2014 Oscar-Nominated Costume Designs
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Oscar Worthy Style1 of 6
By Paige Brettingen
The Academy has taken a liking to the historical films this year, especially in the category of costume design. From Victorian gowns to disco dresses, click through to see the nominees' creations, and decide who should get the Oscar on March 2.
The Great Gatsby2 of 6
This is a movie with real fashion cred. Costume designer Catherine Martin collaborated with designer Miuccia Prada to create 40 flapper-inspired looks for the Baz Luhrmann film. Martin apparently has a knack for costuming large-scale, high-glam films—in 2002, she won two Academy Awards for art direction and costume design with Moulin Rouge!
The Grandmaster3 of 6
One of the lesser-known films on the list, this foreign film follows the life of legendary martial arts master Ip Man during China's turbulent mid-20th century. Costume designer William Chang Suk Ping reportedly spent two years collecting beads, ribbons, lace and fabrics for the cheongsam dresses—the haute couture style for Chinese women in the early 1900s.
12 Years a Slave4 of 6
The film's costume designer had to rely on reading books to imagine the designs for 12 Years a Slave since there was so little documented about the 1850s-era plantation clothing. Good thing she's a self-proclaimed "history nut," according to New York Magazine.
The Invisible Woman5 of 6
Set in 19th-century London, The Invisible Woman tells the tale of Charles Dickens' love affair with a young actress. Costumer designer Michael O'Connor kept the designs authentic, requiring the actresses to wear "cages" (the undergarments that gave the Victorian gowns their volume) topped off with three heavy petticoats. It's the third Oscar nomination for O'Connor (who won an Oscar for The Duchess in 2008 and was nominated for Jane Eyre in 2011). Clearly, the man knows his period costumes.
American Hustle6 of 6
The plunging sequined gowns, iconic wrap dresses and velvet '70s suits were the work of Michael Wilkinson. As for his inspiration, in an interview with Refinery29, Wilkinson said, "We looked at Halston, DVF, Gucci, YSL, and Christian Dior; all those great designers who were really reinventing how women were dressing themselves in the '70s."