It was the glamour of the Camelot era versus the costumes worn in the steamy environs of fictional Bon Temps, La.—and the royal finery of King Henry VIII’s era.
All are beautifully authentic costumes, many of which come off their characters at the drop off a hat.
It was “Mad Men”’s acclaimed costume designer Janie Bryant who walked away with the coveted Costume Designers Guild Award for outstanding period/fantasy TV series in ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton.
She designs not only the noteworthy early 1960s fashions for Betty and Don Draper and other key cast members, but for all the background players--up to 200 costumes per episode—and frequents vintage stores in LA and New York as she creates the sophisticated looks that have made the fashion industry stand up and take another look at the bygone era.
“It’s been such an incredible, amazing ride, and I’m honored to be in a group of such creative people,” Bryant said in her acceptance speech, giving a shout-out to executive producer and writer Matthew Weiner for giving her the time of her life.
If there was a night to show up in fashionable or attention-grabbing finery, this was it, and the “Mad Men” troupe, including Weiner in a dapper tux, didn’t disappoint. Hosted by Parker Posey and sponsored by Swarovski and Lacoste, the guild awards honor the best costume design in television, film and commercials. You don’t want to be caught in a boring dress or a stuffy suit in this crowd.
In the outstanding contemporary TV series category, “Glee”’s Lou Eyrich took home the trophy, besting designers from “Ugly Betty,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” and “Big Love.”
The career achievement in television award went to Michael Travis, who has dressed everyone from Leontyne Price to Tony Orlando, Dinah Shore and Liberace. Travis started off on Broadway before moving to television, and a well- produced video tribute showed off his work on six seasons of "Laugh-In," where he created up to 400 costumes a week.
For outstanding TV movie or miniseries, Catherine Marie Thomas won the statuette for her work on "Grey Gardens." The other nominees were Michael Denison for "Georgia O'Keefe" and Barbara Kidd for "Little Dorrit."
The late Robert Turturice, known for his work on more than 30 made-for-television movies and 19 series, including “Moonlighting,” and a former CDG president, was given the Hall of Fame Award.
Casey Storm, the costume designer of the amusing and memorable milk ad campaign “Milkquarious” won for excellence in commercials. And unlike his on-screen characters, he didn’t wear white—but a bright red suit.
The costume designers for "Crazy Heart," "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus" and "The Young Victoria” took home the awards for excellence in film and Emily Blunt—in a fashion-forward metallic gray dress with black netting at the shoulders--was honored with the Swarovski Award.
Nicole Kidman, Anna Paquin, Anna Kendrick and Kristen Bell also scored high marks for their get-ups for the evening. And Nancy Sinatra, who with George Schlatter presented the award to Travis…well, she didn’t wear boots. It just wouldn’t have been appropriate for the occasion.