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After that surprising snub by the Academy (not even a nomination) and BAFTA, Black Swan
costume designer Amy Westcott
has finally been rewarded, with a Costume Designers Guild (Cdg) Award for Excellence in Contemporary Film.
This was a tough category, too. Jeffrey Kurland
has hardly been mentioned, apart from by the public, regarding his almost entirely bespoke costumes for Inception
. Have the Guild responded to the recent, very public controversy between Westcott and Black Swan
contributors Kate and Laura Mulleavy
, i.e. Rodarte? Perhaps, yes, and we would not begin to suggest this is a bad thing either. Moreover the effectiveness of the Cdg lies in their broad distinction between genres, e.g. period and contemporary, allowing them to reward grand, noticeable costumes and subtler, more narrative lead design.