Anna Wintour predicts Little Women costume designer will win Oscar

Anna Wintour has predicted Little Women’s Jacqueline Durran will win the Academy Award for Best Costume Design on Sunday.The fashion journalist, who has served as editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is one of the most important figures in the ind…

Anna Wintour has predicted Little Women’s Jacqueline Durran will win the Academy Award for Best Costume Design on Sunday.

The fashion journalist, who has served as editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is one of the most important figures in the industry and is constantly keeping an eye out for future trends.

For the latest instalment of her Go Ask Anna video series, Wintour was asked about the films she believed had the best costume and styling of late, and accordingly, she named Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Greta Gerwig’s Little Women.

“I have to pick two films, (where the Vogue team) felt the costumes were extraordinary. The first one would be Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – the costumes were designed by Arianne Phillips. The look of the movie, which was set at the end of the ’60s, early ’70s, was so like an Alessandro Michele show for Gucci, you could put the two side-by-side and you couldn’t tell the difference,” she said. “And then the other film where we loved the way it looked was Little Women, where the clothes were designed by Jacqueline Durran. It was set in the Civil War era, obviously very Victorian. If you personally wanted to be inspired by that look for yourself, you might want to look at Brock (Collection), or Erdem, or even Louis Vuitton.”

After a brief pause, Wintour continued: “If I was going to choose one, I’d say she (Durran) deserves to win.”

Phillips and Durran will be competing against The Irishman’s Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson, Jojo Rabbit’s Mayes C. Rubeo, and Joker’s Mark Bridges at the Oscars, with the winner to be named during the ceremony on Sunday night. Durran recently won the BAFTA for Best Costume Design.

Elsewhere in the conversation, Wintour also named The Farewell, directed by Lulu Wang and starring Awkwafina, and Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite as two of her must-see films.

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Top designer slams Melissa McCarthy’s outrageous Oscars costume

A leading Hollywood designer has condemned the outrageous outfits Melissa McCarthy and Bryan Tyree Henry wore while presenting the Oscar for Best Costume Design on Sunday (24Feb19). The pair wore over-the-top outfits that represented the styles featur…

A leading Hollywood designer has condemned the outrageous outfits Melissa McCarthy and Bryan Tyree Henry wore while presenting the Oscar for Best Costume Design on Sunday (24Feb19).

The pair wore over-the-top outfits that represented the styles featured in the nominated films The Favourite, Mary Poppins Returns, Mary Queen of Scots, Black Panther, and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and McCarthy added more comedy by operating a rabbit hand puppet – a reference to the royal bunnies in The Favourite.

The Can You Ever Forgive Me? star and Henry’s moment in the spotlight was one of the ceremony’s comedy highlights, but not everyone found it funny, and in a Facebook post on Tuesday (26Feb19), Oscar nominated costume designer Arianne Phillips called the stunt “tasteless and insulting”.

“I like to think I have a sense of humour, and I love Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry,” she wrote. “But… I honestly thought this was tasteless and insulting to costume design.

“The Oscars are an opportunity to honour our craft. As costume designers we struggle with people in our own industry UNDERSTANDING our job. On this one night, where the work is supposed to be elevated (look at the international ratings), this is perhaps the most egregious misrepresentation not only of taste (which is subjective) but of value to the filmmaking process.”

Phillips, who was recognised by the Academy in years past for her work on films like Walk the Line and W.E., feels the decision to poke fun at looks crafted for film is going to lead to further misunderstandings surrounding the role of costume designer on set.

“We constantly have to explain our job (and) this kind of mockery only underscores frustration,” she continued. “(It) feels like major steps backwards. SHAME on The Academy for allowing this to be broadcast.”

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