CDG - The Costume Designer

Winter 2018

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6 The Costume Designer Winter 2018 EDITOR'S NOTE I first realized Costume Design was an occupation while watching Greta Garbo in the 1920s film, A Single Standard. Adrian's costumes succinctly captured a free- thinking, strong-willed character through her louche, striped pajamas. The casual, masculine silhouettes with a nautical flair were antithetical to women of the time, a radical rethinking of the uniform women were expected to wear. I was mesmerized. Costume Design is a stupendous vocation. It involves digesting a script, which is at its heart a balance of fiction used to tell truths. It wields tools like psychology, sociology, memory, and intuition, distilled into a vocabulary of clothing to create real, believable people in situations both mundane and fantastical. It is a keystone in filmmaking, allowing the audience to be more fully drawn into the possibility of a story. Without the conviction that the tale is real, there can be no poignancy, payoff, or resolution. There is the collaborative element of realizing a vision in concert with others, but there is also a strong streak of solitude. How all of these intricacies are translated into searing images, which can sometimes haunt a viewer, is almost magic. Many of the people responsible for some of the most memorable moments in film and television have been honored with our Career Achievement Award. To recognize the twentieth anniversary of our Costume Designers Guild Awards, we have featured every Career Achievement recipient on our cover. I had the privilege and pleasure of speaking to every living honoree. In Japan, there is a tradition of recognizing individuals who are "Preservers of Important Cultural Properties" as National Treasures. In my opinion, our Career Achievement winners could easily be lauded with this distinction. I was so moved by their candor, vitality, and wisdom. Their stories and experiences are as much part of the fabric of Costume Design as materials, yet many are untold. It is this transcendent unifying belief in what we do as individuals and as a collective that has yielded exponential yearly growth in the recognition for our field. This year, Joanna Johnston's name is added to this illustrious list and we celebrate her oeuvre and the way she can add gravitas or panache depending on what the script demands. Her range is vast and includes translating Abraham Lincoln, Jessica Rabbit, and Forrest Gump into powerful, unforgettable characters. We also recognize our nominees and the excellence of their work, which has compelled and inspired us this year. Congratulations. Anna Wyckoff EDITOR IN CHIEF Anna Wyckoff ASSOCIATE EDITORS Bonnie Nipar Christine Cover Ferro PRESIDENT Salvador Perez VICE PRESIDENT Cate Adair SECRETARY Ivy Thaide TREASURER Nanrose Buchman EXECUTIVE BOARD Mary Vogt Christopher Lawrence Julie Weiss Mona May Phillip Boutté Jr. Costume Illustrators Representative Kristine Haag ACD Representative LABOR REPRESENTATIVES Betty Madden Sharon Day BOARD ALTERNATES Kristin Burke Jennifer Soulages Lyn Paolo Terry Gordon BOARD OF TRUSTEES Jacqueline Saint Anne Cliff Chally Barbara Inglehart ALTERNATE TRUSTEE Dorothy Amos EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Rachael M. Stanley ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Brigitta Romanov MEMBER SERVICES ADMINISTRATOR Suzanne Huntington RECEPTIONIST/SECRETARY Cecilia Granados PUBLISHER IngleDodd Media ADVERTISING 310.207.4410 "The Costume Designers Guild Awards is our moment to fall in love with our profession all over again." –Dr. Deborah Nadoolman Landis

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