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Meryl Streep, Lily Collins Honored at Costume Designers Guild Awards

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Meryl Streep at the 2017 Costume Designers Guild Awards.

Streep originally wanted to be a costume designer. (Who knew?!) "Halloween was like the run-up to fashion week in our house," she says.

"What I'm trying to say — and it's time that someone said it — she's a complete bitch," James Corden joked at the Costume Designers Guild Awards on Tuesday, recalling the first time he met Meryl Streep in a restaurant and she asked him to bring her the lemon-crusted salmon, mistaking him for a waiter. (He explained that they would be co-stars for Into the Woods.)

"Now, listen, I disagree with almost everything that Donald Trump has ever said, but, when he tweeted that ..." The Late Late Show host said, poking fun at the time the president called Streep an "overrated" actress. "It's great to see someone like Meryl finally be recognized with an award."

Streep's latest honor is the Costume Designers Guild's Distinguished Collaborator Award. "This is going to be a door stop for the Golden Globe room," Corden quipped of the much-lauded Streep.

 

Though recognized often for her work as an actress (she's a best actress Oscar nominee for her latest, Florence Foster Jenkins), it turns out Streep's original interest was costume design. (Who knew?!)

"It means a lot to me, and not because I wanted to be a costume designer, which I did, but because my mother really wanted to be a costume designer," said the 67-year-old star, clad in a fuchsia Valentino gown, as she accepted her award. "Halloween was like the run-up to fashion week in our house. She was so inventive."

That's why Streep says she enjoys working with costume designer Ann Roth ("she has that kind of invention"), who was at the awards ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

"It’s amazing that I could share that moment of creation — it’s so hard, you never see it in a movie. They never really get that right. That moment of creation, of it coming alive," Streep said of her first time collaborating with Roth on Mike Nichols' Silkwood (1983).

"To be in a room with Ann, and to share that mutual ... it’s like a happy surprise, like a simultaneous orgasm. It is a tiny miracle every time that happens," Streep teased. "I have to be very careful to tell Ann that I have had it with other people ... Albert [Wolsky], Colleen [Atwood] and so many wonderful designers that have really given all these great characters. I'm so grateful for this, and I do honor your artistry. I wish I could do it."

The awards show, hosted by Mandy Moore, honored Jeffrey Kurland (Erin Brockovich, Ocean's Eleven) with the Career Achievement Award and Lois DeArmond (Minority Report, American Sniper) with the Distinguished Service Award. Bob Mackie also paid tribute to his longtime collaborator Ret Turner, who died at age 87 last year. The evening's winners can be found here.

After attending the CDGA five years ago to honor the late Mirror Mirror costume designer Eiko Ishioka, Lily Collins returned to receive the LACOSTE Spotlight Award, which was presented to by her Last Tycoon co-star Matt Bomer.

Collins, who expressed gratitude to all the designers she's worked with over the years, including Wolsky, Janie Bryant, Maria Tortu and Daniel Orlandi, noted that she's always been a fan of clothes.

"I did a show when I was 2 years old in England, and I was put in a new outfit one day on set and then I was proceeded to have fake throw up thrown on me," recalled Collins, who stunned at the event in a sequined Alexander McQueen gown. "And my main concern was my new white shoes. I felt bad for the costume designer. At age 2, my main concern was shoes, so we know I've always been into fashion. I've always seen it as the ultimate form of self expression."

Since then, the 27-year-old actress has learned a thing or two from working with different costume designers.

"Albert Wolsky did Rules Don't Apply with me and he would come up and he'd alter millimeters or centimeters, and even the smallest amount of alteration changes your body shape," Collins told The Hollywood Reporter.

"And it can make something go from being either too mature or too frumpy and all of a sudden, you're like, 'You just transformed my body. It's all about proportion," Collins added. "His eye for detail was so specific and amazing that if you're attuned to that, all of a sudden, you can wear something and not have something wear you."

Spoken like a true style star.

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