballgown near the beginning of the film, she [Anna Karenina] triumphs in a black dress amidst all the dancers at the ball, who are in pastels. For her to be in black makes sense—she was then contrasted to the society around her,” Durran told InStyle.com. “And when she goes back to the opera at the end, it is almost the exact same dress, but in white, and it’s the opposite thing that’s happening. That’s the high point of her humiliation.” Durran, nominated for two Oscars for her costume work on Atonement and Pride and Prejudice (both starring Knightley), also enjoyed the surprise element of dressing Anna in black first, and then white. “You would imagine her in white first and black second, so the fact that it was reversed—I love that,” she said. Click here to find out where the film is playing near you, and stay tuned to InStyle.com for more costume details from Durran tomorrow!
Plus, see Banana Republic’s Anna Karenina collection!
After announcing its Anna Karenina-inspired capsule collection this summer, Banana Republic has put the goods on shelves (both brick-and-mortar and virtual)! The designs, by Banana’s Creative Director Simon Kneen (inset), have a 1950s feel—even though the film, based on Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel, takes place in 1870s Russia—thanks to costume designer Jacqueline Durran’s Dior New Look-inspired ensembles for the film. “You always take something that’s inspiring, and make it modern and relevant,” Kneen told InStyle.com. “We took the simplicity of the 1950s couture shapes—how architectural they were—and worked them back into the 1870s.” The film, starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law, opens in theaters November 16, but to tide you over check out the entire Banana Republic Anna Karenina collection in the gallery below. Clothing ranges in price from $59 to $500, with shoes and accessories retailing for $29 to $225. Then, head over to bananarepublic.com (and select Banana Republic stores) to start shopping!
Before Anna Karenina—starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law—hits theaters on November 16, die-hard fans of the classic novel can surround themselves with regal (and festive) Russian fare! Banana Republic (who is quite fond of entertainment-driven collections, given the retailer’s ongoing Mad Men collaboration) is giving InStyle.com an exclusive sneak peek of the limited-edition Anna Karenina capsule collection, which was inspired by the film’s 19th-century fashion and styled and curated by its costume designer, Jacqueline Durran. “It’s really about taking key elements of that time period—sophisticated color, fabrics, and beautiful detailing—and translating that into an updated wardrobe,” Simon Kneen, Banana Republic’s Creative Director and Executive Vice President of Design told InStyle.com. “Small touches such as lace and fur embellishments portray a classic sense of luxury without requiring a full look that may feel ‘costumey.’ Even if incorporating vintage pieces, you shouldn’t don a full 19th-century look. Instead, mix and match with more modern pieces to keep it current.” The men’s and women’s offerings—check out the original sketches by Kneen and Durran above—include apparel, ranging in price from $59 to $500, as well as shoes and accessories that will retail from $29 to $225. The Anna Karenina collection hits Banana Republic stores and bananarepublic.com on Tuesday, October 30. In the meantime, click through the gallery below to see all the looks!
Joe Wright’s epic remake of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is set to hit theaters in limited release on November 16, but fans eager to see glimpses into the world of the titular character, played by Keira Knightley, can feast their eyes on eight just-released posters. The images—each one representing a different type of love depicted in the classic story— show some of the incredible period costumes, created by Oscar-nominated costume designer Jacqueline Durran. Lucky Londoners will be able to see the costumes when they go on display October 20 at the Victoria & Albert Museum, as part of the Hollywood Costume exhibition. We can’t wait to find out the rest of what the cast will wear in the film—after all, it was good enough to inspire an entire collection at Banana Republic. Click through the gallery to see all the new posters!