Balenciaga and Dior inspired the work that won the British costume designer her first Academy Award.
British costume designer Jacqueline Durran took home an Achievement in Costume Design Oscar on Sunday night for her work on Anna Karenina. This is Durran's first win, though she's been nominated twice before -- once in 2006 for Pride & Prejudice and again in 2008 for Atonement. Coincidentally, all three of Durran's nominated films have been directed by Joe Wright and starred Keira Knightly.
Durran's period costumes for Karenina took home top honors at the Costume Designer Guild Awards last week as well as the BAFTA in the same category earlier this month.
Although the film was set in the 1870s, Durran consulted the elaborate, 1950s-era couture gowns of Christian Dior and Christobal Balenciaga for inspiration, and was largely favored by the fashion industry to take home Oscar night's top costume prize.