Emmy-nominated designers celebrate TV costumes
In this publicity photo provided by Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, costumes from the TV show, "American Horror Story," are shown in the exhibit "The Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design" at FIDM in Los Angeles. “American Horror Story” is nominated for 2012 Emmy® for Outstanding Costume Design by Series Costume Designer, Chrisi Karvonides and Series Costume Supervisor, Conan Castro. Additional costumes by Pilot Costume Designer, Lou Eyrich, Pilot Co-Costume Designer, Jennifer Eve. (AP Photo/FIDM, Alex J. Berliner)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even vintage-inspired costume designers need a thoroughly modern muse.
For longtime film and television costume designer Ruth Myers, nominated this year for an Emmy for her tailored 1930s and '40s-based dress slacks and suits in the HBO movie "Hemingway & Gelhorn," that muse came in the form of the film's sleek, svelte, 5'10" costar Nicole Kidman, whom she worked with on the 2007 movie "The Golden Compass."
"Nicole has the best bum in the world. . She has the perfect figure," said Myers at the recent Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising party for its sixth annual "Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design" exhibit.
Myers and other Emmy-nominated costume designers came to celebrate the clothes from multiple shows and TV movies, including "Hemingway & Gelhorn," FX series "American Horror Story," PBS favorite "Downton Abbey," ABC's fairy tale drama "Once Upon A Time" and HBO's Prohibition-era series "Boardwalk Empire." Co-presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the exhibit runs Tuesday through Oct. 20. The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards airs Sept. 23 on ABC.
The gray wide-legged, high-waisted trousers worn by Kidman as Spanish Civil War and World War II correspondent Martha Gelhorn, Hemingway's third wife, are on display with a textured beige cardigan and rose-colored blouse. Myers gave the look, so in line with the current high-waisted pants trend, a contemporary twist, using vintage fabrics recut and redesigned.
In this publicity photo provided by Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, costumes from the TV show, "Game of Thrones," are shown in the exhibit "The Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design" at FIDM in Los Angeles. “Game of Thrones” is nominated for 2012 Emmy® for Outstanding Costume Design by Costume Designer, Michele Clapton, Assistant Costume Designer, Alexander Fordham and Assistant Costume Designer, Chloe Aubry. The exhibition runs from July 31 through October 20, 2012.(AP Photo/FIDM, Alex J. Berliner)
"I wanted to be true to the period, but also modern," said Myers. "The pants are not totally accurate. In the 1940s, the crotch area was more droopy. These are somewhat more flattering."
"Downton Abbey" may be taking fashion the other way — injecting some period flair into modern design, cited as a muse by the likes of Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren. Six looks are on display from the show, which last season revolved around the British aristocratic Crawley family during World War I. A long, smooth dark blue velvet dress with sheer paneling worn by Maggie Smith as matriarch Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, stands near a long-sleeved floor-length brown velvet coat paired with an off-white gown decorated with swirling rows of beads and lace worn by Elizabeth McGovern as American heiress Cora Crowley, Countess of Grantham.