Glee star Jane Lynch, host of last night's Costume Designer Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton, knows firsthand the importance of good costumes from working with the show’s designer Lou Eyrich.
“Costume designers have to be psychologists. They know that the actors are putting it out there and the best of them always want you to be comfortable,” Lynch told The Hollywood Reporter. She recalled one Glee episode that called for everyone to wear underwear. “It was one of those 'picture everyone in your underwear to relax' scenes. We tried three or four kinds of underwear but none of it felt right to me -- I'm not a Victoria's Secret kind of girl -- so Lou put me in a black leather dominatrix outfit and that totally worked.”
Eyrich won two awards last night; one for Career Achievement in Television and another for Outstanding Contemporary TV series. During the elegant evening, sponsored for the 10th year by LaCoste and Disaronno, Lynch recalled their initial encounter.
"The first fitting, she gave me an off-the-rack Adidas track suit. She had ripped it apart. But I am so hard to fit, she (Eyrich) just said, 'We're going to have to make them for you.' Now, I have 35 custom track suits in my wardrobe closet. And you won't rip that track suit off my body until it goes into the Smithsonian."
Other fashionable attendees included Chloe Moretz, Kate Beckinsale and Amber Valetta. For the complete list of winners, click here.
Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood and his long-time costume designer Deborah Hopper were also honored for their 20 films in 28 years of collaboration. They’ve already teamed up again for Clint’s next film, Trouble with the Curve, about a baseball scout who takes his troubled daughter on the road with him.
Marcia Gay Harden introduced Clint and Deborah, noting the actor/director's early contribution to the costumes of Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Western, The Man With No Name. “That iconic serape, Clint came up with that idea. Sergio not only approved the olive green poncho, that serape was never washed, never even dry cleared and with each film... it became a darker shade of olive.” Forget the stinkin' badges. It was a stinkin' serape.
Downton Abbey designer Susanah Buxton wasn't there to pick up her award for Outstanding Made For Television Movie or Miniseries. But John A. Dunn and Lisa Padovani flew in from New York to get their for Outstanding Period/Fantasy TV Series award for Boardwalk Empire.
Trish Summerville won the Excellence in Contemporary Film for her work on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. During her acceptance speech, Summerville thanked her star Rooney Mara -- who was sitting at the Tattoo table -- "for letting me torture you ... and trying to make you ugly, even though it didn't work.”
Arianne Phillips , who was wearing a Lanvin gown, Roger Vivier shoes and Neil Lane jewels, ("They're all friends of mine," she told THR.) won the award for Excellence in a Period Film for her amazing designs in Madonna’s W.E., about the life and love of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. "I've never even won Bingo!" she exclaimed onstage.
Mark Bridges, meanwhile, told THR that he didn’t mind losing last night, perhaps because he just picked up a BAFTA award for his costumes in The Artist last week. Bridges is also nominated for an Oscar, along with Phillips, Sandy Powell (Hugo), Michael O'Connor (Jane Eyre) and Lisy Christl (Anonymous).
"I loved making the film. I had a great time with the actors, the director, the crew. So this is all icing on the cake," he admitted to THR. "Thank God Harvey (Weinstein) came along and got the movie out to the world. It’s a movie that people leave thinking about and feeling good about."
Bridges also revealed that Artist star Berenice Bejo loaned some of her film wardrobe for the FIDM Museum & Galleries 20th annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibit, which is on view until April 28 at the downtown Los Angeles campus. Admission is free.
Because the film is in black and white, it's fun to see the costumes in color, especially that flirty orange dress Peppy Miller (Bejo) wears when she first catches the eye of George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), and the pale green raincoat and floral umbrella she uses when she visits his house during a storm.It's best to go see the Artist costumes -- and those from other Oscar-nominated films Hugo, Jane Eyre, W.E. and Anonymous -- now before it's too late. "When the exhibit is over, the costumes are all going back to Berenice's closet in Paris," Bridges warned.