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From 17th Century Japan to the Wizarding World of J.K. Rowling, this year’s costume design Oscar race is typically wide-ranging, featuring many of the top talents in the field.
Period pieces always stand out, and one of the most vibrant displays this year is Jacqueline West’s work on Ben Affleck’s gangster picture “Live By Night.” Outfitting the somber hues of Depression Era Boston and the brighter casual colors of Tampa, West — a three-time nominee for “Quills,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “The Revenant” — was given a unique opportunity and ran with it.
“Live By Night” could run into trouble with critics, but thankfully this is a branch that doesn’t adhere to critical approval. That’s good news for films like “Rules Don’t Apply” and “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” too, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Ancient Egypt - a land of pyramids, colossal statues and unconvincing scorpions. Did you know that, in the time of the pharoahs, gods lived among ordinary mortals and could transform into huge, fire-spouting robots? Director Alex Proyas’ Gods Of Egypt may have been demolished by critics when it appeared in the Us earlier this year, but it’s certainly educational.
Proyas previously brought us such dark and moody delights as The Crow and Dark City, but Gods Of Egypt is completely unlike anything he’s made before. It’s big, it’s camp, it’s awash with CGI which varies in quality from shot to shot. In style and tone, it belongs in that same odd category of action fantasy films as Louis Leterrier’s Clash Of The Titans »
Oscar-nominated costume designer Jacqueline West and the Fashion Institute Of Design & Merchandising have created a scholarship for an outstanding Native American interested in the study of fashion or costume design. The Scholarship is open for entry now and will be awarded in early Fall 2016. In order to encourage youth of Native descent to enter the world of costume design and to raise awareness of careers in the design arena from fashion to costume design for theatre and film, the Scholarship includes a visiting internship with West. After a career as a fashion designer with her own label, sold in such department stores as Barney's and Fred Siegel, West in the late 80's started to create costumes for film. Since then her costume designs have been nominated for three Oscars, including "Quills" (2001), "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2009) and finally, "The Revenant." The scholarship is open to youths of Native American descent. »
- Anne Thompson
Jacqueline West at the premiere of The Revenant.© Frazer Harrison for Getty ImagesClothing was always in her blood though Costume Design came later. Two time Oscar nominee Jacqueline West (Quills, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), the daughter of an avante garde designer, originally pursued fashion. After building a successful clothing line of her own her career made a sudden fate-filled turn in the late 80s via a favor for a personal friend, the director Philip Kaufman.
Her filmography in the subsequent 25 years has been a grab bag of film genres -- her latest The Revenant (2015) is a 180 from Henry & June (1990) you must agree -- but the consistent throughline is that she's in demand with the auteur set. She's worked repeatedly with Terrence Malick, David Fincher, Philip Kaufman, and Ben Affleck. The Revenant marks her first, though one assumes not last, collaboration with Alejandro González Iñárritu. To get in the right mindset, »
- NATHANIEL R
4 items from 2016
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