Best Costume Design: 1964

Actual Nominations: As with Cinematography the category was split into BW and color and featured a cross-section of epics and musicals, featuring many of the same films as were nominated for Cinematography. The official winner for BW was Night Of The Iguana but there really isn’t a lot to pick between this and the other nominees- Hush Hush, A House Is Not A Home, Kisses For My President, The Visit. Again the colour nominations are more interesting, with Harry Stradling picking up the win for My Fair Lady. Completing the nominations are Becket, Mary Poppins, Molly Brown, and What A Way To Go. Edith Head’s designs were nominated in both colour and BW, but she did not pick up a win this year.

My Winner: BW: Night Of The Iguana. Colour: Mary Poppins. Few films of the decade had such vibrancy in all areas as Mary Poppins, so it gets my vote over My Fair Lady.

My Nominations: My Fair Lady. Mary Poppins. Band Of Outsiders. A Fistful Of Dollars. The Fall Of The Roman Empire. Zulu.

I’ve added 4 films to the 2 carried over from the official nominations, and only 1 of the 6 is BW. Band Of Outsiders has that timeless cool French Chic thanks largely to Christiane Fageol’s work which is in stark contrast to my other picks. A Fistful Of Dollars is as you would expect, all dirty, beaten ponchos, but it was films like this which started the endearing look and people like Carlo Simi and Maria Casado who perfected it. My final picks are historical epics, a genre which relies heavily on Costume Design to convey authenticity and tone. It may seem easy to pick a popular outfit of the time and put actors in it, but it takes an unprecedented amount of time, detail, and dedication to get everything just right. Arthur Newman may not have had a large career in Wardrobe, but each feature he worked on has that memorable touch. In Zulu he oversees the costumes of our band of under siege soldiers but also the tribal garments of the marauding warriors. However, my win goes to the joint venture between Veniero Colasanti and John Moore (who also provided the Set Design) whose experience of working together on other hits such as El Cid pays off for the lost epic The Fall Of The Roman Empire. Their designs range from outfits for soldiers of all levels to pure tunics for senators to luxurious dresses for Sophia Loren.

My Winner: The Fall Of The Roman Empire. 

Let us know your picks for the best Costume Design of 1964!

Best Costume Design: 1963

This year the nominess were split into Colour and BW again. It was another Edith Head heavy year, but no win this time.

Official Nominations: Colour: Cleopatra. How The West Was Won. A New Kind Of Love. The Leopard. The Cardinal.

BW: 8 and a half. The Stripper. Toys In The Attic. Wives And Lovers. Love With The Proper Stranger.

My Winner: Cleopatra. 8 And A Half.

Unsurprising picks of winners from me, with Cleopatra setting new standards for lavish design in every department, from sets to costumes. The team of Irene Sharaff, Vittorio Nino Novarese, and Renie pick up both my win, and the Official Colour win. In the same vein, Piero Gherardi wins the Official award and my award, outdoing two Edith Head projects for his work on 8 1/2.

My Nominations: Cleopatra. From Russia With Love. Jason And The Argonauts. The Pink Panther. The Great Escape. How The West Was Won

It’s an all colour list for me this year, with only two films making it over from the official list. Out of the rest of my nominations, From Russia With Love and The Pink Panther show obvious flair, but most notable is the work on Jason And The Argonauts, with Gods, men, and monsters all suitably attired.

My Winner: Cleopatra.

Best Costume Design- 1962

Official Nominations: BW:   What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? – Norma Koch.   Days of Wine and Roses – Don Feld.   The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – Edith Head.   The Miracle Worker – Ruth Morley.  Phaedra – Denny Vachlioti

Colour:   The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm – Mary Wills.   My Geisha – Edith HeadThe Music Man – Dorothy JeakinsGypsy – Orry-KellyBon Voyage! – Bill Thomas

My Winner: Again I agree with the choices of winners this year- Baby Jane and Brothers Grimm. A rare winless year for Edith Head, Norma Koch’s weary, grim costumes for Baby Jane add to the unsettling tone, while Mary Wills gives abundant flare to the onscreen antics of Brothers Grimm.

My Nominations:  The 300 Spartans. Dr. No. Lawrence Of Arabia. Lolita. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Mutiny On The Bounty. Baby Jane. Brothers Grimm.

My Winner: My winner this year goes to The 300 Spartans thanks to epic scale and wonderfully detailed costumes on both warring sides. Ginette Devaud did not have a huge career but deserves the win here.

Do you like shell-suits and ankle-warmers? If so, give your thoughts on this year’s picks in the comments!

Best Costume Design: 1961

Actual Nominations: BW: Piero Gherardhi – La Dolce Vita. Dorothy Jeakins – The Children’s Hour. Howard Shoup – Claudelle Inglish. Jean Louis – Judgement At Nuremberg. Yoshiro Muraki – Yojimbo.  Colour 1961: Irene Sharaff – West Side Story. Bill Thomas – Babes In Toyland. Jean Louis – Back Street. Irene Sharaff – Flower Drum Song. Edith Head/Walter Plunkett – Pocketful Of Miracles.

An interesting year with Jean Louis picking up a nomination in both BW and Colour categories and Irene Sharaff getting two for colour, including the win. Naturally, the eternal Edith Head got her yearly nomination.

My Winner: Out of the actual nominations my winner for colour would be West Side Story, agreeing with The Academy, and for Black and White I would go against La Dolce Vita and choose Yojimbo.

Yojimbo

My Nominations: The Children’s Hour. Yojimbo. West Side Story. The Guns Of Navarone. Hogs And Warships. The Human Condition. Nefertiti. The End Of Summer. Breakfast At Tiffany’s.

I’ve picked a few films which  missed out on nominations- a few Japanese films marked by elegance, a war film accurately costumed, and Nefertiti, Queen Of The Nile which did a great job capturing the age with a limited budget and what would be deemed a lower quality European cast. It’s difficult to argue with the vibrancy of West Side Story once again, so it gets my vote.

My Winner: West Side Story

West Side Story

Best Costume Design: 1960

Again this was split into 2 for BW and colour.

Offical Nominations: The Facts Of Life. Never On Sunday. The Rise And Fall Of Legs Diamond. Seven Thieves. The Virgin Spring. Spartacus- my winner. Can Can. Midnight Lace. Pepe. Sunrise At Campobello.

Spartacus

My nominations:

Spartacus.

The Lost World.

The Magnificent Seven.

My Winner: Spartacus.

Arlington (fred) Valles and Bill Thomas created a wide array of costumes for Kubrick’s epic, and with a director like Kubrick, you’d better believe he was watching for any inconsistencies or flaws. Spartacus was Valles’ last film and he deservedly picks up the win thanks to attention to detail and sheer scale of the job.