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This year’s Academy Award-nominated films featured costumes that can best be described as dazzling, elegant, and gritty. Here, Best Costume Design nominees discuss how they brought those looks to life. Carol Designer: Sandy Powell

Worth beaded butterfly fancy dress gown, circa 1912 | Trained ivory silk charmeuse beneath a heavily decorated chiffon overlay, the bodice front and back having a pair of butterfly wings in gold, white and blue beads, back of dress covered in blue chiffon over tulle with large gold sequined stripes, gold lamé loop to raise the train. Matching headpiece of wings in matching decoration on chiffon. Former property of Margaret Draper, Princess Boncompagni. Charles A. Whitaker Auctions

Worth beaded butterfly fancy dress gown, circa 1912 | Trained ivory silk charmeuse beneath a heavily decorated chiffon overlay, the bodice front and back having a pair of butterfly wings in gold, white and blue beads, back of dress covered in blue chiffon over tulle with large gold sequined stripes, gold lamé loop to raise the train. Matching headpiece of wings in matching decoration on chiffon. Former property of Margaret Draper, Princess Boncompagni. Charles A. Whitaker Auctions

Fortuny Peplos Gown   Late 1920s/early 1930s   Of aquamarine pleated silk, sleeveless, with ruffled drawstring neckline, overtunic with pointed hem sewn with brick tone Venetian glass beads, the beads repeated at shoulders, gold stenciled belt

Fortuny Peplos Gown Late 1920s/early 1930s Of aquamarine pleated silk, sleeveless, with ruffled drawstring neckline, overtunic with pointed hem sewn with brick tone Venetian glass beads, the beads repeated at shoulders, gold stenciled belt

Backless Velvet Wedding Gown 1930 1920 Art by FrenchKnotCouture

Velvet Wedding Dress, Backless, 1930, 1920, Art Deco, Vintage Inspired, SONATA, Winter Wedding, Red Alternative, Colors

1930s peach silk gown, back view

1930s peach silk gown, back view jean dress wedding bridal evening long train lo

Gown, Norman Hartnell: 1959, with crinoline skirt heavily embroidered with beads and sequins. Worn by HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

Gown, Norman Hartnell: 1959, with crinoline skirt heavily embroidered with beads and sequins. Worn by HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

Loving the plaid! McQueen: Ensemble Widows of Culloden, autumn/winter 2006–7 Dress of McQueen wool tartan; top of nude silk net appliquéd with black lace; underskirt of cream silk tulle

Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2006 Ready-To-Wear show report

Loving the plaid! McQueen: Ensemble Widows of Culloden, autumn/winter 2006–7 Dress of McQueen wool tartan; top of nude silk net appliquéd with black lace; underskirt of cream silk tulle

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