This year will be a battle royal at the Emmys for Best Period/Fantasy Costumes for a Series, Limited Series of Movie. Among the nominees are “Feud: Bette and Joan,” the FX limited series about Hollywood royalty Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, and “The Crown,” the Netflix drama series which chronicles the lives of the British Royal Family headed up by Queen Elizabeth II.
“Feud” submitted their most ambitious episode of the season “And the Winner Is…(The Oscars of 1963)” as the best example of the work of nominees Lou Eyrich, Hannah Jacobs, and Katie Saunders). The level of detail in recreating the actual dresses worn by Davis (Susan Sarandon), Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Olivia de Havilland (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is remarkable. Eyrich, has been on a roll winning three consecutive Emmys for “American Horror Story” (2014-2016). Joining Eyrich are first-time Emmy nominees Jacobs (“Mad Men”) and Saunders (“Lackawanna Blues).
“The Crown” submitted the pilot “Wolferton Splash” for nominees Michele Clapton, Alex Fordham, Emma O’Loughlin and Kate O’Farrell). The bulk of the episode takes place at the royal wedding of then Princess Elizabeth (Claire Foy) and Philip Mountbatten (Matt Smith). Like “Feud.” the pain-staking attention to detail of the wedding dress, bridesmaid’s gowns and military uniforms is an excellent display of craftsmanship. Clapton is a three-time Emmy winner for “Game of Thrones” (2012, 2014 and 2016). She is joined by her “Game of Thrones” collaborator Fordham who shared in the first two of those wins and two first-time nominees: O’Loughlin who also worked on “Game of Thrones” and O’Farrell (“An Education”).
At the Costume Designers Guild Awards held at the beginning of the year “The Crown” team took the prize for Best Period Television Series while Clapton also picked up the award for Best Fantasy Television Series for “Game of Thrones.” Clapton and “The Crown” both won BAFTAs too.
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